Remarks by Chancellor Richard Ringeisen
University of Illinois Springfield

Friday, October 2, 2009

Statement in support of the LGBTQ community at UIS

I am pleased to support the efforts of the LGBTQ community at UIS, which is observing and celebrating National Coming Out Week, October 5-11, 2009, in preparation for National Coming Out Day, which is observed October 11 each year.

LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning. The LGBTQ community also includes its “allies.” Hence, we have an active student organization at UIS called the Queer Straight Alliance, and I issue the following statement:

  • Whereas, members of the LGBTQ community at UIS are important members of the entire university community; and
  • Whereas, members of the LGBTQ community at UIS are among the ranks of students, staff and faculty, several of them in leadership positions; and
  • Whereas, the UIS culture strives to have a spirit of inclusiveness and to educate students and staff about the critical value of openness; and
  • Whereas, the QSA and LGBTQ community here plans a week of activities during National Coming Out Week, including a picnic on Sunday, October 11, for people of the entire central Illinois community; and
  • Whereas, the entire UIS community is invited to join in those activities; and
  • Whereas, new programs are being developed at UIS to emphasize the value of the LGBTQ community, including staff training, SAFE ZONE training, and the Lavender Graduation; therefore, be it
  • Resolved, the UIS administration asks all members of the UIS community to demonstrate a welcoming spirit to members of our LGBTQ community not only during National Coming Out Week, but year-round; and be it further
  • Resolved, the chancellor encourages all members of the UIS community to participate in SAFE ZONE training, and be it further
  • Resolved, UIS will fly the pride flag below the UIS flag in front of the Public Affairs Center during National Coming Out week, and be it further
  • Resolved, the chancellor invites everyone to join him at the flag raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2009, in front of the PAC Building.

Richard D. Ringeisen, Chancellor
October 2, 2009

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