The LGBTQIA ERG is an open space for LGBTQIA hot topics in the workplace, a brainstorm session for advancing Elon’s campus climate, a resource on benefits and additional fac/staff topics, and a way for people to connect socially and professionally.
Food is often provided, and there’s also a lucky prize or two…! Food for thought, plus food for your belly – what more could you ask for? ALL are welcome to join, including Allies!
The LGBTQIA employee research group is organized by a leadship team. Please contact us if you have questions or are interested in getting involved:
. Dana Carnes, DCarnes@elon.edu
. Laurin Kier, LKier@elon.edu
. Jack Smith, JSmith40@elon.edu
. Matthew Antonio Bosch MBosch3@elon.edu
Socially, we've hosted gatherings including Happy Hours, pre-Holiday Party socials, plus an August Welcome Back Gathering for new & returning LGBTQIA faculty and staff. We also meet up at Lavender Graduation every May. We've done everything from a "Pin the Tail on Olaf" game (from the movie "Frozen") to meeting up at local Pride Festivals including Alamance Pride, Greensboro Pride, & NC Pride to walk in the parades.
Professionally, we engage with our Senior Administrators on emerging and ongoing topics related to LGBTQIA faculty and staff on campus. We created a very useful "How To Report Bias Incidents" flyer to help publicize Elon's new protocol, and we have also hosted several educational brown bags on topics including Trans Identities, Marriage Equality, & Benefits. We have created a new LGBTQIA Mentor/Mentee Program, pairing faculty & staff with LGBTQIA students, to help them navigate their time at Elon.