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Get involved with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources this June

Opening of the Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources.
Opening of the Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2023) ­— The University of Kentucky is a community that values inclusiveness and belonging for everyone.

As part of its commitment to those values, throughout the week of April, the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources, a unit housed in the Office for Student Success, will observe UK Pride Week- April 8th through April 13th. 

The weekly celebration takes place every April to celebrate the office's three pillars with students: Education, Advocacy and Community Building while also building allyship amongst partners across campus. 

The roots of the gay rights movement go back to the early 1900s when a handful of individuals in North America and Europe created gay and lesbian organizations. 

Over the years, gay pride week and events have spread from large cities to smaller towns and villages including college campuses worldwide. 

While the Office of LGBTQ* Resources observes pride week in April and celebrates Pride Month in June, work is done year-round to support the LGBTQ* community. The office’s mission focuses on three core pillars — education, advocacy and community building. With this mission in mind, the office is actively engaged in supporting student organizations, offering professional development opportunities for campus groups, and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals from all walks of life.

Here are six ways you can get involved with the office this month and beyond: 

  1. Take the SAFE Pledge. At UK, diversity is valued, inclusion is imperative, and belonging is foundational. By signing the Safe pledge, wearing a Safe badge, and displaying an electronic Safe badge in your email signature, you are conveying your commitment to these ideas and announcing your commitment to share a safe space with your colleagues through tangible action. 
  2. Internships. The undergraduate student programming internship opportunity is a formalized way for students to connect with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, develop leadership and programming skills, create diverse campus connections and explore issues related to gender and sexual orientation advocacy that impact campus belonging and inclusivity.
  3. Scholarships. The Office of LGBTQ* Resources offers all students several scholarship opportunities. Applications for scholarships are open annually March 1st and are not given on a recurring basis.
  4. Grants. One-time grants are awarded to currently enrolled full-time graduate and professional students to support research and/or professional development related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or intersectional approaches to identity.
  5. SafeZone Workshops. SafeZone Workshops are 90-minute workshops to equip individuals to be more aware and active allies. This workshop explores LGBTQ* identities, strategies for supporting student experiences and exploring LGBTQ* related campus and community resources.
  6. Student Groups. The office supports LGBTQ* student organizations through space, event collaboration, and the LGBTQ* Student Collective. This initiative allows officers or designated members to attend monthly meetings to discuss topical concerns, develop leadership skills, request funds and express concerns.

The Office of LGBTQ* Resources is located in the Dinkle-Mas Suite in the Gatton Student Center. The campus community can drop by the Dinkle-Mas Suite from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are a student and would like to stay up to date on information regarding the office and stay in the know on events hosted by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, register to join the Discord server, a free voice, video and text chat app open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students at UK or follow them on Instagram at @ukylgbtq= or Facebook at University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ Resources.

At the University of Kentucky, students are at the center of all that we do. From the moment you become a Wildcat through graduation and beyond, the Office for Student Success is committed to supporting you. Comprised of five areas and 25 units, together, they have one vision — to help students live a life of meaning. Student Success works through an equitable, holistic and inclusive lens to design and deliver unparalleled services and support a diverse community of learners in achieving their wildest ambitions. In the Office for Student Success this is what we do — this is who we are. You can explore resources available to you here. If you have additional questions, you can reach a Student Success team member by calling the helpline 859-218-YouK (9685).