IvyQ Conference Considers Sexual and Gender Diversity

IvyQ Conference Considers Sexual and Gender Diversity – via Dartmouth Now 
Posted on November 20, 2014 by Kelly Sundberg Seaman
IvyQ 2014 brought several hundred LGBTQIA+ students from the eight Ivy League schools and beyond to campus Nov. 6-9.“The IvyQ Conference brought together a critical mass of LGBTQIA+ students from Dartmouth and peer institutions for the explicit purpose of critically engaging with LGBTQIA+ knowledge and praxis,” says Reese Kelly, director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement (CGSE), which provided an administrative home for the conference. Kelly is also interim director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership. (LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay/genderqueer, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, and ally/asexual.)Reese Kelly, director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and interim director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, gives the opening address at IvyQ 2014, held at Dartmouth Nov. 7-9. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Reese Kelly, director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and interim director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, gives the opening address at IvyQ 2014, held at Dartmouth Nov. 6-9. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The annual conference, which has previously been held at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Brown, Yale, and Princeton, offers a mix of workshops, forums, speeches, and events with educational, social, and networking goals. It was planned and organized by a team of Dartmouth students, who handled everything from funding to logistics to hospitality. Attendees included students from the University of Oxford, RPI, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Middlebury, Stanford, and Duke in addition to the Ivies.

“Student leaders, professional educators, performers, and advocates offered lectures, workshops, and discussions that empowered and challenged conference attendees,” says Kelly. “Due to generous support from the college and corporate sponsors, the Dartmouth IvyQ schedule boasted prominent voices on the national scene including Denice Frohman, Kim Katrin and Tiq Milan, Mara Kiesling, and the Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington.”

“As the CGSE, we are honored to have had the opportunity to support this endeavor, to engage student leaders in the process of conference organizing and community development, and to encourage critical reflection around topics of gender and sexuality,” says Kelly.

Michelle Hector, CGSE associate director, says, “Towards the end of the conference I overheard two Dartmouth students discussing how different the campus felt. They said something that students constantly reiterated throughout the conference: having so many LGBTQIA+ students on campus felt good. That made me so happy and proud of our students.”

IvyQ student chair Kelsey Weimer ’16 has received positive feedback about the conference from attendees and from “both institutional and student LGBTQIA leaders.” Dartmouth’s campus “really opened up and welcomed attendees,” she says, including 121 Dartmouth students who hosted guests. And, she says, “ideologically, the conference is progressing well, and is built to be up to speed with important social movements within the queer community.”

“We spent over six months planning this conference, and while there were struggles along the way, the planning committee went above and beyond to make the conference a success. We had amazing keynotes, informative workshops, and fun social events,” says team member Yeja Dunn ’16.

The Rev. Nancy Vogele ’85, director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the Tucker Foundation, was one of several Dartmouth community members on the conference program. Hosting the IvyQ conference this year was important for three reasons, she says.

“First, it allowed our LGBTQIA students to create and be a part of a larger LGBTQIA community. Dartmouth students loved meeting their peers from other institutions,” Vogele says. Also, she says,  “a great deal of intellectual learning, debate, and networking happened. One student from Princeton took part in my workshop to get ideas for his senior thesis. Over 30 students attended a workshop given by Ethan Falleur ’16 on “What the Bible Says about Homosexuality” in order to learn in more detail from where and why opposition continues.” And finally, says Vogele, “hosting the IvyQ allowed the entire campus to think about issues of sexuality, justice, inclusion, and acceptance.”

“I think Dartmouth can benefit in a lot of ways from IvyQ,” says the conference’s finance chair. “It expands the minds of Dartmouth students to see the diversity of people out there and to learn to be less scared of them. It also helps Dartmouth as an institution by showing the visiting students and, by extension, the rest of the collegiate community that Dartmouth simply is not the scary, wild place that so many make it out to be. By ensuring this conference was funded, I hope we’ve made a difference in the lives of the attendees. IvyQ is a really unique opportunity for people to find lots of others with similar experiences and see the resources available to them.”

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Original Article Posted via Dartmouth Now: 
http://now.dartmouth.edu/2014/11/ivyq-conference-considers-sexual-and-gender-diversity/

Ivy+ Pride at Denver Bicycle Cafe

Dartmouth GALA, Stanford Pride, Cornell U GALA, Harvard GLC, and FFR/Princeton BTGALA Present…
An LGBT Intercollegiate Fall Alumni Mixer
Denver, CO

WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
COST: No Cover, Cash Bar & Food
RSVP: Please RSVP at http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/AlternateEmail.html

Join Ivy+ LGBTQ alumni and friends for local craft brews, coffee, and conversation at Denver Bicycle Cafe. Friends, partners, and significant others welcome! Please RSVP using the link above.

Co-sponsored by Stanford Pride, Cornell U GALA, Harvard GLC, Dartmouth GALA, and FFR/Princeton BTGALA.

Details: http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/Events2014/141015CO.html

Dartmouth to Host IvyQ Conference

Dartmouth to Host IvyQ in Fall 2014

Dartmouth will host IvyQ on Nov 6-9, 2014, the weekend after the DGALA All-Class Reunion (Oct 31-Nov 2). The student planning committee is seeking alum participation:

  • Alums interested in hosting a workshop or participate in a panel on topics such as Poetry, Asexuality, Queer Histories, ARt (non-poets), STEM panel, Wellness, Ability, Class, Relationships, Sex, Sexuality, Identity, Advocacy, Faith, and Diasporas and Internationalism.
  • Alums with connections to companies or organizations that would be interested in sponsoring the IvyQ conference. The fundraising committee is actively seeking individual, corporate, and organizational sponsors.
  • For more info, email: ivyqprogramming@gmail.com

IvyQ is an annual undergraduate conference focused on issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and leadership and is open to students throughout the Ivy League. Through meaningful and diverse programming and community-building, IvyQ aims to create an intercollegiate community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine self-identities, value those of others, and understand the importance of intersectionality. While empowering all students to feel confident in their identities and their potential to instill positive change in their own lives and the communities they inhabit, IvyQ stresses the acknowledgment of our institutional privilege and seeks lasting social change for LGBTQ communities.

Landed: Together in Canada by Sarah Foy ’01

Landed: Together in Canada by Sarah Foy ’01

The Landed exhibition opens on May 28 with the launch of DOC NOW, the Ryerson University documentary media festival. Landed is also an official affiliate event of WorldPride 2014 Toronto, and will be in the Emerging Artists Project gallery at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, May 24 to June 29. For gallery hours and more information, visit: www.landedtogether.ca.

What was the inspiration for Landed: Together in Canada?

“I am an American, and in 2009, I fell in love with a non-American. At the time, U.S. federal law did not recognize same-sex marriage, and it did not permit U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for permanent residence in the U.S. For my partner and me, this meant that our only viable option was to leave the U.S. when her student visa expired in 2012. We left our home, our community of friends and family, and our jobs and professional networks for the hope of finding a permanent home together.

“Fortunately in our case, my partner is Canadian. Because the Canadian government recognizes same-sex relationships, it was fairly straightforward for me to begin the process of immigrating to Canada as her partner. For many binational couples, the situation is far more complex because neither partner is from a country that recognizes same-sex relationships. Within a couple of weeks of my arrival in Canada, I met another couple who landed here for this reason. This inspired me to find as many couples as I could who immigrated to Canada because they could not live together in the U.S. I ended up identifying over 50 couples (including one who contacted me after reading about my project on the WorldPride website), 17 of whom I interviewed and photographed for Landed.”

Future plans:

“I am in the process of thinking through how I might continue to work on my thesis project. I would love to arrange for an exhibition of Landed in a gallery in the U.S. I may also seek funding to expand the project, e.g., to same-sex binational couples without a connection to the U.S. (or Canada), or to LGBT individuals who have sought refuge in Canada because it is too dangerous or difficult for them to live in their own countries.”

LGBT Canadian Project

Sarah Foy '01 LGBT Canadian Project

Landed Together in Canada - LGBT Canada

Landed Together in Canada: LGBT

Landed Together in Canada Sarah Foy '01

 

 

 

 

Join DGALA June 13-14 in Hanover for our Annual Mini-Reunion

Join DGALA June 13-14 in Hanover for our Annual Mini-Reunion

All classes are invited and all events are FREE!
The tentative schedule for the weekend includes:

Friday June 13th

10:00PM – Midnight
DGALA Cocktails (Open Bar!)

Saturday June 14th

9:00AM – 10:00AM
DGALA Annual Reunion Breakfast with President Phil Hanlon ’77

11:00 AM – Noon
Special DGALA-Only Hood Museum Tour

2:00PM – 3:00PM
DGALA-Only Tour of Triangle House

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Informal Dinner with Students

DGALA dorm housing available for a limited time only!  For information e-mail dartgala@gmail.com.