June 18, 2024
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Community of Belonging

Several activities foster understanding and engagement as Pride Month continues

As part of Wittenberg’s Pride Month celebration, Wittenberg’s Office of Student Conduct & Title IX held a Safe Zone training for faculty and staff on June 5.

“This training is specifically designed to enhance awareness and promote allyship for LGBTQIA+ individuals within our community,” said Kristina Bryant, director of Student Conduct & Deputy Title IX coordinator. “The training covered essential topics such as LGBTQIA+ identities, terminology, concepts, and best practices for creating inclusive and affirming spaces. Participants gained insights into the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and learned practical strategies to support them effectively.”

Approximately 20 participants from departments across campus completed the training and received a Safe Zone placard for their office door signifying that faculty or staff member's commitment to understanding and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and providing students with a visible symbol of a safe and welcoming space. More Safe Zone training will be offered to faculty and staff this upcoming fall semester.

Additionally, the Wittenberg Chapel team is hosting a ‘Blessing of Identities’ service on Wednesday, June 26, beginning at noon outside Weaver Chapel near the Thomas Library on campus.

In Wittenberg’s hometown, Springfield Pride will also make its return on June 22 in downtown Springfield along South Fountain Avenue and High Street. The festival will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. and feature vendors, food, live entertainment, and lots of fun. Mother Stewarts Brewing will then host a Pride Afterparty beginning at 8 p.m. The day before the Pride Festival, on Friday, June 21, O’Connor’s Irish Pub on N. Limestone Street will host a Pride Kickoff Drag Show starting at 8 p.m.

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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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