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Buff Allies Events and Training

Buff Allies Events & Training



Buff Allies/Spectrum Meet & Greet

September 10 (Thursday), 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Classroom Center #427

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

Buff Allies Open House

September 11 (Friday), 2-4 p.m.
Location: JBK Senate Chamber

  • Open to all who wish to learn about Buff Allies and the resources we provide for WTAMU students, staff, and faculty.

Lunch 'n Learn: "LGBTQIA Legal Support in the Panhandle"

September 14 (Monday), 12:15-1:15 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. This Lunch 'n Learn topic will feature lawyers from the area and they will discuss options related to adoption, marriage, property rights, name changes, and other issues affecting the LGBTQIA community. 

Gender Studies Panel: "Hispanic Heritage"

September 24 (Thursday), 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

  • Hispanic Heritage


October - LGBTQIA History Month!

Guest Speaker: emily danforth (POSTPONED)

October 12 (Monday), 7 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

  • emily m. danforth's debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (HarperCollins 2012), received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and was praised in the LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, whose reviewer called it "a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others." emily has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short fiction has won the International Queer Writing Award from the U.K.'s Chroma Magazine, and the George Garret Award from Willow Springs. emily's nonfiction has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post. She teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College in Providence and is also 1/3 of the editorial/publishing staff of The Cupboard, a quarterly prose chapbook.  For more information: www.emdanforth.com

Safe Zone Training

October 16 (Friday), 1-5 p.m.
Location: JBK Maroon Room

  • 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.

LGBTQIA Awareness Lecture
Forging Inclusive Communities: How to be in Title IX Compliance

October 20 (Tuesday), 12:15 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall

  • Title IX provides sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity nondiscrimination protection for every student. Not everyone on our campus wants to be part of Buff Allies or identify as a Safe Zone, but everyone should know what resources are available to help you in working with our LGBTQIA identifying students. We want to give you the opportunity to learn what you can do to help all of your students and we want you to feel safe asking questions in a safe space.
  • The verbal and nonverbal communication we use every day might send messages to students that they are unwelcome in our classes and on our campus. Language changes all the time and even those identifying as allies are constantly learning how to be more accepting of our students. This session is a nonjudgmental, open discussion where we are all given permission to be imperfect and to use imperfect language in learning to be more accepting in our language use and classroom environment.

Gender Studies Panel: "Beyond Stonewall: LGBTQIA & History"

October 22 (Thursday), 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

  • Featuring Drs. Matt Reardon, Elizabeth Clark, and Jean Stuntz



Lunch 'n Learn: "Teaching Identity Politics: Can We Ever Really Be Un-Biased?"

November 9 (Monday), 12:15-1:15 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.  This Lunch 'n Learn topic is "Teaching Identity Politics: Can We Ever Really Be Un-Biased?" featuring WTAMU professor Amy Von Lintel.


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            Buff Allies Student and staff allies staffing a table at new student orientation
Dr. Medlock (left) and Dr. Stuntz at the Buff Allies Table             Alice MillerMacPhee (left), Sergeant Nethery
                                                                                                                (center), Lana King at the Buff Allies Table 


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