Buff Allies Events and Training

Buff Allies Events & Training

 

Ongoing

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

 

February

Buff Allies/Spectrum Meet & Greet

TBD
Location: TBD

  • A great opportunity to meet our Buff Allies and Spectrum members!  Lunch provided. 
Lunch 'n Learn: "Safe Sex & the LGBTQIA Community" with Ellie Saadat

February 15 (Friday), 12-1 p.m.
Location: JBK West Texas 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. 
  • PASO's Ellie Saadat wll discuss safe sex as it relates to the LGBTQIA community.  This event is co-sponsored by Student Counseling Services.

Safe Zone Training

February 15 (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: "Live Out Loud" with Jill Ludington

February 24 (Sunday), 3:30 p.m.
Location: FAC Branding Iron Theatre

  • Come LIVE OUT LOUD with us on Feb. 24th at 3:30 at WTAMU’s Branding Iron Theatre.  This is an opportunity for members of the LGBT+ community, their family, friends, and allies to come together. Hear the individual stories of featured LGBT+ panel speakers that grew up in the Texas Panhandle and still live in our area as successful thriving individuals making a difference. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear the story of proud LGBT+ parents and siblings.
  • We will follow with refreshments and a group “LIVE OUT LOUD” canvas painting to be framed and donated to Buff Allies/Spectrum Organizations.

 

March

Lunch 'n Learn: "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" with Dr. Ryan Brooks

March 5 (Tuesday), 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Classroom Center 318

  • 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.  This discussion, facilitated by Dr. Ryan Brooks, will cover Alison Bechdel’s prize-winning, best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family TragicomicFun Home is a fantastic, coming-out and coming-of-age story.  If you are not familiar with Bechdel’s comic, you may be familiar with its musical adaptation, which won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical and which was recently performed by the Amarillo Little Theatre.
  • This event is sponsored by POEM and SPECTRUM. 

COCO: Movies & Communities (Film Screening & Discussion)

March 7 (Thursday), 12-4 p.m.
Location: Alumni Banquet Hall

  • Sponsored by the Gender Studies Certificate Program, come watch the Disney/Pixar animated film COCO and hang out with our fantastic panel of professors to discuss the flim!  Featured speakers include Dr. Andrew Reynolds, Dr. Yvette Castillo, and Dr. Elsa Diego-Medrano. 
  • This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Cornette Library, and the Hispanic Student Association.

Lunch 'n Learn: LGBTQ+ Mental Health - Issues & Services

March 21 (Thursday), 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: JBK Thunder Room

  • Please RSVP to Dr. Bryan Vizzini.
  • 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.
  • This event is sponsored by Buff Allies, SPECTRUM, and the Teaching Excellence Center. 

 

April

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 

Other Events