BU Holds Tenth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

<p>BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania hosted the Tenth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in November.</p>

<p>This year’s conference brought in over 250 attendees from 39 different institutions, ten BU sponsored vendors and featured the highest number of presentations to date – primarily by students.</p>

<p>The three-day conference themed Reunion: Return, Reconnect, Respond focused around social justice and included several new features for the LGBTQA community to enjoy including counseling resources, rooms for advisors, free STD testing and team building activities.</p>

<p>In addition to the new features highlighted at this year’s conference, art exhibitions, games nights, plays, workshops, speakers and icebreaker activities were available to attendees.</p>

<p>Keynote speaker, Dr. Raechel Tiffe, scholar-activist, teacher and co-host of the weekly podcast Feminist Killjoys, invited the LGBTQA community to join her in “thinking through how our past --rich with the narratives of resistance--might help guide and inform how we show up as social justice educators, researchers, activists, and organizers” during the formal banquet held Saturday night.</p>

<p>Participants wrapped up the weekend attending a town hall meeting on Sunday to share their thoughts and opinions regarding their experience in the LGBTQA community in an open forum moderated by BU’s Conference Committee.</p>

<p>The successful weekend was regarded as “the best LGBTQA conference to date.” Participants would like to thank BU’s Conference Committee for their hard work making this event such a great experience for everyone involved.</p>

<p><em>Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.</em></p>