Friday, December 17, 2010
Right about at this exact time, finals week is coming to a close on our campus. My day was filled with many last-minute meetings with students, planning with faculty members for future collaborations, and with a delightful visit from an alumna who is about to embark upon an exciting graduate program in student affairs in higher education. (This post is for everyone, but I thought it was particularly timely for her). The last papers and exams have been written, students (and their suitcases) could be seen across the quads and parking lots, and there is joy, relief, and anticipation in the air. Many members of our campus community are about to settle in for holiday celebrations, and a welcome winter break. But news never sleeps, and neither do possibilities. At the very close of the last semester, Out for Good spread the news of a new professional group - a group of out LGBTQ college and university presidents. It seems fitting that at the close of this semester, the group has created a video. I encourage you to watch it, and to think of the possibilities.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Last spring, I blogged about a new directive from President Obama to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop policies for hospitals to allow LGBT people some of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to heterosexual people and their families - for instance visitation rights. Just a few weeks ago, the policies were announced, and they will go into effect next month. Read the new policies, which require all hospitals that receive federal funding to allow patients to designate who may visit them. It also prohibits discrimination in visitation based on several factors including sexual orientation and gender identity. Allowing our loved ones to visit us while ill is good medicine, and it's good news!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to raise awareness and remember those we have lost. During the last decade, there have also been stunning advances in treatment and prevention, including news just last week about remarkable rates of effectiveness of a specific one-pill per day oral pre-exposure prophylaxis.
As we commemorate World AIDS Day, please consider learning more about ways AIDS impacts us both at home and as global citizens. www.aids.gov/is a great place to start. Or, check out what Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams, Jennifer Hudson, and others will be doing to observe the day.
A new report released by UNAIDS this month included these findings:
- An estimated 33 million people live with HIV worldwide
- About half of new HIV infections occur in young people
- Half of all people living with HIV are women.
- Deaths from AIDS have declined worldwide, yet HIV is still the leading cause of death worldwide. 1.8 million people died of AIDS this year.
Learn even more about ways we are impacted in the U.S. and around the world. Join the Center for Health Promotion, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier AIDS Program for a World AIDS Day event at 6 pm in IC Square, Campus Center, immediately followed by the annual Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series screening in commemoration of World AIDS Day at 7 pm in Textor 103.