In July the LGBTQ Center sent me to Campus Pride at Vanderbilt University. We had an impressive list of speakers who covered a range of topics including LGBTQ activist history, currant research on teens coming out, and resources that are available to high school and college students. To name a few, we heard from Caitlin Ryan who founded the Family Acceptance Project, Marissa Richards who is the president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Stephanie Laffin who is on the board of directors for the It Gets Better Campaign.
One of the main objectives of camp was to take an action plan back to our schools. An example of something that has been highly successful for other Universities with similar climates as Wake has been getting fraternities, sororities, and athletic teams safe zone trained. This would be very beneficial in creating a more accepting environment at Wake. Another resource at camp was that we were able to network with other colleges. Students from UNC Charlotte, Winthrop, Elon, and Wake Forest are forming a coalition of college LGBTQ/GSA organizations in order to share information and collaborate. This was the 6th year of Campus Pride. There is an impressive number of returning faculty, speakers, and represented colleges every year. Hopefully next year Wake Forest will be one of them.
Lilias Gordon, WFU ’15
Every year, the LGBTQ Center will offer a scholarship to send a Wake Forest student to Campus Pride’s annual summer leadership camp, Camp Pride. Camp Pride is an opportunity for LGBTQ and ally students to develop their leadership skills as well as to connect and share resources with peer student leaders from other colleges and universities across the country. Past attendees describe it as a life-changing experience! For more information on Camp Pride, visit their website. The scholarship is open to all students, but rising sophomores and juniors are particularly encouraged to apply. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Angela Mazaris firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.