Also check out events in our Queering Research Series: Racial Justice, Health Justice.
Queerientation: An Informational Welcome for New LGBTQ+ First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students
Live Online Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m.
Weekly Mindful Self-Compassion Practice
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. from October 15 to November 19, 2020
This is a drop-in workshop for Western students, staff, and faculty; attend as often or as infrequently as you’d like. This weekly program is open to all people in the Western community and will center the wellness of LGBTQ+ students. A partnership between LGBTQ+ Western and the Counseling Center. Self-enroll in the Canvas course to access the zoom link here.
Check back soon for details about weekly Queer Yoga happening Fall quarter.
Past Workshops & Events
Supporting Student Engagement in LGBTQ+ Courses During Physical Distancing
September 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm via Zoom
Josh Cerretti, Associate Professor of History
Kevin Delucio, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Psychology and Mental Health
Chris Edwards, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Vicki Hsueh, Professor of Political Science and Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
L.K. Langley, LGBTQ+ Director
We and our students are endeavoring to teach and learn amidst the many challenges presented by COVID 19 and ongoing pervasive racial injustices. With many LGBTQ+ students currently living with families of origin and disconnected from the queer community they found at college, courses on LGBTQ+ topics can be an especially powerful source of community and affirmation. But for some students, anti-queer or anti-trans bias in their current living situation may hinder the ability to participate fully in classes where sexuality and gender identity are discussed. Join us for a conversation to share ideas and resources for supporting diverse LGBTQ+ students and their engagement in queer course topics during remote learning.
This discussion is focused on teaching classes on LGBTQ+ topics during physical distancing, but will include ideas relevant for all faculty and staff interested in supporting our diverse LGBTQ+ students during this time. To access the Zoom link for this discussion, please self-enroll in the LGBTQ+ Western Canvas course at https://wwu.instructure.com/enroll/YHA3XR.
LGBTQ+ folks come together for community, support, and connection through this inclusive, trauma-informed yoga space. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation; we need community now more than ever. Research shows that a yoga practice has physical, mental, and emotional benefits, so you’re invited to join us for a nourishing class each week with other LGBTQ+ folks. No prior yoga experience necessary. Bring your whole self – all bodies welcome. We’ll start each week with a check-in and then move into yoga practice. For disability accommodations, please contact the LGBTQ+ Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join LGBTQ+ Western for a healthy dose of queer arts and culture. Each week, we’ll be joined by a guest faculty member who will lead the conversation around a particular topic that week. We’ll do a check-in for everyone at the beginning of each conversation. For disability accommodations, please contact the LGBTQ+ Director at email@example.com.
We are thrilled to welcome Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus for virtual workshops at noon on Wednesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Erin and Junauda are Minneapolis-based artists and educators, who together are the artistic creators of Free Black Dirt. Learn more about them and these workshops here.
Weekly Mindful Self-Compassion Practice online Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Join Chris Edwards, staff psychologist, each week as we take a moment to slow down, check-in with ourselves, connect with others, and explore mindful self-compassion. Focus will be on the core components of self-compassion including mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. We hope to offer simple practices, opportunities to share, and to be in community with one another. For disability accommodations, please contact the LGBTQ+ Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources from the Mindful Self-Compassion gatherings are in the Canvas course at https://wwu.instructure.com/enroll/7BKJAT.
Advocating for Yourself with Health and Wellness Providers
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Bond Hall 415
It can feel daunting to request the health and wellness care that you deserve. You may be concerned that your identity won’t be understood or respected, or that providers will make incorrect assumptions about your health care needs. Join providers who care about LGBTQ+ health and wellness to learn tips for self-advocacy in health care contexts. There will be snacks! Panelists are:
Jessica Alvaro-Glantz, CASAS Peer Advocate
Tracy Dahlstedt-Rienstra, Health Educator, Prevention & Wellness Services
Chris Edwards, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Deidre Evans,CASAS Survivor Advocacy Services Coordinator
David Hansen, Physician, Student Health Center
Jena Lopez, Physician, Northwest Trans Youth Clinic
Discussion for Gay, Bi, and Queer Men
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center room 740
Students, join Chris Edwards from the Counseling Center and Peer Health Educator Spencer Davis for this casual conversation. The discussion will be an opportunity for students to talk candidly about their experiences and share space to make connections with other students who are gay, bi, and queer men. In partnership with the Men’s Resiliency Program and Counseling Center. Snacks provided!
Mindful Self-Compassion for LGBTQ+ People
Friday, January 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., VU462A
We’ve all heard of self-care but what about self-compassion? Join in conversation, reflection, and learning about how acts of self-compassion can contribute to our well-being as LGBTQ+ people. This experiential session facilitated by Chris Edwards, Psychologist in the Counseling Center, invites folks to engage in practices related to loving-kindness, mindfulness, and common humanity. Open to all students, staff, and faculty with a specific focus on queer identity and experience. In partnership with the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program.
LGBTQ+ Focus Group with Off Campus Living
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Bond Hall 104
Off Campus Living is launching a housing listing website and wants it to serve the needs of LGBTQ+ students looking for housing options off campus. Come share your thoughts and enjoy free pizza!
After Break Conversation for Students
Wednesday, January 8 , 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Multicultural Center 740 (in the Viking Union)
Chat with the Queer Resource Center and LGBTQ+ Director about how winter break was and what’s ahead this quarter.
Winter Welcome Back in the Multicultural Center
Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Multicultural Center
Come meet our staff; learn about our upcoming events and how to get involved; listen to music; check out the new art; and enjoy light refreshments! With the Ethnic Student Center, Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers, LGBTQ+ Western, Men’s Resiliency, and Western Success Scholars.
Social Gathering for LGBTQ+ Graduate Students
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Viking Union 565
Join LGBTQ+ Western and the Graduate School for this causal opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ+ graduate students. Refreshments provided by the Graduate School. To ensure sufficient food, RSVPs are welcomed but not required. You can RSVP to the LGBTQ+ Director at LGBTQ@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7500.
Spending Time with Family as an LGBTQ+ Person: a conversation for students
Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Multicultural Center 740 (in the Viking Union)
Being with family of origin can be many things, including both wonderful and challenging. Sometimes, spending time with family brings unique challenges for LGBTQ+ people. Join LGBTQ+ Western and the Queer Resource Center for a conversation before the quarter ends.
Pride Foundation and GSBA Scholarship Reception
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Old Main Solarium
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Western’s amazing students who are recipients of 2019-20 Pride Foundation and Greater Seattle Business Association scholarships. This will also be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about applying for GSBA and Pride Foundation scholarships for next year! If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. This reception is jointly organized by LGBTQ+ Western and the Scholarship Center. Please contact the LGBTQ+ Director at LGBTQ@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7500 to request accommodations.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Multicultural Center 735 (in the Viking Union)
On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases challenging the federal government’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Blue Resource Center, Blue Group, Center for Law, Diversity & Justice, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Assistant Professor of Political Science Melina Juarez, and LGBTQ+ Western will hold a discussion Wednesday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. about DACA and these cases. The discussion will take place in room 735 of the Multicultural Center. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
Healthy Queer Relationships
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Bond Hall 419
What is awesome about queer relationships? What do supportive, fun, and safe relationships look like? Come explore these questions and more in a CASAS-led workshop for students! Snacks provided! Organized by LGBTQ+ Western and CASAS. For more info or to request accommodations, contact Prevention & Wellness Services at email@example.com or (360) 650-2993.
International Pronouns Day
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Viking Union 565
Join LGBTQ+ Western, the Queer Resource Center, Womxn’s Identity, Resource Center, T.A.G. Team, the Sustainability Representatives, and A.S. Club Activities for a celebration of International Pronouns Day. There will be games and activities, and an opportunity to participate in creating an educational video about why respecting people’s pronouns is important. Contact the LGBTQ+ Director at LGBTQ@wwu.edu with questions or to request disability accommodations. More info about International Pronouns Day is here.
Discussion of Supreme Court cases regarding LGBTQ civil rights
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Multicultural Center room 735 (in the Viking Union)
On Tuesday, October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases that will have significant impacts on the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Join LGBTQ+ Western, the Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the 8th at 1:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center room 735 for a discussion about the Supreme Court cases and oral arguments. The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.