Student org spotlight: Spectrum
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
Named after the notion that love, sexuality and gender exist on a spectrum, the student organization Spectrum was established to serve Miami’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
Spectrum welcomes all—including students, staff and faculty—regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, and its purpose is to establish an environment of equality and respect on campus and throughout Oxford. Senior co-president of Spectrum Brandon Sweeney explained that the organization provides a safe atmosphere in which people, not just students, feel comfortable to discuss who they are.
“Spectrum’s message is one of tolerance, community and education,” he said. “We try to create a safe, open place for people to socialize, learn and grow.”
The organization hosts a series of events throughout the year to promote the LGBTQ community and attract new members.
“We hold weekly meetings, have ‘Out Week’ in the fall and ‘Awareness Week’ in the spring,” he said. “We have ‘Queer Prom,’ which we just started last year and are hoping to continue to grow it, and charity drag shows.”
Some of the more popular events Spectrum hosts are the Pride Panels where members of the LGBTQ community share their experiences and offer advice and perspective to a student audience.
Spectrum convenes 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Shriver 336. All are welcome to attend.