Queer Resource Alliance

Mission: The Queer Resource Alliance aims to create an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for community members of all orientations and gender identities by providing leadership, education, and advocacy related to challenges and issues faced by Regis LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and students.

Charge: It is our belief that people thrive in a learning and working environment characterized by the Jesuit traditions of mutual respect and the pursuit of justice. Consistent with the Jesuit faith-inspired commitment to build an inclusive community that values the dignity and contributions of all of our members, the Queer Resource Alliance aims to:

  • Affirm the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and students at Regis University;
  • Work toward a holistic, intersectional understanding of LGBTQIA+ communities at Regis as they relate to race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, ability, socioeconomic status, and culture;
  • Provide a space for discussion of LGBTQIA+ issues at Regis University;
  • Help faculty, staff, and administration across Regis University understand sexual orientation, gender identity, and diversity inclusivity through educational programming and outreach;
  • Advocate for an environment of safety, equity, and respect for Regis community members of all orientations and gender identities;
  • Evaluate ongoing efforts by assessing the effectiveness, impact, and outcomes of QRA activities.

If you have questions about the QRA, please contact:

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
Student Center 211
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
303.964.5301
diverse@regis.edu

Brave Space Description

The Brave Space training is a 3-hour workshop modeled after the Safe Zone programs common at colleges across the country. Our training curriculum was developed by Regis faculty, staff, and students to meet the needs of our particular community and to incorporate our Jesuit ideals of cura personalis and care for the marginalized and oppressed. The training includes self-reflection and self-exploration, terminology practice, empathy-building, and case scenario role-playing. At the end of the training, participants receive a rainbow triangle that they can put on their office door to signal that they have completed the training.

Jesuit Mission

Regis University has a faith-inspired commitment to build an inclusive community that values the dignity and contributions of all our members. In this community, human differences thrive in a learning environment characterized by the Jesuit traditions of mutual respect and the pursuit of justice. Age, gender, race/ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and other human differences contribute to the richness and vitality of our living community. As a Jesuit Catholic institution, we are committed to finding God in all things and in each other. Consistent with the Catholic emphasis on the dignity of the human person, we are standing against discrimination and for compassion, acceptance, and respect of all marginalized people. This program grows out of our faith commitment to our LDBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff and their experiences at Regis University.

To Schedule a Training or Join a Current Training Please Contact:

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
Student Center 211
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
303.964.5301
diverse@regis.edu

Brave Space Ally

Members are expected to pledge/aspire towards the following:

  • I hereby have permission to be imperfect when I encounter someone whose sexual orientation or gender identity/expression is different from my own. It is okay that I do not know everything about LGBTQIA+ people. It is also OK if, at times, my lack of knowledge about LGBTQIA+ people shows. I know that no one is an “expert” on LGBTQIA+ issues.
  • I have permission to ask questions that might appear naïve. And I have permission to struggle with these issues and to be honest in my self-exploration.
  • I am, however, committed to educating myself and others about prejudice, discrimination, oppression, heterosexism, transphobia, and homophobia and combating these prejudices in others. I will continue to monitor and assess my own attitudes, actions, and possible biases.
  • I am committed to treating everyone, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age, religion, SES status, physical or mental abilities, gender identity, and sexual orientation, with the equality, dignity, and respect they are entitled to as human beings.
  • I am committed to working toward providing a support network for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • I will be supportive, inclusive, and affirming of LGBTQIA+ people and their identity in my language, my social interactions, and my professional roles.
  • I will respect the privacy of individuals who contact me in my role as a Brave Space ally, and will not share information they provide without their permission. I recognize that there are limits to confidentiality. It would not be appropriate to maintain confidentiality if a person shares that they intend to physically harm themselves or another person, for example:
  • I will make referrals when I feel overwhelmed, or am unable to assist someone who contacts me in my role as a Brave Space Ally
  • I will contact QRA with any questions or needs I might have.
  • I will display my Brave Space Ally placard in a visible place.

Resources

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
Stephanie Colunga Montoya, Associate Director, scolungamontoya@regis.edu

Title IX and Equal Opportunity
Michelle Spradling, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator, mspradling@regis.edu

Queer Student Alliance
Student Affinity Group

University Ministry, umin@regis.edu

Training Guides

Queer Inclusivity from Day One

What is Brave Space?

Resources

Campus

Regis University's Northwest Denver campus features all-gender restrooms. See below for exact locations:

Carroll Hall: 3rd floor
Claver: 2nd floor
Coors Life Direction Center: Fitness Center (including shower)
Dayton Memorial Library: one on 1st floor; two on 4th floor
Main Hall: two each on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
Student Center: 1st floor, 2nd floor

Local

ONE Colorado
www.one-colorado.org
Dedicated to advancing equality for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.

GLBT Community Center of Colorado
http://glbtcolorado.org
Gives voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination.

Colorado Health Network
http://www.coloradoaidsproject.org/
Serves nearly 4,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and those at risk, as well as other program specific populations.

Gender Identity Center of Colorado
https://giccolorado.org/
Provides support for all gender identities and expressions through direct services and social change utilizing empowerment, identity affirmation, outreach, education, advocacy, creating safe spaces, and a sense of community.

Survivors Organizing for Liberation
http://coavp.org/
Dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence within and against LGBTQ communities in Colorado.

It Takes a Village
http://www.ittakesavillagecolorado.org/about.htm
Reducing health and social disparities among people of color in the Colorado metropolitan area. 

Hey Denver: Free, safe, and confidential STI and HIV testing
http://heydenver.org/
Provides free sexual health services and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Free and confidential STI testing is available six days a week.

International

Amnesty International
https://www.amnestyusa.org/
A global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.

OutRight
https://www.outrightinternational.org/
Advances human rights and opportunities for LGBTIQ people around the world by developing critical partnerships at global, regional, and national levels to build capacity, document violations, advocate for inclusion and equality, and hold leaders accountable for protecting the rights of all LGBTIQ people.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association
http://ilga.org/
The world federation of national and local organisations dedicated to achieving equal rights for LGBTI people.

Movement Advancement Project
http://www.lgbtmap.org/
Provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for LGBT people.

Activism and Advocacy

American Civil Liberties Union
https://www.aclu.org/
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network
http://www.asexuality.org/
Hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as an archive of resources on asexuality. Strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

Family Equality Council
http://www.familyequality.org/
Connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are LGBTQ in this country and their six million children.

GLAAD
http://www.glaad.org/
Rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

Human Rights Campaign
http://www.hrc.org/
The largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization...working to achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans.

Intersex Society of North America
http://www.isna.org/
Devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

Lambda Legal
http://www.lambdalegal.org/
Achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Black Justice Coalition
http://nbjc.org/
Dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma.



Suicide Prevention

Trevor Project
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line
http://www.crisistextline.org/
Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Advice and Support

Everyone Is Gay
http://everyoneisgay.com/
Works to improve the lives of LGBTQIA youth using a three-pronged approach: providing honest advice to these youth while keeping them laughing; talking to students in an effort to create caring, compassionate school environments; and working with families & educators of LGBTQIA kids to help foster an ongoing dialogue and deeper understanding.

GLBT National Help Center
http://www.glbthotline.org/
Provides vital peer support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

It Gets Better
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
Works to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

My Kid Is Gay
http://mykidisgay.com/
A first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their LGBTQIA children.



Religion

GALIP (God’s Agape Love Put Into Practice)
https://www.gaychurch.org/
Dedicated to bringing the reconciling message of God’s love and reconciliation to the GLBT community. Website includes a directory of queer-friendly churches. 

Gay Christian Network
http://gaychristian.net
An international network of Christians working for fully inclusive Christian community and a world where all people are treated as the beloved children of God.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network
https://www.lgbtran.org/
Preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of LGBT religious movements around the world.

New Ways Ministry
http://www.newwaysministry.org/
A gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for LGBT Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.



Teaching

Campus Pride
https://www.campuspride.org/
Developing necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

GLSEN
https://www.glsen.org/
Creating safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

GSA Network
https://gsanetwork.org/
Empowers and trains queer, trans, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

OutEducator
http://www.outteacher.org/
A website to help LGBT teachers be the role models they needed when they were younger.

Point Foundation: The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
https://pointfoundation.org/

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
https://www.splcenter.org/teaching-tolerance
Combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. Produces an array of anti-bias resources including classroom documentaries, lesson plans and curricula, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and more.

Bias reporting:
If you feel you've witnessed or experienced a biased incident or macroaggression at Regis University, you may anonymously report it via our bias incident report form.

Sexual Misconduct:
https://www.regis.edu/About-Regis-University/University-Offices-and-Services/Campus-Safety/Title-IX/Reporting.aspx