Upstate shows support for LGBT community on campus

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Kelly Bunch and Alvin Roberts from Upstate's Division of Student Affairs help students sign a pledge of commitment to diversity and inclusion. The signup was held in conjunction with National Coming Out Month and National Coming Out Day, which is today.

Upstate’s Division of Student Affairs is asking the Upstate community to show its support for diversity by signing a pledge and wearing a rainbow sticker today to mark National Coming Out Day.

Student Affairs collected about 200 pledge cards signed by students, faculty and staff who affirmed that they support and advocate equality for all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, ethnicity or socio-economic status.

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This sticker may be a common sight on campus today, as the Upstate community shows its support of diversity and inclusion.

Stickers featuring the Upstate logo on top of a rainbow backdrop were given to those whose signed the pledge.

“This pledge is a symbol of Upstate’s commitment to not only diversity, but to fostering an inclusive and safe environment for all members of the Upstate community; particularly the LGBTQ community on our campus,” said Brandon Mathieu, Campus Activities Associate.

“Great strides have been made towards equality in recent months, and this is our way of acknowledging and celebrating those strides — and the many more that will be made,” Mathieu added.

Student Affairs also encourages the campus community to wear purple next Thursday, Oct. 17, in honor of National Spirit Day. Wearing purple will help bring awareness to the issue of bullying and hate crimes directed towards members of the LGBT community and their allies.

Additional stickers and pledge cards are available in the Student Affairs office in 0217 Weiskotten.

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