UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D. presented the 2013 Scholarship Award to this year's recipient, Stephanie G. Perry, at our third annual scholarship reception. During his remarks, Dr. Watts spoke emphatically on the importance of diversity and equal treatment for all to the success of UAB.
Ms. Perry, a graduate student and employee at UAB, spoke of some of the challenges of being LGBT and of her own decision-making process about how to handle coming out in the workplace.
This event was co-sponsored by the UAB Safe Zone Program, which has very graciously offered to provide refreshments.
The Alliance for LGBT Equality is deeply grateful to Dr. Watts, to the UAB Safe Zone Program, to the UAB Development Office, and to Student Accounting, each of whom played a role in helping to make this event possible.
A collaborative effort between members of The Alliance, members of the Gay/Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) at UAB, and UAB administrators, has resulted in a newly revised "Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy." This policy includes protections for "gender identity or gender expression" and prohibits discriminatory harassment.
UAB's ongoing commitment to its LGBT community, was underscored by Dr. Garrison in the following YouTube video.
Additional changes at UAB are either completed or are in the works. These include:
The specifics of these changes can be found in Vice President for Equity and Diversity Dr. Louis Dale's letter, dated November 1, 2011.
The Alliance is an employee-resource group at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB Health System, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) community. Membership is open to all. . . more
UAB freshman Jared Allen Bash and senior Bri Nicole Bruce honored as the Alliance's Inaugural Scholarship recipient. . .(more)
Topic: The healthcare needs of members of the LGBT community and of UAB's evolving sensitivity and responsiveness to meeting those needs. There was also some discussion of the workplace climate for UAB's LGBT health care providers. This event was organized by the UASOM MedPride. Several Alliance members served on the panel.
For information about the presenters and links to their presentations. (more)