Divinity School Diversity Committee: Sacred Flame student reflections mark National Coming Out Day 2014

Dear Members of the Divinity School Community,

In line with the Divinity School’s continued commitment to collaborative diversity, the offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, along with the Divinity School’s Diversity Committee (a sub-committee of the faculty’s Academic Policy Committee) are excited in our support of this year’s National Coming Out Day. NCOD is officially October 11.   This observance reflects ongoing conversations the Diversity Committee is having with various student groups.

Building on last year’s success in recognition of this important day, Sacred Flame is again offering a series of reflections on navigating the intersections between sexuality and our academic work, as well as how this contributes to our sense of community and collegiality here in Swift Hall.  A reflection will be distributed via email each day to students, faculty and staff the week of October 6-10.  Look for a full program of engaging activities throughout the year in which we all can participate. And like last year, stickers will be available next week on bulletin boards throughout Swift Hall for those who wish to express their solidarity either by "coming out" or identifying themselves as people who are becoming allies.

Best wishes,

Dwight Hopkins
Professor of Theology
Chair, Diversity Committee

Teresa Hord Owens
Dean of Students

Links for this year’s reflections (NB: Links will only be live after the reflections are published.)

Monday, October 6, 2014 – John Howell

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Tonks Lynch

Wednesday, October 7, 2014 – Marcella Wilkinson

Thursday, October 8, 2014 –Doug Collins

Friday, October 9, 2014 – Gail Goldsmith