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University of Minnesota to hold system-wide summit on improving campus climates for GLBT people
September 26, 2008

Contact: Contacts: Angie Nichols, GLBT Services-UMD (218) 726-7300, anichols@d.umn.edu, Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801


MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 9/18/2008 ) --The University of Minnesota Systemwide Standing Commission on GLBT Concerns will host the first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Systemwide Summit Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27 on the Duluth campus. The two-day summit will bring together students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members representing every campus in the University of Minnesota system (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities) who are committed to improving campus climate for GLBT communities.

Those attending will share ways to create inclusive environments on campuses. The sessions will focus on building toward a long-term strategic plan to improve the climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies.

The summit is free and open to all seeking to improve GLBTA campus climate. Some meals and accommodations will be provided, but space is limited and advanced registration is requested. Attendees from visiting University of Minnesota campuses may request support for transportation and lodging. For more information and registration, see http://www.glbta.umn.edu/summit.

“This summit represents a historic occasion as this will be the first time since the commission began in 2004 that everyone from all U of M campuses who have been working to improve GLBTA campus climate will be in the same room together,” said Michael Moore, past co-chair of the GLBT Systemwide Commission. “And we’re thrilled to be able to meet with community members to share together our vision of how the university can be a better place for its GLBTA members and the steps we need to take to get there.”

The goals of the summit are:

• Showcasing University of Minnesota programs and increase networking and information sharing for GLBTA communities systemwide;

• Strengthening reciprocal relationships with off-campus communities;

• Committing to ending racism and building more inclusive movements and communities; and

• Gathering input and begin developing a strategic plan for improving GLBTA campus climate systemwide.