About Bellarmine University Office of Identity & Inclusion:
The Office of Identity & Inclusion (OII) at Bellarmine University creates educational opportunities for members of the Bellarmine community to critically examine their beliefs, values and assumptions as it relates to multiculturalism. OII is committed to offering co-curricular programs that acknowledge and reflect the experiences of underrepresented populations, while also providing educational opportunities for all members of the campus community to examine their individual and group experiences within a culturally diverse society. The underlying goal of these two endeavors is to construct a community that acknowledges the multiple perspectives and backgrounds that are present on campus, thereby creating an inclusive and celebratory campus environment where all students, staff and faculty are valued and affirmed.
The Office of Identity & Inclusion works in partnership with BUKnighted, a student-led LGBTQ and allies organization that works diligently to create an inclusive campus community at Bellarmine University that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through educational programming and campus activism.
Our support will allow Bellarmine University to do the following:
Support for LGBT members of the university and their allies
Including various entities open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors: including coming-out support groups, emergency assistance for students in crisis, addressing instances of hate and bias, and grants/scholarships for students with financial need to participate in office events and activities.
Educational, social and supportive programming
Including trainings to teach university and community partners to be allies, to interrupt oppression and to become active partners in creating a welcoming space; LGBT-themed study abroad experiences and grants for students who want to learn to design and implement social justice projects.
Comfortable, accessible space for anyone interested in a place to talk, listen or find support
Including visible physical spaces like the Office of Identity & Inclusion: a safe, welcoming lounge space for students to gather, find support and identify resources. This space also is available for student group meetings, socials, and educational programming.
Expand the Office of Identity & Inclusion support staff
Including hiring and training graduate students whose studies are congruent with social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. These individuals will provide part-time support for the entire year that will work in tandem with students and professional staff to provide trainings, educational programming and advisory support for students and student groups.
Want to learn how you can help?
Your sponsorship will help Feast on Equality support local LGBT organizations to implement programming and other resources to support our LGBT youth.