Educational Resources offered through the Pride Center
Introducing the Critical Conversations and Q-Chat Learning Series
In Spring 2023, the Pride Center and the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy partnered to offer an educational series for faculty and staff called “Critical Conversations” to discuss topics that impact the queer and trans community. The series has continued into the 2023-2024 with conversations covering topics such as “queer and trans inclusive pedagogy and practice,” “UND Queer history,” “LGBTQ+ student retention,” and more. The conversations are designed to build awareness and understanding of issue impacting queer and trans students to better provide support along with creating a more inclusive campus.
Q-Chat is a new conversation series this semester that covers various topics related to higher education for students, faculty, and staff. Conversations are led by UND faculty, staff, and students to share experience about campus life, research, programs, services, and more. The first session is Understanding our Work: The Purpose of Queer and Trans Resource Centers on College Campuses and will be facilitated by Dr. Jeff Maliskey, director of the Pride Center. The Q-chat will take place on Thursday, February 22 at 12:30pm in the Memorial Union 318. The conversation will focus on how queer and trans resources centers started on college campuses and how they are rooted in activism. Exploring the past helps us understand the purpose of queer and trans resource centers today and their crucial role on campus.
The second Q-chat schedule for this semester is Engaging in Queer & Trans Research on Tuesday, March 26 at 12:30pm in the Gershman Graduate Center. Drs. Tiffany Russel and Ryan Flinn will facilitate a conversation on how students, faculty, and staff can engage in queer and trans research. They will share insight on their own work with the population, their labs, and the importance of queer and trans research. Both Dr. Flinn and Dr. Russel have extensive research experience in working within the LGBTQ+ community in the field of psychology and counseling psychology.