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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
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BERKELEY COLLEGE GENDER AND SEXUALITY ALLIANCE
PROMOTES BIAS-FREE ENVIRONMENT ON CAMPUS
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More than 50 Berkeley College students, faculty and supporters walked in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2018, celebrating diversity and sending the message that “love is love.” The Berkeley College Gender and Sexuality Alliance, a club that provides a safe space for students free of bias, stigma or social exclusion, spearheaded the gathering, and looks to expand its unifying work on campus.
“When I started at Berkeley College, I hoped to be a part of something more than my classes,” said Vance Heath, a resident of Jackson Heights in Queens, NY, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration – Management at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. “This club was what I was looking for. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a safe place where people come to laugh, share experiences, and help each other heal.”
Mr. Heath, with co-founder Dalton Privitt and faculty advisor Heidi Hoefinger, PhD, launched the Gender and Sexuality Alliance earlier this year in response to a growing interest on campus following several successful events. One of these events, “Beyond the Binary: A Forum on Gender Diversity and Identities within the LGBTQIA Spectrum,” commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 2017, and featured a panel of students and Dr. Hoefinger, as well as Will Mellman, a transgender scholar from Columbia University.
“We plan to build on this momentum and to hold an all-campus Gender and Sexuality Summit next year, where students can come together in one space to meet one another, share experiences and ideas, and plan future events and campaigns,” said Dr. Hoefinger, a professor of Math and Sciences who teaches Human Sexuality at Berkeley College. The class, which aligns with club activities, fosters discussion about topics including different sexual identities, gender sensitivity and navigating relationships, among other issues.
Mr. Privitt, who serves as President of the Alliance, said the goal of the club is to build acceptance through a sense of community at Berkeley College. The Brooklyn, NY, resident added that the group’s participation in the Pride March was a way to rally and embody that spirit of community.
“All of us marching together, expressing ourselves, was elating,” he said. “We were in it together as one group from Berkeley, yet also as part of something much bigger than ourselves.”
Photo Caption: (Above) Berkeley College students, faculty and supporters walk in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2018, an activity organized by the Berkeley College Gender and Sexuality Alliance.
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