LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2021) — In honor of national Transgender Week of Awareness (TWOA), the University of Kentucky’s Office of LGBTQ* Resources, housed in the Office for Student Success, is hosting its own week of awareness Nov. 15 through Nov. 20.
Each year, people and organizations around the country participate in Trans Awareness Week to help raise visibility surrounding transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
“This week is important to focus our attention and awareness on the experiences of transgender and nonbinary individuals through the lens of education and advocacy,” said Robert Hayes, director of Student Transitions and Family Programs.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get involved during awareness week to bring attention to the community, educate the public and advance advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that impact the transgender community.
UK’s Trans Awareness Week schedule of events include:
Button Making in the Dinkle-Mas Suite | Monday, Nov. 15. The Office of LGBTQ* Resources encourages all folks to come by and make a pronoun button.
Pop-up Stop & Shop | Tuesday, Nov. 16. In honor of TWOA, the Office of LGBTQ* Resources wants to encourage students to come by the Dinkle-Mas Suite from noon until 5 p.m. to pick up donated clothing items.
Affirmation Board | Wednesday, Nov. 17. The campus community can stop by the Dinkle-Mas Suite for notes with words of encouragement and inspirational quotes. Students are also welcome to leave quotes.
Virtual Health Care Panel | 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. More information is coming and will be posted on the office’s BBNvolved page.
Karaoke | 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Hosted by SGA in Worsham Cinema.
While TWOA only lasts one week, UK works to support trans students year-round through a number of support programs and resources.
“There are several ways the University of Kentucky can help to support the community throughout the year,” Hayes said. “The UK Counseling Center offers a Trans-Expansive Support Group on Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. UK HealthCare also offers the Transform Health Clinic, which focuses on the needs of the LGBTQ* community. Additionally, the Office of LGBTQ* Resources encourages visitors to the Dinkle-Mas Suite to connect with staff and peers to help build community.”
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.