Published: Sept. 7, 2021

The CU Boulder Pride Office is inviting the campus to celebrate and learn how to support our LGBTQ+ community through events and flag displays this fall.

The Pride Office will send pride flags to all buildings and departments to display publicly Sept. 20–24 as a way to show support for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. Campus community members can order smaller flags from the office for their personal use. 

Email the Pride Office for more information about the visibility campaign, about obtaining a flag or joining the Pride Office listserv.

In addition, the office will hang LGBTQ+ identity flags on the Norlin Quadrangle with information cards attached to each flag explaining the identity represented by the flag and recommendations on how to be an ally. 

On Sept. 22, the office will be at the Norlin Quadrangle and will be distributing information about LGBTQ+ resources and upcoming events offered during September and October; October is LGBTQ+ history month. 

“The Pride Center, in conjunction with many other offices, has made significant changes to improve LGBTQ+ inclusivity on campus by making alterations to building facilities, engaging in policy work, conducting Safe Zone trainings and providing more resources,” said Morgan Seamont, director of the Pride Office. “However, we want the campus community to show their support for LGBTQ+ identities, so that CU Boulder students can take pride in who they are and we can all learn to be better allies.”

The office, which is part of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement’s Center for Inclusion and Social Change, focuses on building a sense of belonging and community for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty, educating campus about LGBTQ+ issues and advocating for that community. 

This visibility campaign is part of the office’s ongoing efforts to create an inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff, which has been a particular focus since a 2014 campus climate survey showed that LGBTQ+ students felt less supported and welcomed on campus than their straight peers, Seamont said. 

The upcoming campuswide survey in October seeks to understand the extent to which students, faculty and staff feel respected, supported and valued at CU Boulder and will be an important tool to assess how all campus members, including the LGBTQ+ community, feel about the current campus climate.

“We are really excited to be together in person this year and are working hard to provide resources and fun events for students as well as training for staff and faculty on how to create a more inclusive campus, so we can retain our “Best of Best” (or top 30 in the nation) ranking as an LGBTQ+ inclusive campus,” Seamont said. 

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