Story of LBGT@MIT
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LBGT@MIT Issues Group
About the Issues Group
LBGT Issues Group is a committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumni(ae) who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or just plain friendly. We seek to foster a safe and welcoming environment for LBGT students and to ensure that the educational mission of MIT is upheld for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meetings are once a month and address specific projects dealing with the concerns of the LBGT community. Anyone affiliated with MIT and LBGT-friendly is welcome to join or participate.
Issues Group meetings will be held in the Rainbow Lounge (Walker Memorial: 50-005) on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year (i.e., September through May, excluding January/IAP) from 17:00-18:00/5:00P-6:00P.
This year, the Issues Group will be addressing the following projects:
- Graduate Student Orientation: More visibility of the LBGTQIA+ community during graduate student orientation in terms of workshops or presentations.
- Undergraduate Student Orientation: Similar to its graduate counterpart, strives to have more visibility of the LBGTQIA+ community during undergraduate orientation/international orientation in terms of workshops or presentations.
- QPOC Events & Community: This group is for self-identified queer and trans people of color. This initiative is meant to build community in this area as well as discuss issues QPOC face in general and at MIT.
- Asexuality Ally Training: Sensitivity training for members of the LBGTQIA+ community, specifically focusing on asexuality and issues asexual folks encounter.
- Map/App for Gender Inclusive Restrooms:
The initiative for more gender inclusive bathrooms on campus has gained momentum, but it is still difficult for folks to find these restrooms. This group would work on creating an app that accurately maps the gender neutral restrooms on campus.
- LBGT-Friendly Faculty Directory:
The goal of this group is to create a directory of faculty who are open to speaking about LBGT issues and topics.
- Divestment from Prisons: Because prisons are a source of oppression for many different groups that are disproportionately incarcerated, MIT's investment in these institutes poses an issue. This group hopes to tackle this issue head on by researching MIT's policies and approaching the administration with the data.
- Graduate LBGT+ Resources: There is a strong need for more information on where to find LBGT resources within the graduate community. This group will work to make these resources more abundant and easy to find.
- Faculty/Staff Training: There has been a demonstrated need for sensitivity training among faculty and staff around various issues, including sexuality, gender, and race. This group would work to plan the training and make it mandatory for all staff and faculty.
- FSILG Group: This is a group created for LBGTQIA+ identified people in the FSILG community. This group will work to build a more welcoming and educated environment around queer issues within FSILGs.
- Living Pink Revival: The living pink guide displays statistics on queer-friendliness in each dorm and FSILG. In recent years, the guide has not been updated, so the goal of this group would be to provide new data to incoming students.
- Communications Overhaul:
With so many mailing lists, it's easy for information to be lost in translation. This group would problem shoot in an effort to make communication clear and efficient.
- Queer West: Queer West is a group that works to build LBGTQIA+ community on west campus, as there is often a East/West divide culture at MIT.
- LBGT+ Classes/IAP: This group aims to provide classes during IAP that focus on LBGTQIA+ issues as well as history and current events.
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