QUEER ISSUES COMMITTEE
The Queer Issues Committee is a group of faculty, staff, and students who meet bi-weekly to work towards making UMM and its surrounding community safe places for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two spirit, and allied students, faculty, and staff through programs and activism aimed at increasing visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBTQIA2S+ 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 housing and hate crime reporting, through UMM’s governance system.
- Working to improve institutional support for LGBTQIA2S+ students, faculty, and staff, such as supporting the Resource Center for Gender, Women, and Sexuality and the addition of a staff person dedicated to gender and sexuality concerns.
Safe Zone is a three hour training offered for UMM faculty, staff, students and Morris community members. This workshop is for participants to become better allies to LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. At the end of the workshop, 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. If you are interested in learning more about the LGBTQIA2S+ community and about being a better advocate, then this training should be on your radar!
Info on workshops is sent out by email through the campus listserv. LGBTQIA2S+ Programs will also create a workshop tailored to meet your office, space, department, or classroom needs. Contact Adrienne Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-589-6409.
Mo’Fems (Morris Feminists)
Morris Feminists aims to provide a safe environment for everyone to discuss issues related to feminism, gender, and all of its intersecting facets of oppression, as well as a platform to enact change on these issues. Morris Feminists is responsible for the F-Word Conference, a chance for students, faculty, staff, and community members to present on topics related to gender, sexuality, and feminism and its intersections, as well as other projects around the UMM campus.
Contact: Shelby Flanagan at email@example.com
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.