Scholarships offered to attend LGBTQIA Power of One Conference

Scholarships offered to attend LGBTQIA Power of One Conference

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Students who want to learn about intersecting identities, supporting the LGBTQ community and promoting social justice have the opportunity to apply to attend a conference that focuses on exactly that.

The 2014 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference will be held April 3-5 at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.  Every year the Women’s Center at Boise State provides scholarships which cover expenses (per diem, lodging, flight and registration costs) for students who want to
attend.

“In the past when students have come back from the Power of One Conference, they are so excited,” Jess Caldwell-O’Keefe, director of the Women’s Center and associate dean of students, said. “They are excited to share with others what they’ve learned. They’re excited to integrate the information they’ve gained into the way they’re moving through campus and it’s important for us to give that opportunity to as many students as we can.”

This will be the 11th Power of One Conference. The conference is held annually at universities around the country, including Boise State last year.

It is set up as a collection of speakers, performances, workshops and small group or “family cluster” sessions.

“Most of the sessions in the conference are led by students,” Caldwell-O’Keefe said. “You get to hear from their peers what’s being done on different campuses to support LGBTQ students and to support ally development. It’s really a leadership conference at its core.”

Students who want to apply for a scholarship must turn in or email a completed application to the Women’s Center no later than Monday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be considered.

“It’s a really unique experience for Boise State students to come together and talk about sexual orientation and gender identity in connection to race, ability, nationality–all facets of identity,” Caldwell-O’Keefe said. “It doesn’t just talk about one in isolation so it’s a way for folks with a myriad of identities to come together and learn from each other.”

Emily Pehrson
Emily Pehrson is the current editor-in-chief of The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson