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LGBTQ @ Teachers College
QueerTC is the LGBTQ Student Organization at Teachers College, Columbia University that friendly include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer members of the community, as well as allies, dedicated to create opportunities for the LGBTQ population at TC, to collaborate, communicate and be visible. We have currently over 138 members that are part of our meetings and receive a monthly newsletter, even though all our events are open to all the Columbia University community.
In the past year, we have created and developed several events and collaborations such as Spirit Day, in October, where we stand against bullying to the LGBTQ youth with the whole nation, as we became the first Graduate School in the country to be officially registered with GLAAD as a supporter of the date. In the same month, we celebrated National Coming Out Day with a forum discussion in collaboration with all the LGBTQ Student Organizations from the Columbia community (SIPA, Business School, CUCM and more) that was a safe and welcoming space to speak and communicate freely on the matter. We also collaborated with the TC Student Senate on two events part of the "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About…" series, developing two separate panels, one for the LGB people and one for the Trans community experience, trying to offer more information and human experiences to every student and member of TC. We also hold Q-llage, our annual festival/conference that since 2016 was renamed “QueerWeek" and focus on the multiple intersectionalities and identities that surround the multicultural LGBTQ experience here in the US and around the world. With a whole week and over 8 events, we bring speakers from across the country and the world to have a space to discuss Trans representation in the media, Queer Latinx experiences through film, Kiki / Ball culture in NYC, LGBTQ policies in Higher Education, among other topics.
QueerTC also walked the NYC Pride March for the first time in June 2016, along with the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Leadership Institute conference, hosted by Teachers College & The Manhattan School of Music, and front lined Teachers College very own first team marching this past June 25th, 2017.
QueerTC members meet annually in the first weeks of the fall sememster to elect their Leadership Board. The current Executive Board is led by Elizabeth Huffaker, Sarah Meholick and Alexander Wojcik, with Dr. Noah Drezner of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program in the Oranization and Leadership Department as their Faculty Advisor.