National Coming Out Day
University Housing will celebrate National Coming Out Day (NCOD) by hosting various events on the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses.
The annual awareness day on Oct. 11, is a chance to show support for individuals who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+). NCOD is observed on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and is meant to celebrate the day an LGBTQ+ person publicly shares their gender identities or sexual orientation.
University Housing supports our residential community. Inclusive Excellence is a pillar of Georgia Southern University’s strategic plan to support student success.
Statesboro Campus Events
Starting October 4 – NCOD Tabling
Tables in each clubhouse will be set up with NCOD resources & pamphlets with information, giveaways, and other items including buttons, cards and more. Students may also write their own messages of support for their LGBTQ+ peers on index cards located at these tables. All of the cards will be collected and displayed at a later date. This allows students to reflect creatively about what they experienced during the events.
Sunday, October 4 – Trans Flag Memorial
Centennial Place Walkway
In 2018, advocates tracked at least 26 deaths of at least transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence (hrc.org). The goal of our Transgender Flag Memorial is to bring awareness and visibility to the lives lost to transphobia and transphobic violence in the United States.
Thursday, October 8 – Information Session Night
Available to all Georgia Southern Students on each campus
- Session 1 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Session 2 – 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Session 3 – 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
University Housing staff will host Zoom panel discussions about NCOD and other LGBTQ+ issues. Students, faculty and staff throughout the university are welcome to participate. During this program, we will provide students with a link and QR code to download Zoom backgrounds that display their pronouns.
Session topics include:
- Session 1 – LGBTQ flags & National Coming Out Day history
- Session 2 – Panel discussion on the act of coming out
- Session 3 – Open discussion on the NCOD event, plus identifying resources for students
Zoom Meeting ID: 91010620600
Armstrong Campus Events
Identity Gallery Walk
Leading up to NCOD, University Housing will provide communication to Armstrong Campus residents focused on creating conversation about identity, LGBTQ+ definitions and terms, famous individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, current struggles and resources available to them. Students are encouraged to create their own identity flags and share with others. This event is a partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The Georgia Southern University Counseling Center has two locations:
Building 435 on Forest Drive
7000 Compass Point Annex
All students are reminded that the Counseling Center maintains 24/7 crisis access. Students can call during business hours and request to be transferred to the crisis counselor, or when the center is closed, can call 912-478-5541 and select option 2 from the voicemail menu. In addition, students can access the free Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 for either crisis assistance or assistance with locating a mental health resource in their area.
For more information, please contact ResidentialEducation@georgiasouthern.edu.