Student Resources: Pride Alliance | USU

Job : November 03, 2022 |
Author: Abbie Cochrane |
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With information about the alliance, including a glossary of LGBTQIA+ terms and resources for student members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the Southern Utah University Pride Alliance helps update campus policies to make SUU more inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQIA+ students.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

The SUU Pride Alliance website provides on-campus resources for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff, as well as access to local and regional resources. Some resources are listed below.

• There are several general health service providers who are LGBTQIA+ friendly in Utah; Family health in Cedar City, Transgender Health Program in Salt Lake City, and Planned parenthood in Saint Georges. Click here link to see nearby mental health services, LGBTQIA+ therapists, hormone replacement services, and other LGBTQIA+ services.

JransEquality has information on how to change your name in any state in the country, as well as how to change your name on your driver’s license and birth certificate. For SUU students, your registered name is the legal name under which you were accepted to the university. Any current or former student who wishes to change their legal name on their official school record may do so by completing a “Change of Personal Information” request form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office, along with proper identification. government card with photo or a social security card. To learn more about the official name changes, click here.

• SUU follows the NCAA Policy on Participation of Transgender Student-Athletes. Transgender student-athletes should be permitted to use locker rooms in correlation with their identified gender. Confidentiality clauses are accessible to all students and other measures can be taken on request. Any student who identifies as genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, agender, or any other gender should review the NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Involvement and follow it accordingly. Further statements regarding the participation of transgender student-athletes at SUU can be found here.

• Many buildings on the SUU campus have gender-neutral restrooms! Click here link to find out where they are.

LGBTQIA+ allies at SUU

LGBTQIA+ students can always find help and support from counseling and psychology services. They are available to make an appointment or refer to external sources for medical care, therapy and advice. Consult the SUU Wellness Center for additional help with anything that interferes with daily life or troubles the mind.

Off campus, local and regional organizations also provide resources and support. Pride of Southern Utah is an LGBTQIA+ oriented nonprofit that believes everyone belongs. And Cedar Pride holds community meetings the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Cedar City Public Library. Other helpful resources include CAPS Resources for LGBTQIA+ Students, Encircle: LGBT+ Family & Youth Resource Center, Equality Utah, and Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce.

Safe spaces on campus

There are many places on campus that are referred to as “safe spaces” for LGBTQIA+ students. Some examples are the SUU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Pride and Equality Club, SUU Pride Alliance, LGBTQIA+ Allies and Community CAPS Group, and The Feminist Club. CDI partners with the Pride Alliance to advocate for students, staff, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. There are also regular SafeZone trainings organized by the Pride Alliance for faculty, students and staff that highlight marginalized genders and sexualities, where participants discuss how to make campus a safer and more welcoming place. . Not only does the CDI serve as an organization space for the Pride and Equality Club, but there is also a computer and a sofa.

Pride and Equality Club at SUU

Allied students and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to join the Pride and Equality Club (PAEC). CEAP plays an important role in helping LGBTQIA+ students find their community. It gives people the feeling that they are not alone, knowing that there are friends and allies on campus.

PAEC itself is a self-help community that touches the heart of every SUU student who identifies as LGBTQIA+. The club also provides students with insight into queer issues and raises awareness both on campus and in the community to help address them. The service opportunities initiated by CEAP are a tremendous incentive to set positive change in motion.

The Pride Alliance is a key player in helping SUU become a more inclusive and welcoming campus for students of all genders and backgrounds. Visit the Pride Alliance website to learn more about becoming an ally, or for LGBTQIA+ resources.

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