On February 16, the Department of Residence Services, in partnership with Kent Inter-Hall Council (KIC) and the LGBTQ Center, will showcase a day-long event entitled â€œTrue Colorsâ€ that looks to explore issues facing the LGBTQ student community, the honoring of human differences for a just community, and offer an opportunity for internal exploration and reflection.
Beginning at 9:00 am in the KSC Ballroom Roxie Patton, the Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ center will facilitate an informational and interactive session. The first part of this session will focus on increasing personal knowledge surrounding LGBTQ community and reflecting on oneâ€™s own privilege and position within their personal context. The second half of the morning features a student panel from the Universityâ€™s LGBTQ community to answer a variety of questions from the audience and share their experiences both at Kent State and throughout their lives.
At 1:00 pm, the sponsoring partners are proud to present Sam Killermann, a self-described â€œhalf-comedian, one-hundred-percent-metrosexual social justice advocate who travels the country talking to students and writing articles about snap judgments, identity, and oppression.â€ His show, entitled, Itâ€™s Pronounced Metrosexual, is a social justice message with a comedic twist.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Student Center was created to provide resources and support for LGBTQ students and their allies. The Centerâ€™s focus is to provide a welcoming environment where LGBTQ students, their allies, families, and friends may connect with caring and informed staff that can provide assistance, resources, and referrals.
The Center educates the campus community: students, faculty, and staff about sexual orientation and gender identity, in order to increase Kent State Universityâ€™s Safe Space for Kent State Students. One such collaborative event is the upcoming True Colors LGBTQ educational event geared toward raising awareness of LGBTQ issues. Resident Assistant staff will learn more about Kent Stateâ€™s LGBTQ community, creating safe spaces and education around negative stereotyping. The focus will be on promoting inclusive and safe communities for students who are questioning, or who may identify as LGBTQ.
The Department of Residence Services is committed to enhancing and complementing the academic and personal development of students by cultivating and nurturing values emphasizing self-awareness, engagement in learning, responsible citizenship, support and development of relationships, as well as the honoring of human differences for a just community. The event is free and open to the Kent State University community.