The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office for the Student Association of the University at Albany SUNY has been established since 1986. It has always been our responsibility to act as a liaison between the University at Albany and the outside community to bring in (and out) educational programs that shed light on the current situations that effect the LGBT Community at large. It is also our duty to provide a safe space in our office for those to discuss sensitive issues.
The purpose of the Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference is to educate, empower and provide networking for LGBT students, faculty, business and community members. The conference has been a staple of the University at Albany for over 11 years, it contributes to the campuses commitment to larger interests of society through acts of public service by fostering the ideals of social justice and knowledge. It gives attendees a safe and supportive forum to gain awareness about issues they may be unfamiliar with in the LGBT community, as well as building their capacity for activism for its practical benefits to society.
The theme of this year's conference was inspired by such publications as Campus Pride's Campus Climate Index, as well as GenderPAC's Genius Index. Thanks to such organizations, students have the opportunity to learn how LGBT friendly their surrounding campuses are before applying to or while attending college. The 2008 Northeast LGBT “Changing Campus Climate” Conference will be addressing issues such as gender neutral facilities, LGBT student/faculty relations, sexuality, finding a LGBT safe campus, multicultural issues, politics, heterosexual privilege, discrimination, working with media, campus programming, grassroots work, sorority and fraternity issues and student networking. As well as a full day of Trans-inclusion workshops relating to the college atmosphere for Transgender and gender non-conforming students.