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Dear Editor,

In times of uncertainty, it is in our human nature to seek safety, civility and stability.

For many people in our world, uncertainty is not a phase or a passing trial. For marginalized people, the world can seldom seem like a safe or civil place.

In light of recent leaders voicing their intentions to redefine the very existence and nature of trans and non-binary individuals, Helping Everyone Regardless of Orientation and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion wishes to extend our thoughts in consolation.

We’d like to add our voices in solidarity.For those in our community who may be feeling the weight of confusion, uncertainty and isolation in these times, know that there is support for you here at Northwest Missouri State University.

At this time, H.E.R.O. and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invite allies of the trans and non-binary community to support those around you that may be affected by the current climate.

To gain more context about the LGBTQIA community, and to effectively lend your support, refer to the Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion research guide which contains the LGBTQIA resources guide located on the B.D. Owens Library’s website under Research Guides.

H.E.R.O. is a student-led LGBTQIA organization which provides a community and support for LGBTQIA students at Northwest. It is our desire that every Bearcat finds a home and community here that not only tolerates, but wholeheartedly accepts and affirms their existence.

As a member of the Northwest Missouri State University community, there are resources available to you. Listed below are resources available to all students.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Wellness Services: 660.562.1348

H.E.R.O. Email: hero@nwmissouri.edu

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 660.562.1317

University Police Department: 660.562.1254

You are not alone. You are valued. You belong here. Onward, Bearcats!

 

Sincerely,

H.E.R.O.

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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