What is a VolunQueer?
VolunQueers are students (grad and undergrad) who work with the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity throughout the academic year to:
- foster a climate of respect, understanding, appreciation, and equity for diverse genders, sexualities, cultures, and histories
- encourage critical thinking about gender and sexuality at the intersections of other identities
- provide support and leadership development for students who identify as LGBTQ+
- ensure an open and affirming learning environment, free of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of gender- and sex-based bias and discrimination
- collaborate with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) to provide educational, social, and cultural opportunities that address the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, dis/ability, and religious identifications
What are the opportunities associated with being a VolunQueer?
In this role you will:
- Be at the center of all LGBTQ+ programming on campus--learning logistics and meeting the people who are creating culture on campus
- Have the opportunity to attend special dinners and meetings with scholars, performers, and other invited guests
- Be given priority seating for sold out LGBTQ+ events (note: you still need to reserve your seat).
- Receive a VolunQueer T-shirt!
- Skip the line at Wednesdays with the O when you are wearing your shirt
- Serve on educational panels and programs to discuss topics related to gender and sexuality
- Could potentially gain facilitation and leadership development skills through participation in various programs and panels
- Have the opportunity to become an OGSD Ambassador!
What are the responsibilities of being a VolunQueer?
- Be Friendly. As a representative of Tulane's LGBTQ+ community, you are expected to be welcoming, friendly, and on the lookout for folks who may need connection. It will be important that you are approachable and never cliquish when you are volunteering at an event.
- Stay Informed and Spread the Word. Every Monday you are expected to read the weekly OGSD newsletter, to stay informed about LGBTQ+ events on campus and help spread the word about events via social media, texts and email.
- Help Out. 3 times each semester you are expected to volunteer at an OGSD sponsored program. This may include assisting with Wednesdays with the O, breaking down or setting up an event, tabling, putting out posters for an event, cleaning the Mosaic Lounge, etc. You will be expected to sign up for these events within the first two weeks of the semester.
- Educate Yourself. In your first year of being a VolunQueer, you are expected to attend 2 workshops. One workshop will be focused on race, class, privilege, microaggressions, or religious difference (through the CEA program or OMA). And the other workshop will be either the Transgender 101 or LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop, which are offered through the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, or the Bystander Intervention Workshop through The Well.
- Be community-centered. This means that you acknowledge that you’ll be a part of a community. It is our hope that VolunQueers recognize the importance of community building and eventually serve as liaisons between different communities on campus. You may be able to work on programs that connect The Well to OGSD, or Housing & Residence Life to OGSD. Be community-centered so we can establish community amongst ourselves and foster a sense of community in the larger Tulane body.
How do I sign up?
When you are ready to become a VolunQueer, you will schedule a meeting with a member of the OGSD staff to go over the position. Your position will be for 2 full semesters. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!