Category: College/Campus News
Published: Feb 17 2017 12:00AM
After a break of nearly two years, MC Pride & Allies, Montgomery College's organization for LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and administrators, is once again working hard to meet the needs of our community and to support our goal of true inclusivity. Members of MCP&A are LGBTQs, friends and relatives of LGBTQs, and community members who are committed to ensuring LGBTQ rights and protections. We recognize that our campuses may be the safest and most accepting spaces our LGBTQ students inhabit.
The need for reviving this group became very clear shortly after the massacre of LGBTQ crowds at a gay bar in Orlando this summer, now known as among the largest mass murders in our country. Phones rang and emails came in from students who sought a safe space. They needed to know that we could support their need to talk about the tragedy and that we can meet the needs of our LGBTQ community. Since then, new fears have arisen for LGBTQ folks. The rise in incidents of violence against the LGBTQ community since early fall has caused grave concern and worry among many.
MC Pride and Allies is committed to seeing to it that our College is an accepting and welcoming space. A very effective way to ensure this is the SAFE ZONE program that exists on campuses nationwide. Trainings are offered on every campus throughout the year. SAFE ZONE transforms trainees into resource people to whom our students, faculty, staff and administrators can safely turn in moments of need. The "MC Pride & Allies SAFE ZONE" signs that are posted on office doors, on desks, and in other visible places make clear that in that particular space LGBTQs will find a member of the community who has gone to some trouble to become truly helpful to those in need. They have committed to listening carefully and to providing information on resources. MC Pride and Allies is grateful to all who have completed SAFE ZONE trainings and encourages what is known to be a very effective approach: department-wide trainings delivered by invitation. Please contact DJ McCullough or Laura White for more information.
In the coming months, as MCP&A is reconfigured, the MC community will get information on meetings, educational events, community-building gatherings, and other activities. All are invited to join in this important work. To be added to the email list, please contact Rita Kranidis or Loraine Hutchins.