BLOOMINGTON — A new group called the Queer Coalition will be combining the efforts of the LGBT/Queer Studies Institute and the faculty/staff affinity group, ISU Triangle Association.
According to an announcement from Illinois State University, an organizational meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Those interested in attending can fill out the form here. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the event.
The effort is led by faculty members Dr. Livia Stone and Dr. S. Gavin Weiser, and staff members Dave Bentlin and Barb Dallinger.
“Some of the academic mission of the Institute was assumed by Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), which worked to get a queer studies program off the ground,” said Stone, who noted WGSS now offers a Queer Studies Concentration. She added a lot of support and programming for students comes through the Multicultural Center (formerly Diversity Advocacy). “Over the last few years, the University started to invest in the Center, so we are looking for more ways to keep students connected with faculty and staff support.”
The new coalition is open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. It will focus on coalition building.
“I’m hoping the Queer Coalition can be a home for queer faculty, staff, and graduate students,” said Weiser. “It could be a place where students can go to find the so-called ‘elders’ to provide support.”
The Oct. 23 meeting will determine next steps for the group and leadership will be chosen, ISU stated in the announcement. To be added to the mailing list for the Queer Coalition, fill out the form here.
Register for the Oct. 23 meeting by submitting the form.