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Message from Your President

Welcome back!

We are so excited to start a new year— and, with any luck, one that we can all get through with fewer interruptions!

Our campus community has a lot of great stuff right out of the gate! On Wednesday, Aug. 31, SAFE will host their traditional Back-to-School Ice Cream Social. The very next day, Sept. 1, will see both the Center’s Open House, from 3-5 p.m. and our first all-member meeting for the year, at 1884 at the Edmond Railyard (23 W 1st St.), with our business meeting from 4-5 p.m. followed by a social hour from 5-6 p.m. I’m including, here, both a flyer for SAFE’s event and the Center’s new Rainbow Bulletin newsletter–which I would definitely encourage our members to sign up for!

I have also attached a flyer for next Tuesday’s “Touching History” event, hosted the Center, from 6:00-7:30 pm. The Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center will host a panel about LGBTQIA+ archives, as well as feature a Zine-making station after the panel. Audience members will interact with queer archives and learn about preservation.

At our all-member meeting this Thursday, I’ll be sharing some notes on some new campus partnerships, information about changes in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and insights from the regents’ LGBTQ2S+ Convening. We are already heavily into planning for the return of our Equity Gala in October (see below for some details). We also have a quick member vote on a nickname for the FSA, which you can access at go.uco.edu/fsanickname, and I encourage everyone to check out our re-vamped website (blogs.uco.edu/2slgbtqiafsa/), courtesy of communication officer Scott Hale.

Remember that the end of this month will see the seventh annual International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, here on our campus. We’ll share the program with our October newsletter, but registration closes this week: www.centralconnection.org/IGSS

I’ll wrap this newsletter up with a welcome to our new treasurer, Kara Stone! Kara is getting thrown right into the thick of things as we plan for October’s Equity Gala, and she is already stepping up and stepping in for us in a big way.

I’ll look forward to seeing many of you at our all-member meeting this week.

My very best to you all,


Rebecca Quoss-Moore, Ph.D.
2SLGBTQIA+ FSA President


New Treasurer: Kara Stone

Kara StoneKara Stone joins us as our new treasurer—just in time to get hit with the treasurer’s busiest work season, managing our donations and expenses for the Equity Gala.

Kara is a visiting professor in the UCO Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in exercise science and nutrition at North Dakota State University where she was treasurer for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified strength and conditioning specialist and an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She has developed and led several research projects examining ergogenic aids, nutrition and exercise countermeasures for disuse and the health of occupational athletes since 2013. Kara is thrilled to be in Oklahoma where her impact can reach the communities that raised her.


Equity Gala: Oct. 29

On Oct. 29, we’ll be returning to the beautiful UCO Boathouse for an Upside Down/Stranger Things themed evening. Bring your fiercest 80s outfit, your best monster vibes, or your most innovative 80s monster looks. I’ll have more information for everyone about ticket sales and our entertainment in the October newsletter—and we’ll be sending out some special e-mail blasts about this event.

Please reach out to Rebecca if you or someone you know has any kind of local business that might be interested in donating for our silent auction! Members can really help us by reaching out to these kinds of contacts; the silent auction often raises the most funds for us in any given year.


Officer Elections: Summer 2023

While most of our officers will be eligible for re-election next year for the 2023-2025 term, I do want to make sure all of our members are thinking about those upcoming elections. Dr. Lindsey Churchill, our current president-elect, will become the FSA president in July 2023. We will have open elections in June for our new president-elect (who serves as a kind of vice president for two years), for treasurer, and for both communication officer positions. Be thinking about whether this kind of service could be a good fit for you—and feel free to talk to us about our work!


Upcoming Events

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
hosted by Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE)

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7–8:30 p.m.
Will Rogers Room, NUC 421

Queerness in Nature: Challenging Heteronormativity and Moving Beyond the Binary Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m.
via Zoom

Open House at The Center
Thursday, Sept. 1, 3–5 p.m.
Thatcher Hall Lobby

2SLGBTQIA+ Faculty Staff Association All-Member Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 1, 4–6 p.m.
1884 at the Railyard, 23 W. 1st St., Edmond

Touching History: An Introduction to LBGTQ+ Archives in Oklahoma
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6–8 p.m.
Thatcher Hall Lobby

Supporting BGLTQ+ Students: An Interactive Panel
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Contact lchurchill@uco.edu for further information

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Information Session
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6–8 p.m.
Thatcher Hall Lobby

7th Annual International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference
Thursday, Sept. 29–Saturday, Oct. 1
Nigh University Center

Please reach out to Rebecca or Brendan with any events you’d like to see included in the October newsletter!


2SLGBTQIA+ Officers

Rebecca Quoss-Moore, President, rquossmoore@uco.edu
Lindsey Churchill, President-Elect, lchurchill@uco.edu
Kara Stone, Treasurer, kstone7@uco.edu
Scott Hale, Communication Officer, shale12@uco.edu
Brendan Maxwell, Communication Officer, bmaxwell2@uco.edu

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April Update

Message from Your President

We’ve almost closed out another academic year, friends!

We have quite a lot on this month, including some rescheduled events and plenty of organizational news.

First, I want to draw everyone’s attention to the fast-approaching Dreamer Gala, hosted by UCO’s LFSA, which will be held tomorrow, April 7. You can still buy individual tickets, here: https://www.centralconnection.org/dreamer. This should be a great evening! If you can’t make it to the event, please consider showing your support for our students by contributing to the fundraising effort, here: https://give.uco.edu/project/31146

Next, then, the Center’s Queer Art Show and spring fundraising efforts are re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 13. This event will be held in Thatcher Hall from 6–8 p.m., and this will be a great opportunity to come together in community with our students while, perhaps, also finding a piece that could add some joy to your space. Many thanks to the community members who have helped Dr. Churchill and the student team plan and organize that event.

As we also had to re-schedule with our students in the success initiative, these events will still be back-to-back! All members are invited to join the 2SLGBTQ+ Success Initiative Students for their Thursday, April 14 Family Circle, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. I’ll send a reminder and information about how and where we’ll be meeting them early that week!

To close out the month and the semester, on Thursday, April 21, we’ll have our final all-member meeting for the semester, at 4 p.m. We’re going to try 1884 at the Railyard (23 W 1st Street, in Edmond), for this meeting, to return to the business hour (4-5 p.m.)/ social hour (5-6 p.m.) model that we had tried out last fall. I welcome feedback on how these models are and aren’t working for people—I know that we’ve had good attendance at our Zoom meetings, but I also hear a lot from members who are hungry for more in-person community. For those who want to join via Zoom for the business portion, here is the Zoom link: https://uco.zoom.us/j/91741009385?pwd=L0FIK2ZQRTJiUzRwT29PRWFPUkJuQT09

One definite item for that meeting’s agenda: we are, once more, down an officer and in need of volunteers and nominations. Our treasurer, Sarah Moore, will be relocating to Kansas City with her family this coming summer. I want to express my gratitude to Sarah for her contributions, throughout this year, as an officer and a colleague. If you would be interested in the treasurer position or know of a good candidate, please let me know! Some experience in working with the Foundation may be helpful in this position.

I also recognize that a great deal is happening, all around us, much of which we’ll need to discuss at our upcoming all-member meeting. Ahead of that meeting, I want you all to know that we have drafted a statement addressing the recent events at OCU, which I will be asking counsel to review; I also want to express my support for all of our community members in light of the heartbreaking recent steps taken by our state legislature. We are a resilient community, but this has been a hard spring. I am holding all of you in my thoughts, and I hope we all have a chance to seek some respite, rest, and rejuvenation as we go into the sometimes-quieter summer months.

We’ll be on a bit of hiatus as we head into summer, but we’ll be sure to touch base with any major events, plans for our Pride presence, and welcome-back news and events heading into the next academic year.

My very best to you all,

Rebecca Quoss-Moore Signature
Rebecca Quoss-Moore, 2SLGBTQIA+ President


Upcoming Events

Dreamer Gala
6 p.m. Thursday, April 7
Cantera Event Center
1 SE 59th St Suite E, Oklahoma City
Tickets at https://www.centralconnection.org/dreamer

Queer Art Show
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
Thatcher Hall

2SLGBTQ+ Family Circle with the FSA
5 p.m. Thursday, April 14
*details to follow

All-Member Meeting
4 p.m. Thursday, April 21
1884 at the Railyard; business meeting on Zoom at https://uco.zoom.us/j/91741009385?pwd=L0FIK2ZQRTJiUzRwT29PRWFPUkJuQT09


Member Spotlight: Shelby Stockholder
Member Spotlight: Shelby Stockholder

Our featured member for April is Shelby Stockholder. Shelby has worked in the financial aid and scholarship office for seven years. As part of his duties, he coordinates scholarship payments for the more than 2000 Oklahoma’s Promise Students enrolled at UCO. He previously lived in San Francisco, Calif. and he enjoys concerts, music festivals, art museums and general adventures.

What’s something about you that few people know?
I feel a strong responsibility with civic duty, so I try to be engaged with the community and volunteer for worthy causes – such as the Alternative Spring Break program at UCO. I was Staff Advisor for three Alternative Spring Break trips which focused on Environmental Stewardship, which is an issue which concerns me greatly. The Alternative Spring Break program is the coolest and most meaningful thing I have done during my time at UCO.

What spot do you wish more members of our community knew about?
Urban Agrarian is a local grocer located at 1 E. Main Street in Edmond. They feature local-made products like honey, chicken enchiladas and cookies. I like supporting local businesses, so I would suggest visiting their shop in downtown Edmond for lunch one day, or shopping on their website at urbanagrarian.com.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
Oklahoma’s Promise Day at the Capitol is April 20, 2022. Students, faculty and staff from institutions across the state will meet with Legislators to advocate for funding for Higher Education. Legislators say that it does make an impression when their constituents attend meetings and contact them with messages. I am currently working with UCO Public Affairs to coordinate plans with UCO students and staff to attend. Feel free to contact me if you are interested! 405-974-2637.


2SLGBTQUIA+ Officers

Rebecca Quoss-Moore, President, rquossmoore@uco.edu
Lindsey Churchill, President-Elect, lchurchill@uco.edu
Sarah Moore, Treasurer, smoore53@uco.edu 
Scott Hale, Communication Officer, shale12@uco.edu
Brendan Maxwell, Communication Officer, bmaxwell2@uco.edu

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March Update

Message from Your President

Merriest of Marches to you, friends and colleagues,

We’ve very nearly made it to spring break, and we all know how fast these last few weeks will fly!
Our organization has a fairly quiet month, but we will wrap March up with our second opportunity to join the 2SLGBTQ+ Success Initiatives students for their Family Circle meeting at 5 p.m. March 31 via Zoom. I’ll be sending a reminder about this event, with a Zoom link, sometime after the break. We had a really wonderful experience when we met with them in January, and I encourage all interested members to join us and the SI students that evening.

I also want to go ahead and get a few April dates on everyone’s calendars. First, the Center’s Queer Art Show and spring fundraising efforts are scheduled for April 6; I’m re-sending notes, below, on an invitation help Dr. Churchill and the Center with that event. The very next day, April 7, will be the Dream Without Limits Gala–an opportunity for us to support our students and our partners in the LFSA. Later that month, on April 21, we’ll have our final all-member meeting for the semester, at 4 p.m. We’ll have more details about that meeting in our April newsletter.

Throughout this month, keep an eye on Centralities and campus social media outlets for the Center’s Women’s History Month collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct and the Title IX office. They’ll be running a series of educational features and spotlights on YWCA advocates.

I’ll wrap this newsletter up with a welcome to our new communication officer, Brendan Maxwell!  I am enormously grateful to our communication officers, who are particularly key to keeping us running during the disruptions of pandemics, ice storms and other interruptions to face-to-face operations. My thanks to Brendan for agreeing to serve in this capacity!

I’ll look forward to seeing a bit more of everyone after the break and into April! If you have events for that April newsletter, please remember to send information to me by end-of-day March 25.

My very best to you all,


Rebecca Quoss-Moore, 2SLGBTQIA+ President


New Communication Officer: Brendan Maxwell

Photo of Brendan Maxwell Brendan Maxwell joins us as our new communication officer, handling our newsletter, member profiles and other communication needs.

Brendan is a graphic design coordinator with the UCO College of Liberal Arts. They have received recognitions from the Oklahoma City Addy Awards and the Oklahoma Collegiate Public Relations Association. They studied graphic design and strategic communications at the University of Central Oklahoma. Brendan recently returned to their alma mater after previously serving the College of Fine Arts and Design as a graphic design coordinator for five years.


Request for Committee Members to Assist with Center Fundraisers

In lieu of the “Change for Change” event (the Center’s usual fundraiser, which can’t be planned under current circumstances), the Center will be hosting a fundraiser alongside the Queer Art Show on April 6. Dr. Churchill could really use a support committee for the planning, here; members of our FSA can reach out to her directly (lchurchill@uco.edu) to volunteer for that committee or offer other support.


Upcoming Events

Queerness in Nature: Challenging Heteronormativity and Moving Beyond the Binary
2 p.m. Friday, March 25
via Zoom*

2SLGBTQ+ Family Circle with the FSA
5 p.m. Thursday, March 31
via Zoom*

*Zoom information for both events will be sent out following Spring Break.


Member Spotlight

We’re excited about this new feature, but of course we wanted to give our new communication officer a little time to get their bearings before trying to fit a profile in–so we’ll pick our member spotlight back up in April! If you’d welcome being profiled (or there’s someone you particularly want us to ask!), please e-mail Rebecca or Brendan!


2SLGBTQUIA+ Officers

Rebecca Quoss-Moore, President, rquossmoore@uco.edu
Lindsey Churchill, President-Elect, lchurchill@uco.edu
Sarah Moore, Treasurer, smoore53@uco.edu 
Scott Hale, Communication Officer, shale12@uco.edu
Brendan Maxwell, Communication Officer, bmaxwell2@uco.edu

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