One of my main responsibilities as the Graduate Apprentice in the GLC is to advise the Gender & Sexuality Living and Learning Community. My co-advisor and I oversee 11 first and second-year students living in one of the residence halls on campus. The Gender & Sexuality Living Learning Community is a community that is open to any student wishing to explore topics around gender identity and sexual orientation as continuums.
This Living Learning Community connects closely with Elon’s newly established Gender & LGBTQIA Center, full of resources devoted to students’ academic, personal, and social development. Academically, the LLC will closely connect with the work of the Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) program.
Students explore linkages across personal lived experiences & theoretical concepts of gender and sexuality. Students will increase their knowledge and awareness of particular topics from evolving language terms to bias incidents to current events. There will be opportunities to attend campus-wide speakers on topics, including feminism, masculinity, and sexual identities. A feature of the learning community will be small-group reflection with fellow students.
Working on creating a syllabus, planning events, and helping students get the most they can out of their LLC has been a challenge at times, but has helped me grow as a professional and expand my knowledge base. My co-advisor and I are always seeking to create a better experience for
I included these promotional materials because I think they highlight how the Gender and LGBTQIA Center strives to put on a variety of events that will appeal to many students. We understand that some students have less time, more commitments, or are not focused on going to huge group events, so we try to cater to those students with different levels of events and social engagement. We try to meet students where they are and bring the events to them to get the most student engagement. Also, we try to hold events like GLC Family Dinners that help students build relationships with each other as well as faculty and staff. Our Queer Peer Mentor program helps connect LGBTQIA identify students to each other to create mentor/mentee relationships.