Tag Archives: LGBTQ+ community

Lavender Graduation celebrates seniors


Jessica Guerrucci—Reporter As graduation approaches, a ceremony was held to celebrate the achievements of six students in the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to the university. The third annual Lavender Graduation was conducted last week. Students were presented with lavender cords to wear at graduation on May 24. The keynote speaker, Colleen Bielitz, associate vice president for strategic initiatives and

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President Bertolino, Mark Ojakian, hold conversation about sexuality


Josh LaBella – News Writer Southern Connecticut State University President Joe Bertolino and Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian told students they had no set agenda besides discussing their experiences as openly gay leaders and then to give students an opportunity to talk to them about it. The event, titled Out: A Conversation with President Joe and President

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Gender neutral bathrooms coming soon


Jeniece Roman – General Assignment Reporter Facilities Operations will install all gender signs on single use bathrooms on the Southern Connecticut State University campus. “It’s important that the school is recognizing that it’s a separate need and with the need; the signage changed. We didn’t have a petition or anything, it just needed to happen and it happened,” said Eleanor

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Inclusion on campus


Kaitlyn Regan – Special to the Southern News Jenna Retort, Sexuality and Gender Equality Center coordinator for programs, outreach, and services, said Southern is working on making a safe campus for the LGBTQ+ community. Retort said she recently joined the President’s Commission on Campus Climate and Inclusion subcommittee, which is for LGBTQ+ issues. In six weeks, president Joe Bertolino has

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