Coffee House Group
The Coffee House group meets weekly and serves as an informal support group for students. The 90-minute session covers different topics related to the LGBT community and offers the opportunity to learn more about yourself and meet other students. Coffee and snacks will be available each week. Coffee House meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Brewster Building B-104 (the conference room next door to the LGBT Resource Office).
The LGBT Resource Office leads campus participation in nationally recognized events such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and World AIDS Day. These events play an integral role in meeting the ongoing need for education and awareness of LGBT issues on campus and in society at large, as well as raising the visibility of the Resource Office on campus.
Lavender Launch is the annual commencement celebration to support our LGBT and Ally graduates. This ceremony recognizes their leadership, achievement, and contributions to the ECU community. Held in May each year, the event is open to family, friends, and colleagues and features the Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence.
LGBT Panels provided by the Resource Office help to facilitate dialogue and create opportunities for understanding. Panelists are student volunteers who have received training for this work. Each panel consists of three to four students who are willing to share their experiences as members of the LGBT community in a respectful and supportive environment. Panels are available for classrooms, clubs and organizations, and residence halls. We prefer at least three weeks notice to arrange a panel for you.
We ask that you prepare your students for the panel presentation. Questions directed to the panel should be respectful and geared toward building a better understanding for all involved. Panelists do not come prepared to answer a set list of questions. They arrive ready to serve the needs of your course or group. The panels are most successful when the audience has put some forethought into the presentation and have some questions prepared in advance.
To request a panel discussion, please complete and submit the Request for Information
Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender in a non-judgemental, safe, educational environment. The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Trainings are offered throughout the year on Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus.
Once you have completed the training, you will receive a Safe Zone logo to display in your office. The Safe Zone program is a symbol of this University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and your participation in the Safe Zone training helps to create an ever-expanding network within the ECU community to support our students.
The Pirate Ally program is designed to complement Safe Zone training which has been offered to faculty and staff on campus for over ten years. Just as Safe Zone's purpose is to create a network of faculty and staff allies who are openly supportive of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for the LGBT community on campus, Pirate Ally will encourage ECU students to help fulfill the University's vision of a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Modeled after Safe Zone, the Pirate Ally training offers students an engaging, educational conversation about the lives of LGBT students on campus and highlights the importance of acceptance and understanding among their peers. Through this program, the LGBT Resource Office will increase the visibility of allies in the Pirate Nation!