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Topics in this Awesome Newsletter:
1) New Officers!
2) Day of Silence and Break the Silence Dance
3) Camp Pride Applications due today
4) Transgender Hate Crimes Reporting Bill
5) Taste of Tibet Dinner at the Diversity House
6) Life in a Day Screening
7) TD Summer Fair
8) First Night
9) Rhode Crew - move in early!
10) Rhode Island pRIde
11) Job opportunities!
We had elections on Wednesday the 25th. Congratulations! The Executive board is now composed of:
President - Brian Sit
Vice President - Jessica Fedorko
Vice President - Shannon Collins
Treasurer - Ryan Lee
PR Chair - Dario Rodriguez
If you would like to join, come to our nearly last meeting of the academic year, Friday 3pm in the Multicultural Center.
Day of Silence and Break the Silence Dance
We had a great time with the Day of Silence - We distributed Pledge Cards and informational fliers throughout campus and held our First super-awesome Break the Silence Dance featuring DJ International Nasty. Our Dance turned out to be a success due to the huge amount of work put in by our members. Next time you see a GSA member, be sure to say "thank you for your hard work" Also, thank you to the many Organizations that helped us. Uhuru Sasa, BOND, eXposure, Interfraternity Council, LASA, The Office of Student Affairs, the LGBTQ Center, and many supportive others.
Camp Pride Applications are Due Today
The Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity and the LGBTQ Center will sponsor two students to attend the annual Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp, sponsored by Campus Pride, a national leader in LGBT inclusion and advocacy on college campuses. http://www.campuspride.org/camppride/
Attached is the application for a scholarship to attend Camp Pride. All applications are due to Annie Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday by Noon.
Applications also at https://docs.google.com/file/d/1HAAOwzgG8dF5w5TBkuFp_tDXWGyzrgqUf2u6LYpcEOGpc3ccLBbK-BKH3q4c/edit?pli=1
Transgender Hate Crime Reporting Bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 2488 - adding gender identity and expression to hate crimes reporting. The hearing will be on Thursday, April 26th at 4pm in room 313 at the State House which Vice President Shannon Collins will be attending.
Please consider attending the hearing to testify in support of this legislation. If you are unable to attend, you can still send written testimony to Jaye Watts at Youth Pride at email@example.com by Noon.
Taste of Tibet Benefit Dinner @ 6pm-8pm in the Diversity House
Join the Diversity House for their last event, a free casual Tibetan dinner & open house to benefit an orphanage school in Tibet. Donations are welcomed. A silent auction will follow the dinner. Further information is available at http://www.uri.edu/nonviolence/tasteoftibet & https://www.facebook.com/events/341673645894981/
Meet up at the LGBTQ Center and someone will guide you to the D-House or head to 17 Fraternity Circle.
President Brian Sit and Treasurer Ryan Lee will be attending.
Life in a Day Screening @ 7pm in Swan Auditorium
LIFE in a DAY @ URI is a URI Film Collaborative student-made feature length documentary film which depicts exactly what it says; life in ONE day (November 14th, 2011) at The University of Rhode Island. Follow students as they go about their day, answer questions such as "What's in your pockets?", "What do you love?", "What do you fear?", and "Why did you choose to come to URI?". This artistic expression of appreciation towards the University will surely open your eyes as you experience others' lives as they show you the University through their lens.
More Information at https://www.facebook.com/events/259335647475560/
Talent Development Summer Fair @ Wednesday July 25th
The Gay Straight Alliance will have a presence at Talent Development's Summer Fair and we need your help. If you will be around RI during the summer and would like to help, get in contact with us by replying to this email with "I'd like to help" in the subject line and we would love to be blessed with your presence.
First Night is the best time for recruitment and acts as the first impression students have with the various Student Organizations. We will have a booth for GSA but we need help. If you could help out, again reply with "I'd like to help" in the subject line. We need ideas for promotional material and things to buy. So, please help us spend our money. We need to go shopping soon.
Rhode Crew - move in early!
Participate in the fall 2012 move-in “Rhodeside Assistance” program for a free “Rhode Crew” t-shirts with your organization’s name on the back, “Rhode Crew” water bottles, and will be provided bag lunches on both move-in days. Also, all resident students who volunteer to work on the “Rhode Crew” will be allowed to move into their own assigned residence hall rooms on Thursday August 30. In return we are seeking URI student volunteers to assist in unloading vehicles and carrying things to first year student rooms during one 4-hour shift (either morning or afternoon) on each of the two freshman move-in days. Each “Rhode Crew” volunteer will be asked to attend a brief informational meeting on Friday August 31 as well.
Sign up and get more information at http://housing.uri.edu/info/volunteer-for-move-in.php and write Gay Straight Alliance on the Organization line.
Rhode Island pRIde @ June 16th
PRIDE is Rhode Island's Gay Pride Event with Parades, floats, free stuff, and rainbows. We're planning to go and if you would like to come with us or meet us there, Reply with "PRIDE" in the subject line. Here's more information http://www.prideri.com/?page_id=30
Marriage Equality Rhode Island
Looking for something to do this summer? Want to make a difference for LGBTQ rights in Rhode Island? Marriage Equality Rhode Island is looking for Summer Fellows! For more information, contact Dawn Euer at DEuer@MarriageEqualityRI.org or our very own Vice President Shannon Collins. Reply to this email with "MERI Fellowship" in the Subject line.
Intern with Astraea Lesbian Foundation
Astraea is a dynamic global foundation providing critically needed financial and technical support to lesbian-led, LGBTQI and progressive organizations. For more than 30 years, Astraea raises funds and distributes grants based on the belief that everyone can participate in philanthropic process -- from giving to grantmaking. Today, Astraea grantee and donor partners are fueling the movement for social, racial, economic and gender justice in villages, towns, and cities around the world. http://www.astraeafoundation.org/take-action/job-and-volunteer-postings/internships
Work for U.S. PIRG
Train dozens of students how to effectively organize campaigns that help increase funding for mass transit, build support for clean energy legislation, and alleviate poverty. With U.S. PIRG, you can actually get paid to take on and solve the problems our country face: from advocating for policies that will protect consumers from big banks and credit card rip-offs to educating citizens and students about energy efficiency, and increasing participation in democracy. U.S. PIRG is a federation of state-based public interest advocacy groups. And working together we have a much greater opportunity to make a difference. We have a 40-year track record of organizing on these issues, and, we’re hiring graduating seniors to jump right in and make a critical impact as a campus organizer or in our fellowship program. Learn more about both of these positions at www.uspirg.org/jobs. For more information check out our website, or feel free to send me an email Patrick@masspirgstudents.org or give me a call at 517-617-7003.
Volunteer with Sojourner House RI
Domestic violence and sexual assault are issues intimately tied with a person’s sexual health. The Sexual Health Education & Advocacy program works to highlight the importance of sexual health and fulfillment in the overall healing process. Current needs include an LGBT Outreach Volunteer. Familiarity with LGBT issues and community resources preferred but not required. Contact: Aida at 861-6191, ext. 121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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