Students meet for LGBT Intercollegiate Network of Kentucky

LGBTQ students from across the state recently visited U of L for a one-day leadership development conference to discuss leadership strategies, learn about leadership styles, and formulate a formal way for LGBTQ student leaders from across Kentucky can stay in touch with one another and work towards statewide inclusion and equity for LGBTQ students on campus. The LGBTQ Intercollegiate Network in Kentucky (or LGBTQ IN-KY) was hosted by the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville on November 2.This event was created in response to students who attended Come Together Kentucky (CTK) in the spring and asked for more opportunities to network and learn from others who are doing similar work across the state.Designed to complement CTK and build momentum, the conference will focus on bringing together student leaders and their advisors for a day of training and dialogue.

A number of schools were represented, including: Transylvania University, Georgetown University, Northern Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. Students spent the day learning about a number of individual topics like suicide warning signs, how best to communicate in their leadership positions, and comparing resources while strategizing on how to make those resources available to one another.

U of L Student Ben Vivona said: “I am really glad I attended. My favorite session was the one where we talked about each schools successes, needs and challenges. This discussion let us know where we are in the work we are trying to do at the different schools, and how we can support one another with our upcoming plans and goals.”