Welcome to the Oakland University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Ally Employee Resource Group (LGBTQIA ERG).
The LGBTQIA ERG was established in 2004 and today we are one of the most active ERGs on campus. We invite all OU faculty and staff who support our mission of achieving equality, inclusion and visibility for the LGBTQIA community to join us.
We welcome you!
The LGBTQIA ERG MISSION is: to foster an inclusive, open campus community, and to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied people. By supporting diversity and inclusion visibility & initiatives we also support the diversity and full inclusion and achievements of our student body.
If you have any concerns about any issues, or have questions or need further information, please contact an ERG member or see our facebook page. We also have an email listserv, and you can request your name and OU email address be added to the group email.
For more information on the ERG, contact email@example.com
PLEASE check out our new Facebook page and "like" us!!
We look forward to sharing information there. Post your hello! www.facebook.com\OUEquality
WELCOME TO OAKLAND UNIVERSITY!!
Thanks so much to Dr Dalton Connally and Grace Wojcik for a wonderful LGBTQIA "Welcome Reception." We had a great turnout, and it was a beautiful day. (See our facebook page for more pictures!)
Senior OU Vice President and Provost James Lentini and CAS Dean Kevin Corcoran gave a warm opening for the academic
year. Joi Cunningham, Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives was fabulous as always. Thanks to all our supporters and allies and friends who came out. If you see Grace Wojcik, Director of the Gender & Sexuality Center, be sure to thank
her for the wonderful planning and work that she did to make such a fantastic reception! The
food from Q'doba was delicious! Grace is always a delight to work with and we
are lucky to have her as part of our campus and as an active member of the ERG. Also--please see the GSC newsletter. The GSC is seeking "coming out" stories, especially from faculty and staff and alumni, so if you are able and interested, please contact Grace about sharing your experiences in regard to your own coming out.
If you are not yet "OUT" - We understand that not everyone is willing or able to be open about their LGBTQIA status, and we respect your choice and your process. Please join us at meetings and functions as you are willing or able, and know that we support you where you are in your experiences. Remember, the LGBTQIA Employee Resource group has an email list. Please add yourselves to this listserv to stay updated on all the activities and achievements of the ERG. Lgbt1erg@lists.oakland.edu
LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group Meetings:
We will have meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in room 125 of the Oakland Center at 12:00noon. Please join us for supportive community, and to discuss issues and events meaningful to our lives, our academic careers, and to Oakland University. Feel free to bring your lunch.
THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING WILL BE
IN ROOM 125 of the Oakland Center
on TUESDAY March 11, 2014
We have much to discuss and would really like to see a great turnout. Could you invite someone new? Do you know of any allies who like to attend?
Please check our membership page and make sure your name is on our roster of supporters- we would love to have your encouragement!
ALLIES!! Our ERG supports all Oakland University Employees experiencing SAFE training at OU. S.A.F.E. (Students,
Administrators & Faculty for Equality) On Campus is a dedicated
team of students, administrators and faculty members who are committed
to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone
dealing with issues related to sexual
orientation or gender identity. The team also educates themselves and
the university community on current issues facing lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA) people. To become a
recognized "Ally" in the S.A.F.E. On Campus program, individuals take
part in a two-hour training session and sign a S.A.F.E. On Campus
agreement. Allies are given a S.A.F.E. On Campus placard and button to
display in their office or living space to help the OU community
identify the allies, thereby recognizing that they are a person who is
knowledgeable about LGBTIQA resources and issues and willing to assist
them in a variety of ways. S.A.F.E. On Campus is not
created to be a counseling program, but rather an avenue through which
allies can actively show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA) people at Oakland University.
IN THE NEWS:
We are waiting to hear how the legal news from the supreme courts on marriage equality and other issues that may pertain to our academic community will effect OU, and we will keep everyone up to date as best we can as we hear more.
The Oakland County/State of Michigan marriage & adoption equality hearing is currently going on in Detroit. The plaintiffs are seeking support and visibility each day this week (March 3rd until possibly Thursday, Friday or longer) from 8am until at least 9am when court begins, preferably until court lets out each day at the Federal Court Building. See our facebook page for more information about being present at this event.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY by attending a fundraising event, being a visible ally, and/or being present at the courthouse if possible.
COMING SOON- Information on Peer Mentoring Groups, the
ERG Scholarship committee,
and much, much more!
Please also check out our university's GENDER AND SEXUALITY CENTER (GSC) which is located on our main campus downstairs in the Oakland Center. For more information, see their website at: http://www.oakland.edu/gsc/
See the Oakland University Women and Gender Studies Program for courses and other information on women and gender topics: http://www.oakland.edu/ouwgs/welcome
There are courses and academic studies that pertain to issues in LGBTQIA studies and queer theory. Just ask us for more!
*See our RESOURCES PAGE for more information.
We are working on updating these pages, and hope you will check back often for news, events, meeting times and notes, and scholarship information, and for all the ways we support our OU students, staff and faculty!
If you are able to help out with web design, technology issues in general, graphic design, quick news or article writing or event planning, your skills are always needed and appreciated! Just please visit an ERG meeting and introduce yourself, or contact Dalton about assisting from the sidelines. We have room for you in the ERG!
About Employee Resource Groups:
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are volunteer, employee-managed groups
that promote the interests of their respective constituency. ERGs are
open to all OU employees. Their purpose is to align diverse groups with
upper-level employees to create a bridge between the university and its
employees by promoting awareness and enthusiasm for diversity inclusion.
Each ERG has a university sponsor (dean, VP, directors or others) who
works with the ERG to develop and achieve ERG goals. In addition, all
ERGs have a president who is a current ERG member.
There currently are four ERGs:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning, Interesex and Ally (LGBTQIA),
and Women's Employee Resource groups.