Bear Closet is a space for LGBTQ+ students to share their personal narratives and foster community. Through class discussions and research, we will explore LGBTQ+ experiences and learn more about the community and how we can best serve them. We welcome anyone interested in sharing their queer-related stories and experiences (i.e. personal, of a friend/family member, etc.) and we will discuss intersections of queer/trans identities and labels. Rather than strictly focusing on assignments and deadlines, our two-unit DeCal prioritizes discussion, mutual respect, understanding, and community.
In light of COVID-19, we will use this space primarily as a way to cultivate community. Given current circumstances, we are unable to provide the physical safe space of a classroom for us to learn and share with one another, and we know that this space cannot be exactly replicated on Zoom. We also know that your home situations may prevent or limit your participation in our space, but we are working towards efforts to make aspects of our class asynchronous in order to be as accessible as possible and we plan on utilizing the chat function to still connect with folks who may not be able to have their mics or cameras on. Together, we will be able to connect and create a safe learning/sharing space while centering ourselves in queer and trans issues and how those intersect with race, ethnicity, gender, disability, citizenship status, religion, housing status, and countless others. We aim to break away from our conventional/colonial understandings of the gender binary and hetero-patriarchy. Through sharing our experiences with one another, we have the ability to grow and shape our understanding of our own identities and our place in society.
|Bear Closet||Hannah Herrick, Annie Chen, Tess Werhane||40||Zoom||[Th] 6:00PM-8:00PM||TBD||Open||--||--|