Saturday, October 9, 2010

University Condemns Harrassment around Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

From UC News:
University of Cincinnati Chief Diversity Officer Mitchel D. Livingston reminds the UC community that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression will not be tolerated. The university offers a variety of services to assist the community.

Date: 10/6/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822

UC ingot   “It is a fundamental policy of the University of Cincinnati that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression will not be tolerated,” said Mitchel D. Livingston, UC chief diversity officer. “Discriminatory harassment violates the university’s policies and is comprehensively prohibited. Additionally, such behavior is antithetical to our aspiration of becoming a just and caring community."
Mitchel D. Livingston
Mitchel D. Livingston

Livingston spoke in response to recent suicides with direct ties to LGBT bullying and harassment reported elsewhere in the country.
“These senseless tragedies remind us how much work must still be done to create safe and welcoming environments in educational settings for LGBT students,” Livingston said.
The University of Cincinnati’s efforts take two forms, Livingston said. On the one hand, the university strongly condemns discrimination and harassment through University Rules and policies against harassment and discrimination. On the other hand, the university provides services to support the campus LGBTQ community.
The resources available at the University of Cincinnati include:    
Women’s CenterThe UC Women’s Center currently coordinates UC’s LGBTQ Office (681 Steger Student Life Center) which is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and also provides space for Girls Like Us, a social support group for UC students identifying as lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, intersex, woman-identified, or for any female student exploring her sexuality or gender identity, facilitated by the LGBTQ graduate assistant, Brittany Carbonara
LGBTQ Center
The UC LGBTQ Center provides descriptions of programming, student groups, and community LGBTQ support.
Contact: Brittany Carbonara
Counseling Center
The UC Counseling Center provides a wealth of resources including walk-in urgent care hours where a counselor can be seen immediately. Hours are: Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The UC Counseling Center recommends the services of a suicide hotline, 1-800-SUICIDE, a service of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center  where students can access support outside both via phone and online.
UC GenderBloc is a radical queer activist, support and social student group at the University of Cincinnati for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students focusing on gender issues including transgender and genderqueer activism.
UC Alliance       
UC Alliance aims to develop interpersonal relationships in a social and educational atmosphere through activities and events for the LGBTQ community and its allies.
University Rule 10-13-01
Administrative Memorandum #60
Administrative Memorandum #108

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