The University of Notre Dame’s Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students will lead a number of campus activities April 12 to 16 (Monday to Friday) as part of “StaND Against Hate Week.”
Co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Student Affairs, Gender Relations Center, student government, University Counseling Center, Office of the President, Campus Ministry, Men Against Violence, Feminist Voice and MeChA, the week is dedicated to ending all forms of hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and serves to create an inclusive spirit at Notre Dame for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Planned activities are:
- April 12 to 14 – Ally pledge and Day of Silence banner signing, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall and LaFortune Student Center.
- April 12 – “The Laramie Project” film screening and discussion, 7 p.m., Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library. Open to Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College students.
- April 13 – “Homosexuality Under the Dome: Past Struggles and Present Solutions,” 7 p.m., Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library. Presentation by Dominic Parrott, assistant professor of psychology, Georgia State University. Free and open to Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff.
- April 14 – “Sexuality,” 7 p.m., Room 122, Mendoza College of Business. Featuring Heather Rakoczy Russell, Gender Relations Center.
- April 15 – “StaND Against Hate Week” T-shirt distribution, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fieldhouse Mall.
- April 15 – Meet and greet, 7 to 9 p.m., Reckers Hospitality Room.
- April 16 – Day of Silence, 3 p.m., silent procession from front of Main Building steps to Coleman-Morse Center for prayer service, Rev. Joe Carey, C.S.C., presiding. Ice cream social immediately following service.
Established in 1996 and previously called the Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs, the Core Council has initiated and implemented educational programs on issues affecting gay, lesbian and bisexual students. It has offered annual assistance in training resident assistants during Hall Staff Orientation, directed CommUnity sessions for first-year students, and presented the “Network” program. The group hosts monthly coffee hours, sponsors topical speakers, and organizes “Solidarity Sunday” and events to mark National Coming Out Day.