This Week on Campus

The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) & the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (GeSS) invite you this Tuesday at 5:30 to our annual kick-off reception for faculty, staff, and students.  A buffet dinner will be served.  The Tulane Organization of Gays and Allies in the School of Medicine is hosting their annual LGBT Health Week with a daily lunchtime talk. And, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and The Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD) are proud to announce a new support group for those with diverse gender identities and expressions: Spectrum.  See details for all events below.

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Monday
12pm: LGBT Health Disparities, Dr. Nicholas Van Sickles (Hutch Auditorium, Xavier University)  The Tulane Organization of Gays and Allies in the School of Medicine is hosting their annual LGBT Health Week! This event is the first of a series of lunch talks regarding health in the LGBTQIA* community here in New Orleans.
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Tuesday
12pm: Adolescent Health and the Coming Out Process, Dr. Susan Abdalian  (Hutch Auditorium, Xavier University)  This event is the second of a series of lunch talks regarding health in the LGBTQIA* community here in New Orleans.

5-6pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)  SWEET is Tulane’s club for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women, as well as their allies. It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to New Orleans’ LGBTQ community. Loyola students are also welcome.

5:30-7pm: OGSD/GeSS Reception for Faculty, Staff, & Students (LBC 203)  The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) & the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (GeSS) invite you to our annual kick-off reception for faculty, staff, and students. Please come and enjoy great food, music and excellent company. Please RSVP so our food/drink order is appropriate.  For more information, contact ogsd@tulane.edu.

6:30-7:30pm: GES Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)  All trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming Tulanians (and allies)! Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a group in which you can feel comfortable exploring your gender identity. We meet weekly in the MOSAIC Lounge in Warren and alternate between social meetings and focused meetings with a goal in mind. This semester we’ll be facilitating a Peer to Peer Trans 101 event and screenings and events for Trans Awareness Week in November. We strive to make Tulane a safe environment for trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming students.
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Wednesday
12-2pm: Wednesday’s with the O (LBC G04)
Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

12pm: Inclusive Sexual History Taking  (Hutch Auditorium, Xavier University)
This event is the third of a series of lunch talks regarding health in the LGBTQIA* community here in New Orleans.

7-9pm: Cross Campus LGBTQ Health with Dr. Hollenbach  (Xavier University Center – Room 205)  We invite all health professionals, students, staff, and faculty in health-related fields from GNO colleges and universities who are interested in learning more about LGBTQ health best practices to join us in this resource-sharing opportunity. Come meet other people interested in learning more about best practices in LGBTQ health!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrew Hollenbach on his work writing guidelines for LGBT-focused medical education.

8-9pm: QSA Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)  As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students.
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Thursday
12pm: Transitioning and Trans Health  (Hutch Auditorium, Xavier University)  This event is the fourth of a series of lunch talks regarding health in the LGBTQIA* community here in New Orleans.

3-4pm: SPECTRUM  (Mosaic Lounge) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and The Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD) are proud to announce a new support group for those with diverse gender identities and expressions

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Friday
12pm: LGBT Elder Care and Legal Issues​  (Debakey Center, Xavier University)
This event is the final part of a series of lunch talks regarding health in the LGBTQIA* community here in New Orleans.

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Fight Hate Groups. Teach Tolerance. Seek Justice.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is looking for individuals in New Orleans who may be interested in working with their organization. The center is focused currently on fighting LGBT bullying in schools, as well as their typical work fighting hate groups in court. Earn $1,300-2,200 per Month. Full-time / part time/ career – CALL Robin at (504) 571-9585

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 Notes from the Margin

10626361_293300774208003_1469532255675991265_oHey there, if you are interested in submitting or helping with Notes from the Margin, or know anyone who might be, feel free to share this and email submissions or questions to nftmtulane@gmail.com! Even if you think you’re “not artistic enough” but you’re interested, we value what you have to say! You can submit anything related to belonging to a marginalized identity or identities.  If you can’t read the text it says “What is NFTM? a zine for Tulane students to discuss our experiences with racism/cisgenderism/sexism/ableism and all other systems of oppression as well as celebrate our communities and identities.
Submissions can be art/poetry/essays/fiction/etc. Halloween edition!  Work can be themed around Halloween/surrealism/horror/the supernatural, but is not required! Positive, neutral, and negative materials are all welcome.  Deadline: Oct. 1.

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This Week On Campus

Monday

Noon: Jane Bertrand: Contraceptive Availability and Contraceptive Use in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  (LBC 202)
This is part of the 2014-2015 African & African Diaspora Studies (ADST) Brown Bag research talks. ADST will have 6 talks each year on the SECOND MONDAY of the month in September, October and November and in February, March and April. Please contact Prof. Liz McMahon if you are interested in presenting, or assisting in any of the coordination.​

5-6:30pm: Trans 101 Workshop (LBC 210)
This 1-hour workshop for faculty, students, and staff answers some of the most common questions about transgender issues.  Participants will gain introductory knowledge about how they can be an effective ally to transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer-identified individuals, as well as those, those developing or questioning their gender identity. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). Register online here.

7-8pm: GRL Informational Meeting (LBC Garden Level – Riess Room)
Are you a person of color? Are you a feminist or progressive minded individual? Want to make a difference in the LGBTQIA community? Want to be a voice in advocacy for a more multiculturally diverse and accepting campus? Want to be involved in the greater New Orleans LGBTQIA and multicultural community? Feel like you’re not finding your match with Panhellenic or NPHC sororities? THEN GRL MAY BE FOR YOU!

Tuesday

5-6pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)
SWEET is Tulane’s club for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women, as well as their allies. It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to New Orleans’ LGBTQ community. Loyola students are also welcome.

6:30-7:30pm: GES Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)
All trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming Tulanians (and allies)! Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a group in which you can feel comfortable exploring your gender identity. We meet weekly in the MOSAIC Lounge in Warren and alternate between social meetings and focused meetings with a goal in mind. This semester we’ll be facilitating a Peer to Peer Trans 101 event and screenings and events for Trans Awareness Week in November. We strive to make Tulane a safe environment for trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming students.

7-8pm: GRL Informational Meeting (LBC Garden Level – Riess Room)
See more details in Monday’s listing above.

Wednesday

12-2pm: Wednesday’s with the O
Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

8-9pm: QSA Weekly Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)
As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students.

8:30-9:30pm: GRL Informational Meeting (LBC Garden Level – Riess Room)

Thursday

5-6pm: Meet & Greet for LGBTQIA Students of Color
(LBC Garden Level – Riess Room)
This meet & greet is a time & space to meet other students in an informal and laid back atmosphere.  Free food and great company provided.  Please RSVP to ogsd@tulane.edu. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).

Friday

3-5pm: GSAC Meeting (LBC 210)
GSAC is a coalition of student leaders from across the university whose work focuses on gender- and sexuality- related issues. GSAC meets 4-5 times each semester to discuss significant issues and events on campus and to collaborate.  GSAC also represents gender- and sexuality-related issues to the Undergraduate Student Government (USG).  If you are interested in learning more about GSAC or representing or organization on GSAC, please contact ogsd@tulane.edu.

Opportunity for First-Year Students

NEWCOMB SCHOLARS 2014 INFORMATION SESSIONS
Newcomb Scholars Information Sessions are offered for all first year women to learn about the expectations, responsibilities, and benefits of the Newcomb Scholars Program. Attendance is strongly recommended, and interested students need only attend one of the sessions.

Wednesday, September 3
3:00 pm           LBC 201 Race Room
4:30 pm           LBC 201 Race Room

Thursday, September 4
5:00 pm           LBC 202 Rechler Room
6:30 pm           LBC 202 Rechler Room

Applications available online: September 11

Application due at the Newcomb College Institute: September 19 at 4:00 pm. No exceptions.

The Newcomb Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for incoming women at Tulane who are interested in an academically enriching and shared four-year experience. Incoming women whose first semester in college is Fall 2014 are eligible to apply to the program. For more information please contact Kaitlin Splett at newcombscholars@tulane.edu.

This Week on Campus

bbqlogo1-e1399561137589You are wanted! LGBTIQA student organizations on campus are looking for new members and each are holding their kick-off meetings this week.  And the fabulous grand student welcome reception, BBQUEER, which is hosted by ALL the student organizations, is this Thursday at 6pm outside the Mosaic Lounge.  Food provided! See details below. For a listing of all upcoming gender- and sexuality-related events, click here: 2014/15 Year at a Glance.

Tuesday
5-7 pm: GSAC Kick-off Meeting (LBC 212)
“The Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC) will hold it’s first meeting of the year.  GSAC is a coalition of student leaders from across the university whose work focuses on gender- and sexuality- related issues.  GSAC meets 4-5 times each semester to discuss significant issues and events on campus and to collaborate.  GSAC also represents gender- and sexuality-related issues to the Undergraduate Student Government (USG).  If you are interested in learning more about GSAC or representing or organization on GSAC, please contact ogsd@tulane.edu.”

7-8 pm: SWEET Weekly Meeting (MOSAIC Lounge)
“SWEET is Tulane’s club for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women, as well as their allies. It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to New Orleans’ LGBTQ community. Loyola students are also welcome.”

8-9 pm: GES Weekly Meeting (MOSAIC Lounge)
“Hello trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming Tulanians (and allies)! Gender Exploration Society (GES), as the name suggests, is a group in which you can feel comfortable exploring your gender identity. We meet weekly in the MOSAIC Lounge in Warren and alternate between social meetings and focused meetings with a goal in mind. This semester we’ll be facilitating a Peer to Peer Trans 101 event and screenings and events for Trans Awareness Week in November. We strive to make Tulane a safe environment for trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming students.”

Wednesday
12-2 pm: Wednesday’s with the O
Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).

8-9 pm: QSA Weekly Meeting (MOSAIC Lounge)
As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students.

Thursday
6-8 pm: BBQueer:  Welcome Party for New and Returning LGBTIQA Students
All are welcome to this party  hosted by members of the Queer Student Alliance (QSA), Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET), the Gender Exploration Society (GES), the Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), Finding Intersectionality Together (FIT), Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), and Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL). Come meet new friends and reunite with old ones.

OGSD Save the Date!

Fall Semester 2014

August

23 The O Multicultural Orientation & Reception 4:30-7pm Woldenberg
26 Ambassador Ceremony 6:00-7:30pm LBC 203
27 Ice Cream Social 3:30-5:30pm Pocket Park
28 Student Activities Expo 5-7pm TBA

September

2 GSAC Kick-Off Meeting 5-7pm LBC 212
4 BBQueer: LGBTIQA Student Welcome 6-8pm MOSAIC
8 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6pm LBC 210
11 Meet & Greet for LGBTIQA Students of Color 5-6pm LBC: Reiss Room
12 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
14 Leadership Retreat Pre-meeting 11am-2pm LBC 212
16 OGSD/GESS Welcome Reception for Faculty, Staff & Students 5:30-7pm LBC 203
19-21 LGBTIQA/Multicultural Leadership Retreat Weekend Biloxi, MS
21 NO/AIDS Walk 8am Audubon Park
25 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 4-6pm LBC: Reiss Room
TBA Graduate & Professional Student Reception TBA TBA
29 History of LGBTIQA New Orleans 5:30-6:30pm LBC 210

October

2 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
7 Facilitator Training for Safe Zone 3-5pm LBC 206
14 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
17 Miss Paul Tulane/Mr. Sophie Newcomb 8pm Kendall Cram
20 Pride Week Kick-Off 10am-4pm LBC Quad
20 Pride Week Keynote: Kate Bornstein 7-8pm TBA
21 Pride Week Picnic 12-2pm LBC Quad
22 Sexuality & Society Roundtable 5:30pm TBA
24 Ally Visibility Day All Day Everywhere
28 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5:30-7:30pm LBC 208
29 Take Back the Night 6-9pm Loyola-Tulane

November

7 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 5:30-7pm LBC 210
18 Sexuality & Society Roundtable 5:30pm TBA
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance 4-6pm McAlister Way
20 Trans* Awareness Movie Night: Riot Acts 8-10pm Stone Auditorium
22 Pride Prom 8pm LBC: Qatar
25 Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner 5:30pm-8pm LBC: Qatar

December

4 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5:30-7:30pm LBC 210
5 Facilitator Training for Safe Zone 3-5pm LBC 209

Spring Semester 2015 

January

14 Do Ask! Do Tell! LGBTIQA Winter Welcome Back 9-10pm MOSAIC
22 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6:00pm LBC 210
23 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
26 Audre Lorde Week Kick-Off 7pm TBA
27 Audre Lorde Week Keynote Speaker 7pm Rogers Memorial
TBA Audre Lorde Week Student Exhibition 11am-5pm TBA
29 Notes From the Margin 7-10pm Rogers Memorial

February

4-8 Creating Change Conference Multi-Day Denver, CO
26 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 4-6pm LBC 208
27 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
27 Graduate & Professional Student Reception 6-7pm Diboll Gallery

March

10 Trans 101 Workshop 5-6pm LBC 210
16-20 Trans Visibility Week All Week TBA
18 Marla Custard Lecture by Dr. Margot Canaday 7pm TBA
26 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC

April

12 OGSD/GSAC Spring Leadership Retreat 10-4pm Alumni House
17 Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council Meets 3-5pm MOSAIC
17-19 Vagina Monologues Nightly Kendall Cram
22 Lavender Graduation & Reception 6pm Kendall Cram
27 The O End of the Year BBQ Celebration 1:30-2:30 Jones Patio
30 Safe Zone Workshop: LGBTIQA 101 5-7pm LBC 208

Welcome from the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity!

Welcome Students, Faculty and Staff,

As the director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you (back) to Tulane University.  Two years have passed since I first wrote to announce the creation of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). And I am so pleased to report that this past year was another smashing success due to the collaborative and enthusiastic efforts of students, staff and faculty campus-wide.

Last week Campus Pride announced that Tulane University was added to the “2014 Top 50 List of LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” Relative to over 600+ colleges and universities that were assessed, Tulane University is now considered one of “the best of the best” in the nation. Campus Pride, the national organization for creating safe and inclusive environments in higher education, used a national benchmarking tool to thoroughly assess Tulane’s policies, programs and practices. A college had to achieve 5 out of 5 stars overall in order to be in the Top 50 as well as have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policy, program and practice.

Our placement on this list acknowledges all of the hard work undertaken by students, faculty and staff over the past several years.  Staff have volunteered their time as advisors, mentors, and Safe Zone facilitators. Student leaders have created educational and cultural programs for the university and worked to represent gender and sexuality issues to administrators and the Undergraduate Student Government. Divisions and Departments across the university, including the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the School of Liberal Arts, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Resources, Housing and Residence Life, Newcomb College Institute, the Student Health Center, theWELL, the Faculty Senate, the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, the Office for Institutional Equity, TUCP, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, have played key roles in creating the environment we have today. Thank you!

And while this honor is a welcome affirmation of our recent efforts, our collaborative work across the university must continue with equal vigor, as a safe and inclusive environment must be continually fostered. With your participation, we will keep striving for excellence in every area of the university. There are dozens of opportunities for you to participate in events, student clubs, workshops, socials, and cultural events throughout the year.  You can be highly involved and become a leader on campus, a mentor, an advisor, or you can periodically participate as your schedule allows.

This fall is full of exciting events. Click here for our Fall calendar.  You are also invited to our 2014 Faculty, Staff & Student Welcome Reception and Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30 in the LBC.  You can RSVP here.  And be sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter: The Public Spherewhich is sent out every Monday with updates on lectures, opportunities and deadlines for grants, workshops, and other events. Just enter your email on the front page and click “Follow.”

Please feel free to contact me if you are curious about ways to get involved or if you have any questions. I very much look forward to seeing you.  All the best to you as you begin the new academic year,

Dr. Red Vaughan Tremmel
Director of The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Tulane University
LBC Suite G04
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 314-2183