FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A two-day national health conference in Fort Wayne is specifically focusing on the physical, mental, and environmental health needs and challenges that LGBTQ students face on a daily basis. "Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students" will take place at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in Walb Union, Room 116 on Feb. 7–8, 2014. To register online click here.
The health conference will feature keynote speaker Jane Clementi, founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and mother of Tyler Clementi. The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive, and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches, and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth, and their allies. In 2010, Tyler's death was one of many suicides amongst LGBT youth reflecting a growing and desperate need to focus on the issue of bullying in schools and its victims.
The story of Tyler's death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. Moreover, the story linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyber-bullying. Read more about the TCF and Jane Clementi here.
On Friday, February 7, there will be a Health Fair with free health screenings available to the public from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The conference also features sessions on transgenderism and HIV, a performance by the IPFW Student Theatre Organization, six prestigious keynote speakers, and more.
Hotel accommodations are available for the duration of the conference. The Hotel Fort Wayne has a block of rooms available for attendees. Reservations may be made at the hotel website or by calling 260-484-0411.
Registrations for this event may be made online. The registration fee for students is $15; non-student fee is $75 through February 4, $124 thereafter. For registration assistance, call 260-481-6619 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. On-site registration will be available.
This program is sponsored by The Resource Center at IPFW, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Office of Research, Engagement,a nd Sponsored Programs (RESP), IPFW Center for Healthy Living, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Military and Student Affairs. IPFW is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPFW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For more information contact Jeannie DiClementi, associate professor of psychology, 260-481-6397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.