The Pride Collaborative is a comprehensive program that supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer community and their allies through promoting acceptance and understanding here at the University of Nevada, Reno and in Northern Nevada. We work to accomplish the full inclusion of LGBTIQ people via curricular and co-curricular support to students, high school outreach, community service, providing a safe space, social interaction, political activism, and encouraging an overall queer-positive environment on campus and in the community at large.
The Pride Collaborative puts on events singularly or collaboratively throughout the year that support our goals of encouraging equity for the LGBTIQ community.
Ally Week is a week for student organizers to plan events that serve to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America's schools. Ally Week began in 2005 when members of GLSEN's Jump-Start National Student Leadership Team came up with an idea to celebrate Allies committed to ensuring safe and effective schools for all and to encourage students to take action. The idea turned into the first Ally Week celebrated in schools nationwide in October 2005. The Center tends to celebrate the week in April instead of in October due to the GSA Summit and Day of Silence as well as Annual Intercultural Month, all which take place in April. Events include a poster display of ways in which students can be better Allies on the 2nd floor stairs of the student union. It also includes a table on the 1st floor of the union where students are able to sign a pledge to stand up against anti-LGBTQ language and behavior. The GSA Summit and Day of Silence events are also a part of Ally Week.
We work with the local high schools to not only establish but also provide support and guidance to local Gay-Straight Alliances. We provide direct mentoring to help guide them through their lives as LGBTIQ youth into becoming young adults.
Safe Zone is a program which provides safe spaces that are highly visible and easily identifiable to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) persons, where support and understanding is the key and where bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated. Safe Zone Trainings educate people on how to be supportive and inclusive of all people and in turn, how to become an effective "ally" to LGBTIQ people.
Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration of LGBTQIA students and their allies graduating from the University of Nevada. This celebration brings together the academic community including staff, professors, students and alumni for a graduation ceremony focused on the year's LGBTQIA accomplishments.
For on-campus resources for student counseling, please visit the Counseling Services for LGBTQ Students website.
The UNR Queer Student Union is a political/social group which supports progressive GLTBQ issues. We participate in and put on many events throughout the year including: Gay Prom, National Coming Out Day, World Aids Day, Day of Silence, the LGBTQ Movie Series, and Intramural Softball. Everyone is welcome!!!
For more information on Pride Collaborative events email Araceli Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org