The LGBTQ Wellness program contributes to a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming campus community for all campus community members with marginalized gender identities, gender expressions and/or sexual orientations. The LGBTQ Wellness program guides its work based on the following three core areas:
- Improving and supporting a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus climate for the LGBTQ community
- Increasing LGBTQ cultural competency
- Supporting and promoting the wellbeing of the LGBTQ community
- Safe Zone Network
- Ally Pledge
- LGBTQ Resources and Support
- Training and Workshops
- Programs and Events
LGBTQ Wellness Team Staff
Jim Bowman, LGBTQ Wellness & Special Projects Coordinator
As coordinator of the LGBTQ Wellness Program, I lead efforts to provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive and equitable campus for UB's LGBTQ community members. These efforts include managing UB's Safe Zone Network; promoting education and outreach about sexual orientation and gender identity; and helping to create policies that enhance UB's commitment to diversity and inclusion. I am energized by the opportunity to influence, witness, and cultivate the development of the next generation of social justice leaders who can and will advocate for full participation of the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities in higher education and the greater community.
Inbal Fischer, Lesbian and Bisexual Women Outreach Assistant
Hi! I am so excited to spend my last year here at UB working to build a stronger queer community on campus and advocating for a safer, happier, queerer, and more equitable living and learning environment. Last semester, I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and traveled all over Europe! In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, working out, hanging out with my friends, and cats. Please feel free to ask me anything-or just come say hello!
Afiya Grant, LGBTQ Students of Color Outreach Assistant
Here at UB, I'm a scholar of both the Daniel Acker and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. I also hold the positions of historian and Panhellenic delegate for UB's Epsilon Mu chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau national sorority. I hope to earn acceptance into a positive psychology graduate program within the year. My favorite activities include sitting shotgun on long drives, camping and hiking, thrift shopping, and cooking delicious (vegetarian) cultural dishes. My superpower is suiting up and layering for maximum warmth in cold weather; just ask me and I will teach you the ways!
Brendan Kerr, Gay and Bisexual Men Outreach Assistant
Hello! I am from Buffalo, and live on campus as a Campus Living Paraprofessional. I have a variety of interests ranging from world building to indie music to video games. I am also involved with the UB Biology club and am a lifeguard for UB. This year, I am excite to be facilitating the Queer Men's Meet Up. I'm always down to chitchat about anything, so feel free to say hi!
Garrett Perard, LGBTQ Visibility, Social Media and Marketing Assistant
Hey! If you know me already it might be because I was a resident advisor on south campus for a year and love attending on campus events. I graduated in Fall of 2014 and have returned to take courses in the pursuit of obtaining my PhD in Physics. To describe myself, I'd say I let my conviction drive me. Whether it be my studies, gaming (Team Playstation over here :D), going to the club with friends, or even talking to people on campus… I am wholeheartedly present. I look forward to a great year and seeing all of your faces! Don't be shy! Say hi.
Melanie Jamileh Prasad, LGBTQ Wellness Graduate Assistant
Hey! It's nice to internet meet you! I'm super excited to be working as the GA at Wellness this year. I went to University of Rochester for undergrad but I was born and raised in Williamsville. After I graduated I spent two years organizing in working class politics, before heading over to UB Law. Let's have a chat about law, politics, gaming, anime, and most of all creating a more inclusive LGBTQ community here at UB. I hope to see you around!
or stop in: LGBTQ Drop-in Center (inside Wellness Education Services), 114 Student Union