Buff Allies Events and Training

Buff Allies Events & Training



Common Place: LGBTQ Support Group

Fridays, 12-1 p.m.
Location: Student Counseling Services, Classroom Center #116

  • A confidential drop-in support group for those who are navigating gender identity and/or sexuality. This group is facilitated by LGBTQ affirming and knowledgeable counselors from WTAMU Student Counseling Services (806-651-2340).  This is a come-as-you-can group; you can come one week and not the next!

Spectrum WT 

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Location: Classroom Center 335

  • Spectrum WT is the student-led LGBT+ organization on campus whose purpose is to foster diversity, equality, and awareness through both education and community! Meetings and events are open to all students. 
  • To stay updated, find Spectrum WT on social media! Facebook: Spectrum WT. Instagram: @wtamuspectrum. Twitter: @wtamuspectrum



Buff Allies/Spectrum Meet & Greet

September 6 (Thursday), 12:20 - 1:20 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center #176

  • A great opportunity to meet our Buff Allies and Spectrum members!  Lunch provided. 

Lunch 'n Learn: "Our Time: Surviving and Thriving after Abuse" with Tammy Stamps

September 17, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK Maroon Room

  • Grab your lunch and join us to learn about a different LGBTQIA topic and enrich your knowledge!  A day is never wasted when you learn something new. 
  • Tammy Stamps, author of “Our Time,” is a survivor of long-term abuse and has written her story in hopes of helping others who have suffered at the hands of someone else. Come and join us to hear a story told in combination with music about a life of struggle, survival, healing and thriving. Be inspired, be educated and help stop the cycle of abuse.

October - LGBTQIA History Month!

Guest Speaker: "Faith in Transition" with Kimberly Shappley

October 15 (Monday), 6:30 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall

  • Kimberly Shappley is a registered nurse, an international board-certified lactation consultant, an ordained minister, and mom to a whole bunch of amazing people—including a transgender daughter who turned Kimberly into an accidental advocate.
  • This event is brought to you by Buff Allies, Spectrum, Open and Affirming Congregations, Bekki McQuay LPC, First Presbyterian Church-Canyon, and St. Luke Presbyterian Church.

Faith in Transition with Kimberly Shappley on October 15 at 6:30 p.m. in JBK Legacy Hall.


Safe Zone Training

October 19 (Friday), 1-5 p.m.
Location: FAC 176

  • Buff Allies include students, staff, and faculty who have attended the four-hour Safe Zone workshop exploring the unique needs and concerns the LGBTQIA community faces in higher education while also building their knowledge, skills, and abilities for creating a more inclusive and affirming campus for all students. Additionally, Safe Zone members display a Buff Allies placard in a visible location such as a door to an office that identifies them as a friend, supporter, and campus resource for anyone seeking information or a listening ear. This placard identifies dedicated safe spaces on campus for LGBTQIA individuals to connect with allies to the community.
  • During the Safe Zone training, members develop an understanding of LGBTQIA terminology and symbols, history, concepts of privilege and identity development, interact with a panel of LGBTQIA speakers, and build skills for identifying and interrupting language and behavior that may be discriminatory. Campus resources and reporting processes are also shared.
  • Contact Dr. Kristina Drumheller at kdrumheller@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2816 to RSVP!

Guest Speaker: "Undead Shakespeare" with Stephen Guy-Bray

October 31 (Wednesday), 6 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall

  • Dr. Stephen Guy-Bray is a Renaissance scholar and queer theorist; his work includes Homoerotic Space, Loving In Verse, and Against Reproduction
  • There will be two other events happening around his visit. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, there will be a casual reading group at 12:15 in the EPML lounge to discuss some of Dr. Guy-Bray's work. On Oct. 31, before his main talk at 6 p.m., he will host a discussion about queer poetry at 4:30 with any interested students, faculty, and community members. 
  • This event is open to everyone and is brought to you by the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, Buff Allies, Spectrum WT, Sigma Tau Delta, and the High Plains Poetry Project.

        Image of Dr. Stephen Guy-Bray



Lunch 'n Learn: TBD

Date TBD, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK

  • Grab your lunch and join us to learn about a different LGBTQIA topic and enrich your knowledge!  A day is never wasted when you learn something new.

June through August

New Student Orientation – Buff Allies Table in Legacy Hall

Buff Allies hosted a table at all six New Student Orientations last summer!

Buff Allies faculty staffing a table at new student orientation

Dr. Medlock (left) and Dr. Stuntz at the Buff Allies Table

Buff Allies Student and staff allies staffing a table at new student orientation

Alice MillerMacPhee (left), Sergeant Nethery (center),
Lana King at the Buff Allies Table 

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