National Coming Out Day: UTEP seeks inclusion with Ally Week


Glenda Avalos

National Coming Out Day group photo at the Liberal Arts Lawn on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Glenda Avalos, Multimedia Editor

The Student Engagement and Leadership Center (SELC) celebrated National Coming Out Day outside the Union East Building Friday, Oct. 10 with a photobooth and giveaways. Seeking to reach out to the LGBTQ community and spread awareness in the community, the event was the first of many that will take place around campus to encourage inclusion next week.  

Ally Week will begin Oct. 14 and will end Oct. 17. The schedule will be as follows:  

Hear our Voices: Narrative of Military-Affiliated Students 

1-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at Union Building East, Cactus Flower 102C 

Led by: Nadia MunozMilitary Students Success Center (MSSC)  

2nd Annual Queer(in)g Our Classrooms: Queer as a Second Language, a readers theater performance 

6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center  

Led by: College of Education Faculty and Students  

Ally Training  

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct.15 at Union Building East, Cactus Flower Rm. 102C 

Led by: Edgar FelixStudent Engagement and Leadership Center  

LEAD workshop: Reclaiming your Space 

1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 at  Union Building East, Cactus Flower Rm. 102C  

Led by: Katherina Arteaga, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo  

A Guide to being a Straight Ally  

 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Union Building East, Cactus Flower 102C 

Led by: Grace PerezParentsFamilies, and Friend of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 

Quench – Know Your Rights 

4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Union Building East, Cactus Flower Rm. 102C  

Led by: Adri Perez, ACLU  

Recovery Ally Training  

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at Union Building East, Andesite Room 102B 

Led by: Bridgette Leyva, Chris Bailey, Miguel Andrade, Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and Project Vida  

Sensitivity and People-First Language Training  

1-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Union Building East, Desert Canyon Room 102D

Leb by: Manelic Alcala and Corene Seymous, Center for Accommodations and Support Services (CASS)