ENC seeks ambassadors

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) is on the prowl for a new brand of organizers — post-secondary student ambassadors.

Those selected will lead the fight for equality across the state in supporting the organization’s initiatives to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians.

ENC Ambassadors will represent a statewide grassroots student leadership program that aims to put boots on the ground and help foster a new generation of fair-minded leaders — not simply to educate and mobilize supporters around LGBT rights, issues and legislation, but to strengthen the LGBT communities across the state — one campus at a time.

Student ambassadors will become ENC’s pro-equality voice in their respective campus communities, embarking on online and outreach campaigns that mirror those happening on the statewide level.

In return, our program provides students with unique opportunities to learn about timely LGBT issues, develop career-building leadership and organizing skills and connect with the organizations and activists behind the pro-equality movement.

For more information or to apply, email Jen Jones at Jen@equalitync.org with the subject header “I’m Your Student Ambassador for [insert college or university name].”

Safe campuses announced

CHARLOTTE — College campuses across the nation are gearing up to welcome students. To make sure students are aware of which colleges and universities are inclusive, Campus Pride announced it’s Climate Index 2011 is ready for review.

Nearly 300 reports are available online at campusclimateindex.org, taking an in-depth look at LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. Colleges are rated from one to five stars, depending on their answers to a detailed, voluntary questionnaire submitted to Campus Pride, the national, Charlotte-based non-profit working to create safer, more LGBT-inclusive colleges and build future LGBT and ally leaders. Launched online in Fall 2007, the index has become a staple in student and faculty research, campus organizing efforts and benchmarking for LGBT student safety and inclusion on campus. Answers provided by students, faculty and staff are used as assessment tools for the report.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director, encourages more Carolinas schools to learn how to use the features of the index to report on their LGBT climate and become listed. Currently, only Appalachian State University (Boone), Brevard College (Brevard), East Carolina University (Greenville), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and University of South Carolina at Columbia are listed.

For more information, visit campuspride.org.

Lainey Millen

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