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What does the LGBT Campus Center do? The LGBT Campus Center is open to all students who want to learn more about sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. We have programs like the Mentoring Program, that can pair you with another student in the UW LGBTQ Community to learn about what LGBTQ life at UW is like. The LGBTQ library has great materials like books and DVDs to borrow and our center is a great place to unwind, watch a movie, and connect with new people or study. Make sure to visit our website and “Like� us on Facebbok for the most up-to-date LGBTQ happenings on campus.

www.facebook.com/ lgbtcampuscenter Sign up for our weekly newsletter:

lgbt.wisc.edu

lgbt@studentlife. wisc.edu


IMPORTANT DATES

October 11, 2012 October 17-21, 2012 November 16-20, 2012 November 20, 2012 December 1, 2012 December 10, 2012 January 25, 2013 March 26-30, 2013 June, 2013

National Coming Out Day National Ally Week Transgender Week of Empowerment National Transgender Day of Remembrance World AIDS Day Universal Human Rights Day No Name Calling Day National LGBT Health Awareness Week National Pride Month

CAMPUS PARTNERS Center for First Year Experience (CFYE) 608-263-0367, www.newstudent.wisc.edu

Dean of Students Office (DOS) 608-263-5700, www.students.wisc.edu

Multicultural Student Center (MSC) 608-262-4503, www.msc.wisc.edu

UW Police Department (UWPD) 608-264-2677, www.uwpd.wisc.edu

Center for Leadership and Involvement (CFLI) 608-263-0365, www.cfli.wisc.edu University Health Services Counseling and Consultation Services (UHS C&CS) 608-265-5600, www.uhs.wisc.edu/services/counseling


BEING OUT ON CAMPUS What is being LGBTQ at UW-Madison like? The transition to college can be a hard one, so it is important to get connected and find a community. There are tons of organizations, clubs, and programs that you can join, but they can be hard to find. Make sure to visit the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) on the third floor of the Red Gym to learn about student orgs and leadership programs. Remember, this is your campus – with awesome opportunities to get involved, get connected, and create your own experiences.

I’m not out, but I’m thinking about it – what should I do? Remember that “coming out” is a personal process and you should carefully consider how and when you do it. Some formal resources might include:

• coming out support groups offered by University Health Services • talking with your House Fellow or D-Squad member • coming by the LGBT Campus Center and talking to a professional staff member Coming out is the process in which a person first acknowledges their sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others. After coming out, most of us find that it feels far better to be open and honest than to conceal such an integral part of ourselves. We also come to recognize that our personal decision to live openly helps break down barriers and stereotypes that have kept others in the closet. While there are many benefits to coming out, there are also risks. As constructive as the decision is, the reaction of others can be difficult or impossible to predict. When you weigh the benefits and risks of being open about yourself, it’s important to remember that the person in charge of your coming out journey is you. You decide who to confide in, when to do it and how. You also decide when coming out just may not be right, necessary or advisable. content adapted from HRC.org


Gender Identity and Gender Expression Experiences of gender identity and gender expression exist along a spectrum, not a binary. If you identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, or genderqueer, this is your campus, too! The LGBTCC has trans* and gender queer/nonconforming discussion groups and can suggest other ways to connect to find a community that feels right to you. We have strong partnerships with Gender and Women's Studies, University Housing, University Health Services and other student services units, together we all strive to meet the needs of people across the the range of experiences and identities. Visit the LGBTCC website lgbt.wisc.edu to find information about gender neutral bathrooms, name adjustments, or how to approach your professor/TA about gender inclusivity in the classroom. Everyone deserves to have environment where they feel safe to live, work and learn. The University of Wisconsin does not tolerate hate, bias or discrimination based on a person’s identities, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Are there specific programs or services for graduate students? Yes! Many schools and colleges, like the Law School, Business School, School of Social Work, Medical School and VetMed School have LGBTQA student organizations, but there is also a group of graduate students, called QGrads, that gathers weekly for socializing. Find them on Facebook to get connected. Twice a semester there are also LGBTQ grad student/faculty/staff mixers that are a great place to connect with LGBTQ folks across campus. All the services and programs at the LGBT Campus Center are available to graduate/professional students. For a list of student organizations, please go to:

www.lgbt.wisc.edu/programs/studentorgs

Do you live in the Residence Halls? If you are in the Residence Halls, some of the best resources are right outside your door! • Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE) has a ton of DVDs and books on a wide range of topics to borrow for a movie night. The CCE is located in Witte Hall. • D-Squad are your residence life/housing diversity experts. Chat with them about various programs on campus, how to get connected to different communities, or if you feel like you’ve faced harassment or discrimination. Moreover, you can always talk to your House Fellow about your concerns and ask for more information.


GET INVOLVED Leadership Institute and QELP Badgers change the world! Be a part of it! Join us in the Spring for a weekend-long retreat and/or an 8-week course focused on creating social change in the world around you. You are part of the movement to create a more inclusive and welcoming world and UW, come learn how. Sign up for Leadership Institute or QELP today! What: When: How: Where:

Leadership Institute - a retreat focused on learning how you can use your story to create social change a weekend in early February details will be announced on our website and Facebook page Wisconsin Dells And It's all free!

What: When: How:

the Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QELP) Once a week peer-led program in the Spring semester about LGBTQ lives, experiences, history and involvement. A great way to learn about being LGBT at Madison and in Wisconsin and an awesome way to connect with peers who want to be involved and make change. Details will be announced on our website and Facebook page

Please head over to our website lgbt.wisc.edu to learn more about these and other amazing ways to get involved!


Join a Group/Club Below is the key information to get connected, please visit our website lgbt.wisc.edu to find the details, their contact information and meeting times.

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Gay Straight Veterinary Alliance Out for Business Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) PRIDE in Healthcare Ten Percent Society (TPS) QGrads QLaw Queer Action Alliance (QAA) Queer People of Color (QPOC) LGBTQ in Social Work School of Information and Library Sciences LGBTQ Students for Fair Wisconsin Youth Fellowship of Madison

BECOMING AN ALLY What is an Ally? An Ally is someone who supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer community. Straight allies stand with LGBTQ people in creating safe and inclusive environments and celebrating the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations. 4 Basic Levels of Becoming an Ally: • Awareness: Explore how you are different from and similar to LGBT people. Gain this awareness through talking with people from the LGBT community, attending workshops, and self-examination. • Knowledge/Education: Begin to understand policies, laws and practices and how they affect LGBT people. Educate yourself on the many LGBT communities and cultures. • Skills: This is an area that is difficult to many people. You must learn to take your awareness and knowledge and communicate it to others. These skills can be acquired by attending workshops, role-playing with friends or peers, and developing support connections. • Action: This is the most important and frightening step. Despite the fear, action is the only way to effect change in the society as a whole.


Where is the LGBTCC located?

lgbt.wisc.edu 608.265.3344 lgbt@studentlife.wisc.edu 123 Red Gym, 716 Langdon St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 LGBTCC is a department of the Division of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Designed by Logan Wu, June 2012


New Student Guide 2012