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Monday, January 13, 2020 05:48 PM

Dear Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the second week of this new year, and that we will be gathering this week with many of you at Creating Change! We are reaching out today to share some additional details about Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals events at Creating Change 2020. 

Consortium Opening Social

Our first time together in Dallas will be a Consortium BAR TAKEOVER in The Parlor bar at the Sheraton from 9:30 - 11:00 pm. The Consortium will provide some apps, so be on the lookout for us (we’ll try to have some Consortium signage to help you find us), and come hang out before we kick off the daylong on Thursday! 

Consortium Daylong Institute

The theme of this year's Daylong Institute is Queering the Future & we are thrilled to be offering a full day of critical conversations, reflecting on both better practices & obstacles within our field as well as engaging in an afternoon of collective creation. Here's an overview of our schedule (times subject to change):

9:00 - 9:45 AM             Welcome & Presentation of Consortium Awards 

9:45 - 11:00 AM            Critical Conversation Breakout Session

We will be establishing community agreements for our space & engaging in a series of discussions around issues that impact our work. 

11:00 - 11:45 AM           Regions Connection

An opportunity to connect with your region representative & other colleagues within your region. 

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM        Lunch on Your Own Break

1:15 - 3:15 PM               Affinity/Identity Group Breakout Session

We will enter into this session with a reassertion of our commitment to racial justice per the Consortium's revised mission & vision. We will break up into race-centered spaces & reflect on our positionality & possibilities.

3:15 - 4:45 PM              2020 & Beyond: Envisioning Our Liberation

We're making a zine, ya'll! We'll be reflecting on the futurity of our campuses, our students & ourselves as a guide for co-creating a series of zine pages, personal art, collages, etc. WE INVITE & ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BRING MATERIALS TO SHARE FOR THIS PROJECT. This can include: magazines, stickers, newspapers, stamps, cool paper, old books, markers, etc. The more materials we have, the more expansive our project can be. We will be scanning/photographing pages folks are willing to share to then be disseminated to membership & beyond to communicate our vision of the future.

Consortium Extension Session

The Consortium has a session reserved during the second workshop block on Friday, January 17th. Currently this session is set-up as a continuation and enhancement of our work during the Daylong Institute - it will be a space to continue engaging in thoughtful conversation and networking with colleagues, as well as to learn more about the Consortium and connect with the current Executive Board. 

Consortium Socials Throughout the Conference

All socials (minus the Consortium Opening Social) will take place in the Consortium Suite, within the conference hotel - the suite number will be announced at the Daylong Institute and via social media.

  • Graduate Student Social/Lunch: Friday 12 - 1:15 pm; a space for graduate students in any discipline to connect

  • TGQ Dinner: Friday 6 - 7:30 pm; dinner welcoming folx who identify as trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming

  • Past Board Social: Friday 8 - 9 pm; space for all past board members of the Consortium to connect and be in community

  • Consortium Meetup: Friday 9 - 10:30 pm; all Consortium members and guests welcome - connect with colleagues and friends and meet new ones

  • LGBT2 Lunch: Saturday 11 - 12:30 pm; lunch welcoming higher education professionals doing LGBTQ+ work who are not directors on their campuses (program coordinators, assistant directors, etc.)

  • POC Dinner: Saturday 6:30 - 8 pm; dinner welcoming Consortium members and higher education LGBTQ+ professionals who identify as People of Color

  • Sober Social: Saturday 9 - 10 pm; social space for Consortium members and guests to connect in a substance-free environment

Higher Education Content Sessions
The Consortium board worked with the National LGBTQ Task Force staff to curate a diversity of higher-education sessions throughout each day of the conference in the same (or a nearby) room.  We hope this will provide our membership with opportunities to engage in sessions related to our work throughout the conference in a convenient location!

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor

9:00 AM           Designing Change on College Campuses

10:45 AM         Dismantling White Supremacy in LGBTQ Centers as a QTPOC Director           

3:00 PM           Engaging Queer Students in STEM Fields with Queer Science! 

4:45 PM           Everything I Need To Know About College I Learned In A Black Church           

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Other Locations

10:45 AM        Consortium Extension Session (Austin 1, Hotel 2nd flr)

6:30 PM          Caucus: Black Queer Women in College, (Houston C, Convention Ctr, 3rd flr)          

Sat., January 18, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor

9:00 AM          Igniting Lighthouses in a Storm: Creating College LGBTQI+ Mentorship Programming        

10:45 AM        Youth Empowerment and College Pathways Collaboration   

1:30 PM           What’s Faith got do It? Queering Faith and Spiritual Journeys in Higher Education    

3:15 PM           Working From Whiteness: Supporting and Challenging LGBTQA+ White College 


7:00 PM           Caucus: Queer College Conference Leaders

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to connecting with you in Dallas!


The Consortium Executive Board