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Carleton College’s Gender and Sexuality Useful resource Heart is situated in Room 427 on the fourth flooring of the College Heart constructing. The Heart is presently run by two employees: Gabbie Cruz, the Programming Coordinator, and Rory Hart, the Administrative Coordinator. I had the pleasure of talking with Gabbie concerning the GSRC, and the programming and companies college students would possibly count on to see within the winter semester!
Gabbie Cruz is in her third yr of Childhood and Youth Research, with minors in Psychology and English. Should you guessed that they get pleasure from lengthy walks on the seashore, canines, D&D, and enjoyable earrings, you’ll be eerily right.
“I acquired a haircut particularly to point out off my earrings extra,” Gabbie shares (witty). Of their place as Programming Coordinators on the GSRC, they participate in a big number of duties.
Primarily, their work consists of considering of latest occasion concepts, coordinating outreach on social media, and different miscellaneous duties shared with the Administrative Coordinator, equivalent to creating social media graphics. They get pleasure from bringing their enthusiasm and sex-positive perspective to the welcoming and pleasant setting of the GSRC. Why is that this place particular?
“I simply actually like working intently with my neighborhood; I’m queer and trans myself,” Gabbie explains.
They acknowledge that community-based work might be difficult and requires sure boundaries with one’s private life; nonetheless, this doesn’t by any stretch negate the rewards. “While you do neighborhood work, particularly a neighborhood you are part of, it turns into very significant,” they smile.
Now, what programming and assets are sometimes provided on the Gender and Sexuality Useful resource Centre? They are often summarized in two elements: assets and assist/neighborhood work. Inside assets on the Heart embody instructional pamphlets (on PrEP and PEP, HIV Prevention, and many others.), occasions geared in the direction of training (equivalent to Queer 101 workshops), the Queer and Trans Library choice, and a clothes swap.
As for the second part, the GSRC not solely focuses on facilitating connections inside the queer neighborhood of Carleton, but in addition the broader queer neighborhood in Ottawa because the Heart is open for anybody to make use of. For one, the GSRC has a Peer Help Program the place individuals can join one-on-one with peer assist volunteers. There are additionally the extra informal and common actions held within the Centre’s house as alternatives for social bonding, equivalent to board sport nights and film nights.
Considered one of Gabbie’s favourite initiatives from the autumn semester was the queer- and trans-centric self-care packages they put collectively (with lots of time and care!). The packages contained a zine with melancholy cooking recipes, a zine with queer writing prompts, or directions for a DIY physique scrub, GSRC brand stickers, affirmation playing cards, and extra.
For a have a look at programming within the winter semester, Gabbie affords some potential plans with out spoiling too many particular particulars. One vital time for programming this semester might be Black Historical past Month.
Gabbie locations significance on utilizing an intersectional lens relating to the queer neighborhood and racialized communities; they hope to attach with different service facilities at Carleton and collaborate with them to boost the intersectional strategy of their work.
Gabbie additionally hopes to host some form of arts showcase this semester to spotlight the “skills and contributions which are inside our neighborhood,” whether or not this is perhaps a web based showcase, a bodily gallery, and even an open mic evening. Moreover, Gabbie discusses some preliminary analysis to create a gender-affirming gear program (to offer binders, as an example), which can turn into actualized in some unspecified time in the future this semester or sooner or later.
Then, as at all times, there are nonetheless the smaller ongoing socials equivalent to board sport nights and coloring nights within the Centre’s house. “Develop With Us” is one other enjoyable program the GSRC has run previously and will proceed once more this semester. With “Develop With Us,” the GSRC provides out plant-growing kits so that individuals can discover ways to develop vegetation collectively — simply all-around “candy wholesomeness,” in Gabbie’s personal phrases.
With all there may be to stay up for, be sure you go and take a look at among the enjoyable, instructional, and/or useful occasions and assets the GSRC Coordinators have arrange for the winter semester! For well timed updates about upcoming occasions and companies, give @cusagsrc a observe on Instagram! Picture descriptions are at all times offered for the graphics of their posts.