Workshop seeks to increase LGBT awareness in STEM fields

A workshop on Thursday night at the University of Minnesota demonstrated the importance of allies to the LGBT community. Jessica Schalz speaks about ways to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in CSE during during a workshop in Bruininks Hall on Thursday, March 8. Through a workshop Thursday at the University of Minnesota, the LGBT community attempted to counter discrimination against less recognized genders and sexualities through reiterating the role allies can play in LGBT acceptance. The workshop, called “Being an Ally,” was held at Bruininks Hall Thursday evening to discuss the importance of allies to the LGBT community, as well as ways allies can play a larger role in uplifting marginalized sexualities and genders. The hour-long event was organized primarily by Women in Science and Engineering and Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — two student groups focused on creating a more inclusive environment for LGBT students at the University. Organizers and presenters at the event said that it is often difficult for students to express their true gender identities on campus, especially for those who are not cisgender. “I actually identify as agender, where I actually don’t identify as a woman,” said Jessica Schalz, a senior studying computer […]