June is Pride Month, a time to note the achievements, goals, experiences of LGBTQ people. And normally at this time of year, the pride and transgender flags would be waving at the American Indian Center, and several events would be scheduled.
But UND is still marking and observing Pride Month despite the coronavirus pandemic, said Jeff Gibson, assistant director of Student Diversity & Inclusion/LGBTQ Initiatives.
“Pride is about being authentic, being true to who you are, and letting others celebrate you,” Gibson said.
He’s especially pleased that Best Colleges has named UND the best college for LGBTQ students in North Dakota.
“We have a lot of opportunities to get involved, we offer students services, and take part in national events,” Gibson said. “We have also been using social media to educate about Pride Month events and historic moments, and also to inform students what UND has to offer.”
Be a visible ally
Gibson said they have a weekly video series, Coffee & Queers, which covers a variety of topics relating to LGBTQ identities. They are also highlighting LGBTQ student organizations, posting about key events in society such as passing the Marriage Equality Act, and sharing resources that include ally training, peer mentor program, and coming out resources.
“You can easily celebrate Pride just by being a visible ally,” Gibson said. “A great way to do that is by wearing your UND Rainbow Pride Pin!”
If you’d like to be involved, more information is available at:
- Resource Website: UND.edu/pridecenter
- Student Diversity & Inclusion Instagram: @und_sdi
- Student Diversity & Inclusion Facebook: @UNDSDI
- The LGBTQ+ Peer Mentor Program provides a space for you to meet new friends and learn more about the LGBTQ community at the University of North Dakota. Mentors are here to help you navigate campus and get you connected to resources that will help you make the most of your experience at UND. Our mentors can show you around campus, connect you with other students, talk about your experiences and share theirs, or just be a friend when navigating tough issues.
- Faculty & Staff Allies have completed Ally training and are recognized by the University as LGBTQ+ Allies. Ally training is also available.