|Manhattanville College Helps to Raise Awareness for the LGBTQ Community|
|Thursday, November 17, 2011|
In recent years the negative effects of bullying on the LGBTQ community have been brought to the forefront of society. Many organizations have worked to try to create an accepting environment for everyone, to stop bullying and discrimination. The process however, is long and requires a united front.
On Friday, November 18, Manhattanville College hosted the Westchester LGBTQ College Summit. The goal was to raise awareness on various LGBTQ issues and work together with other colleges and organizations to celebrate pride, acceptance, and to create a greater sense of community.
"We look to bring in the community together to discuss various LGBTQ issues," Boramy Siek, one of the event organizers, said. "We have heard, read and seen many negative things on the news - such as bullying, discrimination and we want to talk about it. We want to be able to communicate."
Participants had the opportunity to attend workshops throughout the day. Workshops were conducted by Residence Life, Gay Straight Alliance, the LOFT, and the SUNY Purchase GSA. Workshops included "Improving Your GSA," an open discussion on gender identity and expression, and an interactive workshop on self-acceptance.
"This summit is important to our campus because it shows that our small but loving community is comfortable enough to host a summit that concerns LGBTQ issues," Siek said. "And it is the truth, our campus, at least from my three and half years of experience here, is a very loving and accepting community. You can be whoever you want to be and that's very important."