IPFW to host LGBTQ+ health conference

| February 3, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The Resource Center of IPFW is scheduled to host the first Queer Health on Campus Conference, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in Walb Union on the IPFW campus. The two day conference is designed to explore the physical, mental and emotional needs and challenges of LGBTQ+ students on campuses.

The Feb. 7 agenda includes:

• Opening remarks for the conference by Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management George McClellan.

• Keynote speake Dr. Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University. Mary Ann Watson, PhD and Layton Seth Curl, Ph.D from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, presenting their new film, “Transgenderism: Being Me” and

• William Buffie, M.D., of the Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants who will present “Queer Health 2014: At The Intersection of Politics, Religion and Science”

• Breakout sessions in the afternoon before Dr. Buffie’s presentation.

Also on Feb. 7, there will be a Health Fair with free health screenings available from 7 a.m. until 1p.m. and a reception, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Walb Ballroom with entertainment by the IPFW Theater Department:  “Be Happy, Be Snappy, Be Gay.”

The Feb. 8 program is scheduled to feature workshops on HIV Mental Health, Safe Zone Trainings on college campuses, suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community, and a presentation by Fair Talk Indiana on “Empowerment Through Social Action.”

Cost of the conference is $25 for students; $124 for all others.

This conference is approved for CEUs by the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. CEUs are included in the conference fee.  Lunch is included both days.

To register, please contact the Division of Continuing Studies at (260) 481-6790 or (260) 481-6619;  there will also be on-site registration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 6 and beginning at 7 a.m., Feb. 7.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Hotel Fort Wayne. Call (260) 484-0411. Or for limited accommodations at IPFW student housing, contact Jordyn Newman at (260) 481-0190.  Please mention “Queer Health on Campus” conference.

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