Welcome

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the Resource Office works in conjunction with our sister centers, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the new Women and Gender Office, to help prepare students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society. We work each day to develop tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change.

Since 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus from our office in B-103 Brewster Building. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our resources include: a lending library; information on campus, local, and national resources; and two computer workstations, in addition to a social area and offices for our staff. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs and events, and participate in national campaigns such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day, “Gay? Fine by Me,” Bisexual Awareness Week, Asexual Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Visibility.  We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office–everyone is always welcome!

UNDERSTANDING ASEXUALITY

Monday, October 22 at 7 pm

All humans are unique and individual, and sexual orientation exists on a spectrum of needs, desires, interests, and attractions. Think of asexuality as an umbrella term that describes people who identify as asexual, gray-asexual, and demisexual.  The evening’s presentation includes a student experience panel moderated by LGBT Resource Office Graduate Assistant Zachary Dale.  Join us in exploring asexuality.

Presented as part of Asexual Awareness Week.

The event, in Mendenhall Student Center Room 244, is free and open to the public.

Auditions for Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

October 23

In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before.  Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play was hailed as funny, outrageous, angry, and moving.  It addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding sexual violence and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women.  The play continues to resonate with audiences around the world and is now as relevant as it was 24 years ago at its premiere.

Casting is open to all women and trans* individuals.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to audition.  No experience or advance preparation necessary.

Performance will take place February 19, 2019 in the new Student Center.  The campus production is presented on campus in recognition of the V-Day Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Auditions are Tuesday, October 23, 6 to 8 pm in the LGBT Resource Office in Brewster B-103.

For more information, call the LGBT Resource Office at 737-4451.

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

“Gender Justice as Human Rights Work”

Monday, November 5 at 7 pm

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, is a Transqueer Latinx activist scholar. Their dynamic and inspiring presentations explore the Intersections of queer justice and anti-racism, dismantling white supremacy and displacing whiteness, gender justice as human rights work, and bridging differences within our communities, campuses and churches.

Whether speaking to universities, communities, writing for HuffPost or Religion Dispatches, Dr. Robyn uses tools learned in both the academy and activism to stand in the hybrid space of higher education, communities, and movements for justice, curating activist scholarship with deep intention of bridging with difference.  Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist scholar and theologian to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns. Robyn sees this work as a life-orienting vocation, deeply committed to translating theory to practice, and embedded in re-imagining our moral horizon to one which privileges a politics of radical difference.

Free and open to the public at 7 pm in Hendrix Theater.

 

The LGBT Legacy Project

Fall 2018:  The impact of bullying

Our stories are our history, each one a reflection of a life lived and a journey unique to each individual.  The lives of generations of people in the LGBT community have gone unrecorded due to homophobia, transphobia, fear, prejudice, shame, and, sadly, bullying.

Despite the perception that society is becoming more open and welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons,victimization disparities have not improved since the 1990s (when they were first measured).  Some forms of victimization, particularly those affecting youth, appear to be worsening. This has serious, lifelong impacts on the physical and behavioral health of LGBTQ+ youth and adults.*

The LGBT Legacy Project invites you to share your story of the impact of bullying in your life as a member of the LGBT community.  We welcome submissions of essays (1000 to 1500 words in length) which must be double spaced with one inch margins.  Open to all currently enrolled ECU undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.

Deadline for submission is Friday, November 9, 2018.  Information and submission process at ECUAWard at https://ecu.academicworks.com.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First prize            $500

Second prize       $300

Third prize           $200

Winners will be notified via email by November 26, 2018.

*As cited in “Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Know?”, Tasseli McKay, Shilpi Misra, and Christine Lindquist, March 2017

 

TRUE COLORS: WE ARE THE CHANGE

A Photographic Exhibit

October 1-31

“True Colors: We Are The Change” is a collaboration between the LGBT Resource Office and the School of Art and Design in celebration of LGBT History Month.  “We Are The Change” marks the third year of the project and participants share their vision for the LGBTQ community and how they impact change.  This theme was developed in anticipation of the opening of ECU’s new Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center.  Once it opens in January 2019, it will be the largest center of its kind in the UNC system.

Simultaneous exhibits will take place in Mendenhall Student Center and the Health Sciences Student Center.

The public is invited to attend.

 

 

 

Coffee House

Wednesdays at 7 pm

Coffee House is a weekly gathering for students exploring topics such as identity development, coping skills, and intersectionality in a safe and welcoming community.  Co-facilitated by Zachary Dale and Hunter Roberts, graduate assistants in the LGBT Resource Office, Coffee House is designed to foster understanding in a supportive environment. Wednesdays at 7 pm in Brewster B-104.

Upcoming Coffee House topics:

October 24:  Ace Awareness

October 31:  Halloween Social

Nov 7:  Gender Justice with Ashley Cleland, Intercultural Affairs Associate Director for the Women and Gender Office

 

 

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

Next meeting:  November 15 at 6 pm

Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, facilitates a monthly gathering created to offer students of color the opportunity to build community and work together to navigate the complexity of intersectional identities.

Every third Thursday at 6 pm in Brewster B-104. The next meeting is November 15.

 

 

ECU EARNS PREMIER CAMPUS DISTINCTION

Campus Pride Index award rating of 4.5

East Carolina University has been recognized by Campus Pride for its institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program, and practice. ECU received a 4.5-star rating based on a five-point scale on the Campus Pride Index, which is the primary LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for assisting college campuses to create safer, more inclusive campus communities and learning environments.

An ECU leadership team from the Division of Student Affairs provided Campus Pride with documentation from eight LGBTQ-friendly inclusive categories: policy, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention.

The overall 4.5-star rating earns ECU the designation of Premier Campus. In fact, ECU scored a perfect 5-star rating in the categories of LGBTQ support and institutional commitment and campus safety.  ECU, along with UNC Greensboro, received the highest score among UNC System institutions participating in the Campus Pride Index.

Adding to our institutional commitment to LGBTQ inclusion, the new Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center opens in the new Main Campus Student Center in November 2018. This will be the largest resource office in the UNC system.

The Campus Pride Index is an excellent resource for students and their families who are seeking LGBTQ friendly campuses and serves as a valuable recruiting instrument for the University. Prospective students, families/parents, and those interested in higher education can search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses committed to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.

Click here to learn more about Campus Pride and the ECU report card.

The Student Affairs leadership team was comprised of:

  • Jon Cockerham – ECU Student
  • Ellen Goldberg – Associate Director of Clinical Operations in Student Health Services
  • Kathy Hill – Director of Student Affairs Assessment Research and Retention
  • Dr. Erik Kneubuehl – Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Aaron Lucier – Associate Director for Housing Operations
  • Mark Rasdorf – Associate Director for the LGBT Resource Office
  • Wanda Tyler – Director of Intercultural Affairs

Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.  Since 2007, the Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.  The free online tool allows prospective students, families/parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses who have come out to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.