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Written by Karen Lauritsen on June 21, 2013

Proud to be named Faculty-Staff Ally of the Year

The people of Kennedy Library were thrilled to be honored at Lavender Commencement as Cal Poly’s Faculty-Staff Ally of the Year! It’s a very meaningful honor. We thank the Pride Center, our powerful partners, for such a generous and thoughtful recognition.

First of its kind

This was the first year ever that the Faculty-Staff Ally of the Year Award was presented to a campus entity rather than one person.

Erin Echols, coordinator of the Pride and MultiCultural Centers in Student Life and Leadership, said that the Pride Center presented this award to Kennedy Library, “for your work in supporting multiple Pride Center events in your spaces, promoting April’s Pride Month through web and marketing materials, and for the multiple staff members who supported our co-sponsored events.”

The Pride Center hosted six events in the library for Pride Month, including  a quarterly LGBTQIA Organizations Social, Bisexuality 101 workshop, Queer People of Color (QPOC) Workshop, Out in the Media presentation, Trans 101 Workshop and Ally Training. The Pride Center also designed a LGBT history display for the week of April 22nd.

Here’s more about our collaborative Pride Month.

Visible advocacy

The Kennedy Inclusive Culture Committee (KICC), formed in 2012, is chaired by Katherine O’Clair, the librarian for CAFES. She was happy the library could host so many Pride Month events and is looking forward to more opportunities to partner with the Pride and Multicultural Centers.

KICC was “crucial in helping us increase our event numbers and expand to new audiences,” Erin said. “This support showed our students how much one area of campus can advocate for the LGBTQIA community. They felt appreciated, and are eager to work together in the future.”

So do we! We will continue to make Kennedy Library, “a place where everyone can experience warmth, welcome, and the depth and breadth of our community’s diversity,” said Anna Gold, university librarian.

Learn more about KICC and the inclusive culture at Kennedy Library.

Visit the Pride Center for more about how they support the mission of Student Life & Leadership by “focusing on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to promote personal growth and education.”

One comment on “Proud to be named Faculty-Staff Ally of the Year
  1. Congrats!!! Thanks for being such a fabulous resource on campus!!!

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