QUEER ISSUES COMMITTEE
The Queer Issues Committee is a group of faculty, staff, and students who meet regularly to work toward making UMM and its surrounding community safe places for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied students, faculty, and staff through programs and activism aimed at increasing visibility, awareness, and understanding of GLBTA issues. We do so through the following avenues:
- Coordinating UMM’s Safe Zone Program, open to anyone in the community.
- Co-sponsoring events and speakers.
- Hearing individual concerns and offering referrals and advocacy.
- Working on systemic concerns, such as transgender housing and hate crime reporting, through UMM's governance system.
- Working to improve institutional support for GLBT students, faculty, and staff, such as a new Queer Resource Center and a staff person dedicated to GLBTA concerns.
Five faculty/staff and five students sit on the committee. When more than five members of either group are interested in the committee, E-Quality will elect student members and the chair will send a request for an election to faculty/staff.
Safe Zone is a six hour training offered for UMM faculty, staff, students and Morris community members. This training is for participants to become better allies to LGBT individuals. At the end of the training, participants receive a Safe Zone sign to post on the door of their office or in their home, as well as a mobile Safe Zone pin and keychain. If you are interested in learning more about the queer community and about being a good ally, then this training should be on your radar. (info is sent via email to the entire campus; about 2 trainings each semester. Train the trainers is offered once a year.)
Mo’Femmes (Morris Feminists)
Morris Feminists is a non-hierarchical group that operates by consensus. We aim to provide a safe environment for all individuals to discuss and enact real change on issues related to feminism, as well as all intersecting facets of oppression. Morris Feminists is responsible for the Feminism and its Intersections film series, as well as other projects around the UMM campus.
(update each year with contact person - from student activities student leader directory)
Morris Queer Student Initiative for Equality (MoQSIE) is a student organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Aesexual, Two Spirit, and Allies (“LGBTQIA2S”) at the University of Minnesota Morris. Through social events, educational programs, pride activism and political awareness, MoQSIE strives to end stereotyping, and to promote an understanding of equal rights for all gender and sexual minorities.
MoQSIE organizes events such as National Coming Out Day, Pride Week, and an annual drag show.
The Resource Center for Gender, Women, and Sexuality (RCGWS), located within the Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, is a supportive and safe environment for people of all genders, sexualities, and identities on campus. The organizations sharing the RCGWS aim to promote dialogue about issues relating to gender, women, and sexuality; to foster ongoing education surrounding these issues; and to encourage the acceptance of all facets of one’s identity.
Everyone who enters this room may safely and comfortably self-express without fear of discrimination, harm, or exposure for being different. This includes differences of sexual orientation and identity, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, age, and other identities.
The RCGWS is open and accessible during MRC building hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12:20 a.m..
“At UMM, Student Counseling provides free personal, crisis, and developmental counseling, educational programming and outreach, and maintains a confidential service for students who have been sexually harassed or harassed based on race, sexual orientation or religion.”
They have been given resource materials and staff are safe-zone trained.