A Safe Space for Students Navigating Same-Sex Attractions
In Fall 2016, Student Development will launch a purposeful, community-focused program for students navigating same-sex attractions. Many students who are navigating these realities do not talk about their experiences and feel a lack of support and community.
This group, entitled Sustinere, will seek to provide a caring and supportive community where students can journey together as they learn to live authentically and lovingly with same-sex attractions, orientations and identities.
Led by staff/faculty advisors and student leaders, the group will aspire to be a safe space for students who experience enduring same-sex attractions or identify as having a same-sex sexual orientation or identity.
The program details are:
- An on-campus, monthly gathering throughout each semester.
- Staff/faculty advisors, student leaders & students as community participants.
- Safety promoted through sharing one's story: In order to promote safety within the group, a student seeking participation will meet with a student leader before being invited into the group. This process is necessary to ensure that all who attend will be respectful and supportive of the other participants within the group.
- Authentic personal sharing and relevant topic discussions: Though the main purpose of this safe space will be to listen, and to allow space for members to share their thoughts and experiences, some potential discussion-starters are listed below.
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From Latin, to "hold up, hold upright; furnish with means of support: bear, undergo, endure."
From sub "up from below" + tenere "to hold." Root of "sustain": to strengthen or support physically or mentally; to bear (the weight of an object) without breaking or falling.