Out in the Office is an exciting initiative brought to you for a second year by Pride Western and The Student Success Centre. This series of events is intended to provide a safe space for students to dialogue about the challenges and opportunities associated with being open about your sexual orientation and gender expression/identity in the workplace and in future educational or career pursuits. It is our sincere hope that this program allows students – not only from Western, but all of London’s educational institutions – to explore their own education and career paths and network with professionals who have found success as their authentic selves.
Purpose and Objectives of Western’s Out in the Office:
• Work with London-based industry and community partners, Western faculty, staff and students, and LGBT professionals to offer a series of events for students from Western and London’s other educational institutions
• Provide educational seminars and workshops that relate to education and career exploration
• Promote embracing one’s authentic self by providing examples of individuals who have found success
• Allow students access to a network of LGBT professionals for possible mentorship and future career contacts
• Provide high school students an opportunity to visit Western and hear from staff, students and faculty about the programs at Western that promote a safe and inclusive environment
Schedule of Events:
Monday, January 30, 2012
4:30pm – 6:30pm
David SH. Chu International Student Centre LGBT Professionals Panel and Networking Event – A Career Week event, this panel will feature LGBT professionals who are “out” in the office and will allow you to learn about their career paths. Representatives from the business, law, education, medical and nonprofit sectors will be present to share their stories and take your questions. Stay after the panel to network with the panelists and many more community members who have found success in their career paths as their authentic selves.
Registration: Registration is open on Career Central (https://careercentral.uwo.ca/) – look for the events starting with “Career Week” to find this event.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
11:30am – 4:00pm
Western Student Services Building
Room 3130 High School Transition Conference
Students interested in pursuing post-secondary school have many questions and are often seeking guidance from both staff and current students to make this very important decision. Our transition conference will focus on topics like: Residence, A Panel with current Students and Student Services Professionals and a campus-wide Amazing Race activity to provide participants more exposure to campus and the services provided.
A resource package will be provided to each participant and will include information for both Western and Fanshawe College.
Invitations will be sent to local GSA Representatives and students must register no later than Thursday March 1st. The registration form will be available shortly. Please complete and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 23, 2012
USC Council Chambers Guest Speaker – Shaun Proulx
Television and podcast host, publisher, writer and speaker leading Law of Attraction workshops, Shaun Proulx heads Shaun Proulx Media, producing uplifting, leading-edge new media with a focus on personal alignment and empowerment for his core audience of gay men and the women who love them.
Stay tuned for more details and learn more about Shaun at http://shaunproulxmedia.com/
Location TBA Educational Session About Making Western a Safe and Inclusive Environment
This educational session is designed to bring awareness about sexual orientation and gender expression/identity. Topics also covered are discrimination, inclusivity, safe spaces, and diversity. More details to follow.
Location TBA “Out in Graduate School”
This session is targeted towards current and future graduate students and Postdoctoral Scholars. Topics of discussion will include the importance of being your authentic self, discrimination, inclusivity, and diversity in the post-undergraduate world.