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University of Alaska Fairbanks comes together to support LGBTQ+ community

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 5:22 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Ally Week is all this week until Friday the 24th, 2021 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), which is hosting this event at the Moore, Bartlett, and Scarland buildings on campus.

This event includes tabling in the MBS building, hosting a SafeZone training session in the Hess Rec, as well as a Rainbow Disco dance on Friday the last day of the event.

Jo Malbert Narvaez, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at UAF said,” Ally Week is an annual celebration where we seek to inform and educate the general community about how we can be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community. A part of becoming allies is taking an active role on educating ourselves and learning about issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community, and also how we can we then take the burden off and support and advocate in different spaces in our community.”

Suicide is high in Alaska, especially for LGBTQ+ youth. With this event and support from the community, Narvaez says we can help lower these numbers. “By us really encouraging and educating ourselves how to make our community a more safe and welcoming space for all of our youth, then we are helping to mitigate the impacts of suicide. We also give students and other community members a sense of belonging and a sense of community at times in their lives especially here at the University, at a time in their lives which is so important to build those connections, not only for their own personal wellbeing but for their personal growth as well.”

This event goes until Friday, September the 24th. It started on Monday with tabling and events.

On Thursday there will be a SafeZone training session open to the public at the Wood Center at 3 p.m. Then Friday at the Hess Rec, they are having a trans one-on-one resource event at the MBS Complex, ending in a Rainbow Disco for people to come together for the cause and just have fun.

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