Events and Announcements
“Finding the Queer Radical Past: Scholars and Activists on the Legacies of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights” Conference
Feb. 23-24, UMass Student Union Ballroom
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 U.S. imperialism. The keynote speakers are Dean Spade and Emily Hobson. The schedule is at www.queerradicalpast.net. The conference is free, and people can just show up.
Register for the 5th Annual Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference
The Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on March 23-24, 2018. Register at www.neqtpoc.com. Advanced registration closes on March 1 (the conference is free, but registration is required to provide meals to attendees). Facebook event page.
Register for the 9th Annual Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference
March 2-3 (starting at 12:30 on the 2nd), Hampshire College
The Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference provides a supportive environment in which to explore a wide range of topic, such as race, genders, sexualities, ability, class, kink, religion, and survival strategies, in a specifically queer context. The keynote speaker is Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker and activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons. Other featured artists include Jamila Hammami, Kavi Ade, and Qwo-Li Driskill. Register here. Facebook page.
Take Advantage of Support Services at UMass
Need academic help? You can check out the many resources available here and contact the Dean of Students Office at 545-2684 for academic problems
Need financial aid help? Contact the LGBTQIA+ community liaison TearNee Sodders
Need career services help? Contact the LGBTQIA+ community liaison Caedyn Busche
Free Peer Wellness Coaching Sessions Are Now Available to UMass Students
A Peer Wellness Coach is a trained UMass undergraduate intern (not a therapist, mental health counselor, Peer Mentor, or advisor). Peer Wellness Coaching can help increase resiliency, build on your strengths, improve your self-confidence, manage stress, develop a sense of belonging, and improve social relationships. Sign up for a session here.
Each One, Reach One Mentoring Program for Grad School
A graduate assistant will mentor a group of twenty undergrads through the grad school application process. Apply here by March 16.
Call for Participants for a Study of Five College Nonbinary Trans Students
The study considers the impact of minority stress on gender nonbinary students and their academic experience through a 20-30 minute online survey. Open to currently enrolled students at one of the Five Colleges who identify as agender, genderqueer, two-spirit, gender-fluid, or another nonbinary gender identity that is not cis male/masculine or cis female/feminine. The survey is available here.
For more information, contact the researcher, Jaime Humphrey: email@example.com. [this study was reviewed by the UMass Assessment Council, but it is not affiliated with the Stonewall Center or Student Affairs and Campus Life at UMass]
Call for Participants for a Study of LGBTQIA+ Students in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) Fields
This study seeks to understand how college students majoring in a STEM field and having one or more minoritized gender or sexual identities make meaning of their experiences. The study will include one individual interview, where students will be asked to talk about the successes, challenges, supports, and barriers that they have encountered in STEM fields. The interview will take roughly 90 minutes to complete, and students will receive a $10 gift card for participating.
For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Ezekiel Kimball (Assistant Professor, Education, UMass) at firstname.lastname@example.org [This study was reviewed by the UMass Student Affairs Assessment Council, but it is not affiliated with the Stonewall Center or Student Affairs and Campus Life at UMass]
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Weekly Gathering
Tuesday, Feb. 20 (and every Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The group provides a space for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and all around fluid identifying folks to feel valid, supported, and heard.
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Feb. 20 (and every Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m., 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
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, Feb. 21 (and every Wednesday), 6:30-8 p.m., 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).
Out in STEM General Body Meeting and Decorating Party for the Group’s New Room
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Goessman 67B (enter Goesssman through the big doors facing the Campus Center and follow the posted signs).
Stonewall Center Volunteer Welcome
Thursday, Feb. 22, 5-6 p.m., Stonewall Center
Are you interested in volunteering with the Stonewall Center? Have you volunteered with us before and want to continue this semester? This event is for potential, new, and returning volunteers to meet each other and staff members and to learn about the center’s programs and services for the rest of the year. If you want to volunteer but cannot make the event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Queer Jews Play Board Games"
Friday, Feb. 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., UMass Hillel, 388 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
Sponsored by the Queer Jews group at Hillel. Facebook event page.
UMass Racial Justice Coalition Meeting
Monday, Feb. 26 (and every Monday), 1-2 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
Open to the entire UMass community. Discussion will include a video project on race and other identities at UMass.
Rapid HIV and STI Testing
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 163 UMass 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
Five College Femmes Group Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., 214 Herter Hall, UMass
“A space for anyone seeking to trouble traditional notions of femininity, with a commitment to vulnerability, healing, and accountability, Open even, but centering femmes of color, disabled femmes, fat femmes, and (C)AMAB trans femmes.” For more info: FCFemmes@gmail.com or their Facebook group: "Five College Femmes"
CEPA Anti-Racism Training
Thursday, March 1, 3-7 p.m., UMass Campus Center Auditorium
The training features UMass student panelists discussing their work in racial justice and workshops that dive deeper into anti-racism, including one facilitated by Loretta Ross, a nationally recognized reproductive and racial justice trainer. Free, but attendees need to register here. Facebook event page.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group Meeting
Thursday, March 1, 7-8 p.m., 903 UMass Campus Center
Future meetings are on March 22 and April 5 at the same time and location.
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.