Thursday, August 30, 2007

A new academic year - 2007-2008

Classes at the University of Texas at San Antonio resumed approximately one week ago, and I am sure we all can tell a difference. Staff and faculty are busier as they work with students to help them follow degree requirements or learn the ropes of academic and student life success. Each student has had the chance to re-connect with those friends they were apart from during the summer and maybe even make some new friends already. However, during the first week of class or any time throughout the academic year, many students may experience an uneasy feeling.
The Allies Program is here at UTSA as a visible resource for those students who are facing the challenge of discovering new gender and sexuality issues that do not fit with what they have learned before. It is our hope that the Allies on campus can provide a safe, non-judgemental environment for any student to further discuss these issues and provide assistance as you search for resources. Just look for the symbol in offices or contact David Kessler about ways to become an Ally at UTSA.
Alpha Lambda Tau was established at UTSA as a Greek social fraternity for men who are gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning with opportunities for social interaction and educational and leadership development. As a member of the Interfraternity Council at UTSA, they participate in recruitment events and attempt to raise awareness on campus of gender and sexuality issues through service.
Lambda Alliance is a registered student organization at UTSA also known as its gay/straight alliance. This organization is open to all community members and has meetings and social events on Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the University Center or another location on campus.
The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center is an office that will soon open in the University Center to address campus climate issues for all underrepresented populations of students and coordinate volunteer and community engagement opportunities for students. Their staff includes: Marlon Anderson, Director; Ann Margaret Trujillo, Assistant Director; Jennifer Lilly, Assistant Director. Until the official center opens, their staff can be found at the Student Activities Office.
May all of UTSA have Pride and Success!

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