Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement recognizes that systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia disproportionately impact LGBTQIA students of color – and particularly Black LGBTQIA students. The Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space is one way for the Office to support our LGBTQIA students of color.
Affinity spaces aim to empower students to share their emotions and experiences while reflecting on practices of healing and resiliency -- both of which provide the energy to continue acting for change and justice. These spaces are here for us to share our pain, our hope, and our joy together as a community.
We ask that individuals only participate in this affinity space if they self-identify as both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual).
Stephen Chao (they/them/theirs or he/him/his)
Jaylin Goodloe (she/her/hers)
Both Jaylin, a Black woman and ally to the LGBTQIA community training to become a mental health therapist, and Stephen, an Asian-American genderqueer person working in student affairs and diversity and inclusion, hold experience in guiding folks through practicing mindfulness and positive affirmation within systems of power.
For the spring 2021 semester, QTSOC will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. Reach out to Office administrator Stephen Chao to join the space!