Queer and LGBT Advocacy Board

Mission

The Queer and LGBT Advocacy Board (QLAB) at the University includes out and allied faculty, staff, and graduate students and draws on research and best practices to continually support the intersectional identities of LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and student communities by providing resources, hosting events, and advocating for positive policy and institutional changes. More specifically, QLAB aims to:

  • Elevate LGBTQIA+ voices and create comfortable and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ bodies on campus
  • Provide a continually updated resource guide of University, local and national resources to supportive services for LGBTQIA+ students, staff and faculty
  • Offer “Safe Zone (Ally) Training Workshops” to the entire University community
  • Create and support spaces for addressing issues of inequity, advocating for inclusive policies on campus and beyond, and documenting these changes
  • Seek ways to work collaboratively with a variety of affinity groups and support the intersectional identities of our communities
  • Experience and hold space for the joys, grief, complexities, etc. of queerness as a community, together

Resources

QLAB maintains a growing resources guide for University community members to make use of. If you would like to suggest additional links, please email our executive board. 

Student groups

  • Queer Student Union is dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA acceptance and understanding on the University campus as well as the Reno/Sparks community. Email the Queer Student Union to connect.
  • Gender, Race, and Identity Club is dedicated to promoting acceptance, knowledge, and diversity throughout the university. Email the Gender, Race, and Identity Club to connect. 
  • Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) is Nevada’s first LGBT+ inclusive sorority. Alpha Class at UNR: “Truth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity, strength in trust.” Email the GRL to connect. 
  • oSTEM is dedicated to building and supporting LGBTQ+ community in the STEM fields. Connect with them at ostemnevada@gmail.com.  
  • MedPride is dedicated to improving medical care for the LGBTQIA community. Email MedPride to connect. 

Executive leadership

  • Jasen Brooks, Incoming Chair
  • Paromita Pain, Incoming Chair
  • Steven Frese, Acting Chair
  • Erin Edgington, Acting Chair
  • Lexi Erwin, Outgoing Chair
  • Angela Moore, Outgoing Chair

To connect with our Executive Leadership, please email qlabeboardunr@gmail.com.

Join the QLAB Faculty/Staff Listserv

Out and/or allied faculty or staff that would like to stay informed about events and issues related to LGBTQ+ life at the University, should subscribe to the LGBTQIA Faculty and Staff listserv. This list is managed by Diversity & Inclusion.

Out and/or allied faculty or staff that are interested in becoming an active member of the LGBTQ+ Task Force, should subscribe to the QLAB listserv. This list is managed by the QLAB Executive Board.