Supporting BPFQ Students

Greetings Faculty, Staff & Curators:

We are pleased to invite you to a special professional development opportunity being sponsored by our office to the RISD community in support of the LGBTQ community. As part of our mission, Intercultural Student Engagement is committed to providing RISD with various opportunities for education in multicultural competency and best practices in working with underrepresented student communities.

We invite you to attend a webinar by the National Association of Student Affairs Personnel Administrators (NASPA) on Monday, September 23, from 2-3:30p in MET A. Together, we will participate in the webinar and once the presentation is over, I will open the floor for any discussion or contributions/experiences that you may wish to share within the RISD context. The webinar will cover the following:

Beyond Binaries: Supporting Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer (BPFQ) Identified Students

Monday, September 23 | 2:00 – 3:30pm EST | MET A

This webinar will highlight two recent studies exploring the untold stories central to bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer (BPFQ) sexual identities at public four-year universities, as well as engage participants in the emergent themes, implications for campus climate, and recommendations for practice. Attendees can expect to:

Gain insight into nonmonosexual/BPFQ student experiences at large, public institutions.

Engage in discussion about inclusive and affirmative language for nonmonosexual/BPFQ and all LGBTQ+ students.

Engage in discussion about best practices used to support nonmonosexual/BPFQ college students.

Gain practical tools and knowledge in order to support students with nonmonosexual/BPFQ identities.

We hope that this will provide us all with an opportunity to share and reflect on our current practices/policies at RISD and how this may impact the student experience for those students who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer. Building inclusive communities for all those who wish to study and learn at RISD should always be something we strive for so that we may together, leverage the strength of our diversity for an ever more enriching educational experience for us all.

Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. To provide an adequate level of hospitality, we do ask that you RSVP by emailing (ise@risd.edu) or by calling Mr. Max Kaplan at (401.277.4957). Questions may be directed to me via phone or email.