Fall 2020 Student FAQ
Welcome to Colorado State University but also welcome to the Pride Resource Center community. As we navigate the novelty of Fall 2020 we hope the following questions and answers provide a glimpse into how Pride is functioning and can best support you during the Fall 2020 semester.
Pride will be operating in a hybrid format this fall and in close partnership with El Centro. This collective, reduced-hours format will limit exposure for our staff, students, and community, while still holding the need some students have for physically accessing the space and our resources. When one center is open, they will provide support and access to resources for folks who typically visit the other center.
- El Centro and Pride will be virtually open Monday-Friday 8AM- 5PM.
- The centers will have limited in-person staffing for specific needs:
- One on one advising
- Resource Support (period products, condoms, referrals etc.)
- Crisis Support
- Accessing Gender Affirming Garments
- Limited printing/computer capabilities
- Brief tours of the center (new students)
- Both centers are adhering to social distancing protocols and will not have access to the following services: hang out space, extended computer usage, homework, gaming, student organization meetings, naps, eating.
Yes, Pride will have limited physical operating hours during the week. Hours are as follows:
In-Person Drop in Hours
- Monday – El Centro, 9 – 12 pm
- Tuesday – Pride, 9 – 12 pm
- Wednesday – Pride, 9 – 12 pm
- We are open to making changes to this schedule based on recommendations from the state, county, and university level – and the needs/availability of our students and staff. Similar to the state and county level, this is our first phase, and we hope that as restrictions are lessened at the state/county level and cases go down, we will be able to open our centers for more access.
While we’re sad that in-person events like the Queer-B-Q and Retreat can’t happen this year, we’re excited to try some new forms of community building. We will be hosting “Queer-ientation” (virtual open houses) at the beginning of the year and focusing on helping students find virtual groups that they can keep coming back to, such as Queer Connections, affinity groups, support groups, and student orgs. We will still be hosting virtual keynotes, workshops, and programming for LGBTQ+History Month in October, and for Trans Awareness Week in November. Like the spring, we will be utilizing our newsletter and social media accounts to continue reaching out, educating, and connecting folks. We are committed to continue offering as many services as we would when open normally, such as access to gender-affirming garments, period products, sexual health products, educational materials, resources, etc. All educational programming, such as Safe Zone and Visible Voices, will continue virtually. Professional staff will maintain office hours and student staff will support other forms of communication, such as answering emails, webchats, etc.
Queer-ientation is a virtual program taking place on Friday, August 21st from 3-4 pm during RamWelcome and another session will be happening on Tuesday, August 25th from 4-5 pm. This program is designed to connect you to the many virtual resources offered by the Pride Resource Center and have your questions answered by returning LGBTQ+ students regarding the ins and outs of the CSU experience.
Session 1: Friday, August 21st 3-4 pm
Session 2: Tuesday, August 25th 4-5 pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the Zoom links or accommodation requests
Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 we will be postponing the Queer-B-Q and Pride Community Retreat until Fall 2021. Stay tuned for other exciting community-building opportunities this upcoming Fall.
CSU provides a wide array of student organizations dedicated to different LGBTQ+ identities ranging from Queer Women Engaging in an Encompassing Nexus (QWEEN) to COLORS, student org designated for Queer people of color.
Save the dates for August 31-September 11 for Queer Connections Week. During this time frame students will be able to engage with new student organizations and connect with different “meet ups” based on a wide array of identities represented at Pride.
Currently, Multicultural Counseling Drop-In Hours are reserved for students who identify as people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and/or have a disability. Students will meet with Adam-Jon Aparicio (Licensed Professional Counselor) who serves as the Coordinator for Diversity and Outreach Services within Counseling Services, works closely as a liaison with Student Diversity Programs and Services, and serves as a primary contact for our undocumented student population via Dreamer’s United.
Students can come to Counseling Services and tell the front desk staff “I’d like to schedule a drop-in appointment with Adam-Jon.” Or “I’d like to schedule a multicultural counseling drop-in appointment.” Alternatively, they can schedule directly with Adam-Jon at email@example.com or 970-491-7494 . These appointments can be scheduled same-day or in advance.
All students can access the general drop-in hours offered at Counseling Services: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, and Tuesdays between 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Learn more about what to expect at Counseling Services. Students in need of mental health crisis intervention can also call Counseling Services at 970-491-6053 during open hours, or the 970-491-7111 in the evenings or on weekends.
The Pride Resource Center and Women and Gender Advocacy Center have free gender affirming garments, such as chest binders, bra inserts, and compression undergarments, available for those who may have financial or other barriers from acquiring these items. If on campus feel free to access this resource during the Pride/ El Centro open drop in hours.For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Don’t rush yourself. You may feel pressure to tell everyone at once. It’s ok if you start slow and tell people as you feel comfortable. You do not owe coming out to anyone.
- Establish a support network. Identify a group of friends, family members, or mentors who you talk to and who will check in on you as you navigate this process. Having just one person who you can be your authentic self with can make a world of difference; you don’t have to go it alone.
- Practice. Think about how you may tell folks. Some people may write down what they want to say, look up tips online, or practice with a friend or mentor first.
- It doesn’t need to be perfect. There is no one right way to come out. Do it how it feels natural and good for you.
- Are there any potential impacts on your housing, safety, access to food, or financial situation? These can be good questions to talk through with a friend or mentor so you are prepared and can access resources as needed.
Northern Colorado and the Denver Metro area offer a diverse array of services and programs dedicated to LGBTQ+ populations whether that is seeking support, resources, or community. We’ve compiled a list of local and national resources serving LGBTQ+ identities.