The Boise State campus in itself has its recognizable identity. It welcomes students from all walks of life. One such community that is present and growing on the Boise State campus is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Queer, Intersex Asexual Ally
Nov. 4-8 Pride Alliance at Boise State will be hosting Diversity Week on campus as way of raising awareness for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Working alongside such co-sponsors as the Women’s Center and the Gender Studies club, there will be a multi-faceted variety of events that provide students an opportunity to become more informed of the LGBTQIA community not only on campus, but in the state of Idaho as well.
Megyn Rodriguez, junior multi-ethnic studies major, was one of many who helped plan Diversity Week. As president of Pride Alliance, Rodriguez highlighted the goal of diversity week.
“The over arching theme of this year is the history of LGBTQIA in Idaho,” Rodriguez said. “In order to move forward in that social justice realm it’s important to know the past.”
The events during Diversity Week give a multitude of ways for students to become educated on the matter of the LGBQTIA identity at Boise State.
The Pride Alliance is seeking to formulate a community here at Boise State that is both knowledgeable and well-informed.
“I think it is important for Boise State students to know that there is a LGBQTIA community here, it is prominent even though it may not seem very visible,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez went on to describe that this goal does not only apply to current students but also
prospective students. As president of her organization, Rodriguez receives many emails from future students asking such questions as, “What is the climate for the LGBQTIA here at Boise State?” And, “Is it safe?”
“Having events like Diversity Week really shows how the climate is here at Boise State,” Rodriguez said. “In that yes, there is an identity here.”
Diversity Week is set to put on a variety of events. Which serves the purpose of providing this opportunity to be informed.
From a panel discussion, to a spoken word performance and workshop by award winning poet/activist Andrea Gibson, Diversity Week holds an opportunity for all students who may have questions regarding the LGBQTIA community.