Announcement of the formation of a new subcommittee: Que(e)ries: Diverse Genders and Sexualities Action Subcommittee!

The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) is thrilled to announce the formation of a new subcommittee: Que(e)ries: Diverse Genders and Sexualities Action Subcommittee of the CCIE. Recognizing that our community includes individuals with vast and intersectional identities, including diverse genders, sexualities, and family and relational structural and backgrounds, the subcommittee aims to actively affirm and advocate for a campus community in which all are welcome and safe. Que(e)ries will look to inform and support policies, practices, and actions that affirm and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ communities at Saint Mary’s College.

The formation of this committee arose through the hard work, labor, and collaboration between faculty, staff, and students over the past several years. Chairs for the 2021 - 2022 academic year are Dr. Anna Corwin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Mike Hoffshire, Director of Student Engagement & Academic Success.

Every June, we reflect on the significant progress we’ve made towards equality for LGBTQ+ Americans. A pivotal moment in that journey was in 1969, when trans women of color,  Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, among many others, took a stand against police violence and harassment during the Stonewall rebellion. Fifty-two years later, much progress has been made—but the same struggle against systemic discrimination and police violence remains. You can learn more about Pride month through the Library of Congress.

In celebration of Pride Month and the formal creation of our subcommittee, we invite all members who identify within these communities to participate in our first virtual mixer to be held virtually on June 23, 2021, from 4 - 5 pm. This gathering will not be recorded. Please RSVP

To express interest in joining our subcommittee for the 2021 - 2022 academic year, please fill out this 3 question form.