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The LGBT Center is committed to not only providing a safe space for folks to gather within Baker Center and throughout the university, but to also creating safer spaces throughout the academic life of ALL Bobcats. Below are some of the LGBTastic academic opportunities offered throughout Ohio University. To learn more, click the links or contact the LGBT Center.
LGBTQ Studies Certificate launched in Fall 2014 offered through the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. The LGBTQ Studies Certificate (CTWGSQ) is an interdisciplinary program of study through which students explore historical, sociocultural, and political issues central to sexuality studies through a variety of lenses, including queer theory. Students learn to think critically about sexuality as it intersects with gender, race, class, and other socially significant categories. Administered through the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the certificate offers research and internship opportunities, and students may choose from a range of course offerings across different disciplines. It is open to all Ohio University undergraduates.
Queer Studies Conference is an annual conference organized through the LGBT Center. It provides the opportunity for individuals to share current research related to LGBTQ identities and queer studies. The conference began in April 2013 and has featured presenters from Ohio University and several universities in our surrounding areas; themes engaged have included literature, media communications, history, art activism, religion, and interdisciplinary approaches to expression of identity. The conference is free and open to all; presenters can be undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and individuals from other institutions.
Diversity Studies Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary certificate program that is available to any undergraduate student in the University to complement and enhance a student’s general education, academic major and/or career preparation. We live in a world that is becoming more and more complex at the same time it is becoming “smaller and smaller” as we have more access to others whose identities and cultures are different than our own personal background and identities. Given the unique historical circumstances of the United States, it is critical that well- rounded educated individuals understand the historical, political, sociological and legal contexts within the United States and their impact on our contemporary issues in diversity.
Learning Community on LGBTQ Identities and Justice: This learning community offers participants an interdisciplinary environment through which students explore the complexities of sexuality and gender as well as their intersections with race, class, geography, and other social identities. Discussions will focus on how sexuality and gender play out in the lives of college students, social justice advocacy within and beyond the university, and resources that are available locally, nationally, and internationally. This LC offers a safe space for the exploration of sexuality and gender, especially for students who are questioning aspects of their identity and/or want to more intentionally embody inclusive allyship.
Other LGBT Academic Efforts:
SpeakOUT!: Our Speakers Bureau Project educates the campus about sexual orientation and gender identity through panel discussions in classes, residence halls, Greek houses, and other university and local settings. These 3-4 speaker panel presentations combine personal stories with educational information.
SafeZone: SafeZone is a training program open to ALL students, staff, faculty, and community members. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. As part of an increased effort to focus on issues specific to certain categories of LGBTQA+ people, we now have a range of new "SafeZone 201s" available for anyone to attend. In addition to our current SafeZone curricula, the center is happy to explore specific or tailored presentations on LGBTQ identities for particular groups and communities (such as medical / healthcare community, mental health groups, teachers/educators, religious communities, etc).