This is a program for faculty, staff, and students to show tangible support of the LGBT community on campus. Participation includes a 2-hour training, ongoing educational workshops, an Allies rainbow placard, and a very active Allies listerv. We have about 350 Allies on campus. Allies training sessions are held every other month. Each month an Ally of the Month is Chosen. This person is featured, with picture and short bio. This is distributed to the Allies listserv, to the Spectrum listserv, and is on display in the Hughes Trigg digital screens.
“Tea Time” for the LGBT community. This is an informal social time for students, staff, and faculty to build community. This is held every other month (it rotates with Allies trainings).
LGBT Resource Library
We have an extensive collection of books, magazines, dvds with LGBT themes available to be checked out to the SMU community. Additionally, the Dallas newspaper, The Voice, and national magazine The Advocate are delivered weekly.
Every Student Campaign
We coordinated with about 6 different offices on campus that would work with LGBT students more directly than other departments (Women’s Center, RLSH, Chaplain’s Office, Dean of Student Life, Access and Equity, CAPS, etc.) for issues of Discrimination. We created very bold Rainbow/SMU posters that say, “If you have experienced discrimination because of your actual or perceived LGBT status, we are here to help”. Every cooperating department has the posters up in their offices. We also made a giant banner/poster that we hang at the start of every semester in Hughes Trigg.
LGBT Career Mentor Program
In collaboration with the Hegi Family Career Development Center we are connecting students to mentors in different professions to share experiences with the job seeking process and work-life experiences.
Women’s Center Programs
As a staff, the Women’s Center put on programs throughout the year on LGBT themes. In recent years, programs have included National Transgendered Day of Remembrance, National Coming Out Day, National Day of Silence, Know your status day (HIV related), additionally, we incorporate LGBT hate crimes in our Take Back the Night program.
The Women’s Center staff participates in every Wellness 1 class with a presentation on healthy relationships. We are LGBT inclusive and explicit and seek to normalize LGBT relationships.
We directly advise this LGBT affirming student organization. They are mainly undergrad and mainly social. They put on events for National Coming Out Day, as well as other initiatives that arrive from their passions – in past year’s they have put on a “Rent” sing-a-long, brought in speakers, etc. They also collaborate with the Women’s Center on our main programs. Their next program is a group viewing of the film, “Milk”.
Delta Lambda Phi
This is a fraternity whose mission is to enhance the quality of life among gay, bisexual, and progressive men by providing dignified and purposeful social, service, and recreational activities. SMU does have the charter for this organization, but there are no current members. They were active around 2001-2004. If a group of students would like to join this fraternity, there are Allies available to serve as advisor.
SMU LGBT Alumni Organization
This group is newly forming on campus. The Women’s Center is working to connect current student to the group for the purpose of growing future alumni members.