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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:39 AM

Consortium Activities at Creating Change 2019

Hello Consortium members,

The 2019 Creating Change Conference is quickly approaching, January 23rd - 27th in Detroit, MI, and we’re excited to once again be in community with you all. As we, the Executive Board, finalize details for the conference, we’re pleased to inform you of what we have planned thus far. This email will offer some details on Consortium activities at Creating Change 2019.

Consortium Activities at Creating Change 

Please note: as is the case every year, we will not have the exact room number for the Consortium Suite in the conference hotel (Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center) until check-in, which we will announce via social media. Similarly, we have not yet been informed of the exact location of our Community Gathering. Follow #LGBTCampusCC19 for updates & room locations.

Note about the Consortium Institute

Based on feedback from previous years, we are pleased to make space for members to attend the Racial Justice Institute and the constituency-based daylong institutes of their choice on Wednesday and Thursday. We have worked with the Task Force to ensure robust time together in lieu of a daylong institute- in addition to a variety of socials and connection points, please join us for an Academy Session on Friday morning.

Wednesday, January 23rd 

  • Community Gathering (formerly the Business Meeting), 8pm - 9:30pm, (Mackinaw East/West, 5th floor)
  • Consortium Social, 9:30pm - 11:00pm (Hotel bar - Consortium takeover)

Thursday, January 24

  • Graduate Student Social, 9:30pm - 11:00pm (Consortium Suite) 

Friday, January 25 

  • Creating Change Academy Session: Resilience & Connection for QTIPOC+ Practitioners, 9:00am - 12:15pm (Cascade B)
  • Creating Change Academy Session:Interrogating & Decentering Whiteness in LGBTQ Campus Services, 9:00am - 12:15pm (Cascade D)
  • State of The Movement Address (Consortium Recognition of International Pronouns Day), 1:30pm - 2:45pm, (Location TBA)
  • TGQ Dinner, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Consortium Suite)
  • Creating Change 60 Caucus Session:  What's Next? Transitioning Out of LGBTQ Higher Education Work, 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Duluth A, 5th Floor)
  • Past Consortium Board Member Social, 8:00pm - 9:00pm (Consortium Suite)
  • Consortium Meet Up, 9:00pm - 10:30pm (Consortium Suite)

Saturday, January 26 

  • LGBT2 Lunch, 11am - 12:30pm, (Consortium Suite)
  • Regional Representatives Meeting, 7:45-9pm, (Consortium Suite)
  • POC Dinner, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Consortium Suite)
  • Sober Social, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, (Consortium Suite)
  • Memorial Service for Dr. Sheltreese McCoy, 7:45pm-9pm, (LaSalle A)

Awards & Special Recognition

We are excited to recognize a number of individuals for within our membership for outstanding service and contribution to our communities and institutions.

Special Recognition by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

  • International Pronouns Day

Promising New Professional recipients 

  • Babyface Card, Coordinator, Center for Leadership & Service, Florida International University
  • Jamie Gonzalez, Diversity Education Coordinator, LGBTQ Resource Center, University of Houston

Service to the Consortium recipients

  • Warren Scherer, Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Executive Board of the Consortium has dedicated the Outstanding Social Justice Practice award to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy. Dr. McCoy committed her life's work to advancing and centering queer and trans people of color in higher education, specifically Black liberation within LGBTQ resource work. To read more about Dr. McCoy, please visit the Consortium’s full statement in her memory: https://tinyurl.com/sheltreesemccoy

Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Award for Outstanding Practice in Social Justice inaugural recipients

  • Romeo Jackson, LGBTQ & Gender Program Coordinator/Interim Assistant Director for Social Justice, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Jaimée Marsh, Associate Director, Q Center, University of Washington

More updates about our activities will be shared within the coming weeks through email and social media using the hashtag #LGBTCampusCC19. If you have any questions or concerns about Consortium activities, please contact any of our Executive Board Members by email.

Sincerely,
Consortium Executive Board

 
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Monday, November 26, 2018 01:43 PM

In Memory of Dr. Sheltreese McCoy

The board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is heartbroken to learn of the passing of a dear colleague, friend, and member, Dr. Sheltreese ‘Treese’ D. McCoy. Her death means a profound loss to our profession and to the many students, faculty, staff, and colleagues who had an opportunity to know her.

Treese committed her life's work to advancing and centering queer and trans people of color in higher education, specifically Black liberation within LGBTQ resource work.

From 2012 to 2017 Treese developed and coordinated the Crossroads Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Crossroads Initiative is the first university-funded collaborative initiative between a Multicultural Student Center and a Gender and Sexuality Campus Center addressing the intersectional realities of students through programming, affinity spaces, education, individual support, mentorship, advocacy, and resource development centering QTPOC students. This groundbreaking initiative Treese spearheaded served as a national best practice in serving QTPOC students in higher education. In this role, Treese created the QPOC Resource Guide which highlights books, articles, movies, organizations, websites, and blogs that feature queer and trans people of color.  This guide has been, and continues to be, distributed and used in our daily work in serving QTPOC in higher education, and many of us have drawn inspiration from this resource for our own programs and initiatives. She also used Crossroads as a platform to host the first statewide Wisconsin QTPOC conference in 2015.

For those members who did not have the opportunity to know Treese, we urge you to learn more about her and her work, including the following and more:

Treese drew inspiration from her own lived experiences and years of professional work supporting students. She led confidently, humbly, critically, and with a deep sense of care and love for the people around her.  She truly saw and acknowledged people in their wholeness, specifically queer and trans students and professionals of color. For many QTPOC professionals in the Consortium, Treese and her work was a possibility model for us and helped many of us see that it is possible to do the work of serving and centering QTPOC voices unapologetically.

In love and solidarity,
The Consortium Board

 
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Friday, October 26, 2018 11:13 AM
The Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Resource Professionals is proud to serve  a field of practitioners comprised of a vast array of dedicated individuals committed to enriching the lives and campus climates for LGBTQ people. It is only appropriate that we are honor and recognize the labor of our colleagues and the sustainable impact that we all have at our institutions
This year we are excited to invite nominations for the following three 2019 Consortium awards: 
 
Outstanding Social Justice Practice
 
This award recognizes significant commitments to social justice in both the field of Student Affairs as an academic discipline and through advanced practice in a professional capacity. This includes research, published work, advocacy, policy change, advising and/or mentoring student organizations, curriculum creation, best practices, and other work that addresses the intersecting identities of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, national origin, age, familial status, veteran status, and other emerging identities.
 
Exemplary nominees for this award exhibit:
  • contribution to the practice of socially just, intersectional practice in LGBTQ student services with clearly defined accomplishments and documentation
  • contribution to the body of literature regarding intersectionality in the academy
  • successfully worked with and across multiple communities/identities to make change
 
Promising New Professional
 
This award recognizes a professional with less than five years of experience and the unique role new professionals play in supporting students and innovating campus programs while elevating the work of a campus LGBTQ Center. The award recognizes a new professional who is doing outstanding service, demonstrates innovative or creative effort within the profession, and shows significant promise for leadership on the field.
 
Exemplary nominees for this award exhibit:
  • work that has created and assessed marked change in a campus center, office, or unit that provides direct service to LGBTQ people on campus
  • work that impacts local campus and LGBTQ people on a regional and national level.
 
Service to the Consortium
This award is designed to recognize and honor individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Consortium over a number of years through assuming a leadership role. Awardees will have demonstrated involvement in organizational programs and activities, including the support of Consortium members.
 
Exemplary nominees for this award exhibit:
  • substantial contribution to the work and success of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals over time
  • service to the Consortium through leadership roles at different levels
  • demonstrated value of and engagement with the mission and values of the organization
Nomination Requirements and Timeline
In addition to information about the nominator and nominee, the nominator should submit the following materials in support of their nomination:
  • a cover sheet/email indicating the below basic information
  • a copy of the Nominee's Curricula Vitae and/or resume
  • a nomination letter, written by the nominator
  • no more than two additional letters of support
  • any other  relevant supporting documentation (such as news stories/ articles) that strengthen the nomination
To submit a nomination, please fill out this form by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Winners will be announced at Creating Change 2019, but nominees do not have to be present at Creating Change to win. Nominees (and nominators) do not have to be members of the Consortium.
If you have any questions about the awards process, please reach out to Kayla Lisenby ([email protected]) or Rashad Small ([email protected]). 
 
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Friday, February 23, 2018 04:31 PM

A Letter to Members Post Creating Change 2018

Dear Members:
We hope this email finds you all well and settled into the routine of the semester! The beginning of a new year and new semester can bring with it an opportunity for change and growth. It is in this spirit that we want to share with you where we are as an organization, provide a recap of the Consortium’s time at Creating Change 2018, and inform our members of the work the Executive Board will be taking on as we move through 2018.


Creating Change 2018
Executive Board retreat & work with our consultants
In our early January email, we shared that the board has decided to hire consultants, Dr. Kai Green and Micah Hobbes-Frazier  to help align the organization’s leadership structure to best fit our mission. One phase of this work was an all-board retreat with Kai and Micah at Creating Change 2018. The retreat took place on Tuesday January 23rd and was really transformative. One of the immediate changes that took place from that retreat was the restructuring of our annual Creating Change Business Meeting. It became clear to us that framing the only time that our members and the executive board come together throughout the year around Business felt counter to our mission and values. We quickly changed the name to Community Gathering and worked on creating a space that centered the feedback and experiences of membership, rather than leadership. In that Community Gathering we asked for the following feedback:

  • how do you educate & push yourself in your practice? how can we help?
  • strategies for healing in this work/how do you keep yourself from burning out
  • how do you enact pipeline in your hiring, mentorship, and advocacy?
  • how could you operationalize racial justice in your work if there were no barriers


For those that could not make the Community Gathering and would like to provide us their feedback to these questions, please do so through this form. All of this feedback will be sent to our consultants as we continue the work of becoming a mission-driven organization.


Consortium Elections
As an update to members who were not at Creating Change, we wanted to give more information regarding elections. As a part of the work we are doing with the consultants, they are working with us to restructure the board and help us rethink positions to better align with our mission and vision. To that end we shared with membership at are community gathering that we will be postponing elections until the process with the consultants is completed. We have received initial guidance from the consultants that holding off on the board elections is the right next step as we work together to reimagine board structure. We expect to have a fuller update and report from the consultants toward the end of the semester.


Day-long institute: Recap from Education Committee Chairs, Juliann Hass and Cam Breither
When developing this year’s daylong institute, the Education Committee, to whom we are grateful for their work, actively worked to build an agenda that would provide space for education, connection, and transformation among and between colleagues engaging in LGBTQ work within higher education through intentional conversation. Our goal for the institute was to provide much needed space to discuss current tensions in the field and how they are impacted and shaped by identity and region. Throughout the day we saw both opportunities for further conversation and a need for healing, specifically at the intersections of race and queerness within the field.  The hurt in response to the panel reinforced the urgent need for more depth and intentionality within this community/coalition building work. When we stop seeing each other, even for a moment, the forces that seek to marginalize community members become painfully present.  As we look toward next year we welcome all interested voices to be involved directly, constructively, and tangibly in crafting the vision, mission, and content for the Consortium Daylong Institute at Creating Change 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.


During the Institute comments were made that included remarks that did not align with our mission to center racial justice in our work. As a board and panel members we came together to offer multiple ways for members to reflect as a community, to come together in QTPOC spaces, and to engage with the board regarding the panel. As we move forward in the actualization of our mission, we will continue to address situations like these while offering spaces for education and accountability in addressing how racism and white supremacy show up in our work. Though we might not do it perfectly, we are grateful for our members who can come together in community as we move through this messy but needed process.
 
If you had the opportunity to attend the Institute at Creating Change, please take a moment to fill out the Creating Change 2018 Daylong Institute Evaluation.
 
Summer Institute
As we mentioned in an earlier email, we will not be hosting a Summer Institute. We are hoping to use this intentional pause as an opportunity to invest our time and energy as a board to the work with the consultants toward aligning our organizational structure with our mission. This spring and summer the board will take a deep look into our work, both philosophically and operationally. We will regularly update members as we continue this process.


We thank you for your continued patience and trust in the executive board as we attempt to make changes to an organization so many of us care deeply about and believe in. Our goal is to better the organization to best serve the needs of our members, to better serve you all as you do the work to liberate LGBTQ people, in all our intersecting identities, in higher education. There is no better way to capture the sentiments of this work than the video, our Research and Assessment Award recipient, DL Stewart shared with participants at the Creating Change conference. Please watch DL’s video here.


Onward,
Dr. Adriana di Bartolo, Dr. Van Bailey, and LB Hannahs

 
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 05:16 PM

Updated Statement on Scout Schultz

Please note: this statement has been updated to include biphobia. The Consortium Board apologies for not explicitly naming this form of violence in our first message, especially in light of the fact that Scout identified as bisexual and because, as Robyn Ochs reminded us, data shows clearly that bi+ youth exhibit very high levels of minority stress.

Dear Membership,

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is deeply saddened and troubled by the death of Scout Schultz (they/them/theirs), a fourth-year engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology who proudly and publicly identified as bisexual, intersex, and non-binary. Scout was the president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech and an important presence in the LGBTQIA+ community.

We want to offer our support and love to our colleagues at Georgia Tech, and we stand in  solidarity and offer affirmation to all of our members and communities. We recognize the absolute reality that this could happen on any of our campuses at any time, and we know this situation is likely to impact students across the country as we all process the loss of Scout. There is no textbook or course that prepares us to respond to such instances that spark feelings of pain, anger, grief, fear, and a myriad of other emotions, both in ourselves and in the students and communities to whom we dedicate ourselves in service.


As a board, we are particularly concerned about the response and actions of campus police officers in this tragedy. The use of deadly violence against a student experiencing a mental health crisis, coupled with the lack of de-escalation tactics utilized in the situation, is alarming. We frequently see students in crisis when homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and racism are wreaking havoc on their mental health. This could have been prevented by a deeper awareness, understanding, and competency when working with our communities on campus and beyond. From the streets of St. Louis to our campuses, we know police brutality and violence against our communities is systemic and justice is rarely served.  Any authorities whose use of power interrupts what should be a common mission to foster student resilience and persistence need to be held accountable.


We acknowledge and appreciate the hard work that you’re doing and we want to offer community space and resources to support you. Please join us for a conference call for our membership on Monday, October 2nd from 1pm-2:30pm EST /10am-11:30am PST/12pm-1:30pm CST for connection and discussion about our collective promising practices for crisis response.

The call-in information is listed below.

 

1. Dial into the conference:

 

  Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0701 - United States

 

  Access Code: 920022

 

  International Dial-in Numbers:https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/treasurer601/#international

 

2. Join the online meeting:

 

  Online Meeting Link:https://join.freeconferencecall.com/treasurer601

 

  Online Meeting ID: treasurer601

 

Instructions:

 

At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.

 

To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

 

For 24/7 customer service please call 844-844-1322

 

 

We believe that we can make change as a community of connected practitioners. In addition, see the document Promising practices in crisis response and add your own statements, programs, and other insights to learn and support your colleagues. We are here for you; please let us know what else you need.


In solidarity,

The Consortium Executive Board

 
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