Events and Announcements
Stonewall Center Hiring Student Staff
The Stonewall Center is hiring one or two UMass undergraduate students to work on organizing the Northeast QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Conference and other programs and to develop and present educational trainings. The person/people hired could begin in December or at the start of the spring semester. Applicants should have experience organizing events and/or public speaking skills and have a good knowledge of intersectionality and LGBTQ+ experiences. To apply, please fill out the student employment application at https://www.umass.edu/stonewall/about-us/working-center and submit it to the center. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of 11/27.
The Stonewall Center is currently accepting donations to support Puerto Rican students and their families in the Holyoke Public School system who were displaced by Hurricane Maria. Items sought:
- new toiletries
- winter clothes, coats, and shoes
- hats, gloves, scarves
- Spanish to English dictionaries
- bilingual (Spanish and English) books
Items can be dropped off at the center weekdays from 9-5.
For a list of Five-College LGBTQ-Related Courses for Spring 2018, click here. All of these courses count toward the Five College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies.
Save the Date: “Finding the Queer Radical Past: Scholars and Activists on the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights” Conference
Feb. 23-24, 2018; Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst
This conference will commemorate a moment in which LGBTQ politics were intimately bound up with anti-racism and left solidarity movements: against apartheid, war, and US imperialism. Our goal is to reflect back on the queer left and its legacies for today. Over two days, we will bring student activists working for racial justice and LGBTQ freedom into dialogue with historians and veteran activists. The keynote speakers are Dean Spade and Emily Hobson.
Visit with the Stonewall Therapy Dog
Monday, Nov. 27, 4:30 p.m. (and every Monday), Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Stop by to meet and pet Peanut, the therapy dog.
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. (and every Tuesday), 302 University Health Services
This is a weekly drop-in group for UMass students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). For more information: email@example.com
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. (and every Tuesday), Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. (and every Wednesday), 102 Wilder Hall
This is a weekly drop-in group for students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual and for students who are already out and looking for a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., 905 Campus Center
The group also meets on Dec. 13.
Rapid HIV and STI Testing for World AIDS Day
Friday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 163 Campus Center
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (UHS). There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing (bring your insurance card). STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia (don't urinate for 1-2 hours before the test). HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Sponsored by UHS and the Stonewall Center. For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs
University’s Bathroom and Restroom Working Group Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 319 Whitmore
Option to Indicate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Now Available
Undergrad and graduate students can now indicate their sexual orientation and gender identity privately in SPIRE. Students are encouraged to provide this information so that UMass Amherst can better tailor programs and services to meet the needs of individuals of different sexual orientations and gender identities and to better track the retention of LGBTQ+ students. To add this information, go to “My Personal Information” and then to “Gender and Sexual Identity” in SPIRE.
The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments and offices and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership; promote academic excellence; build LGBTQIA communities; and enhance the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.