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Making It Better: A Message of Hope From Montgomery College

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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011

Making It Better: A Message of Hope
Statement By Montgomery College
Released in Recognition of LGBT History Month
October 2011

Montgomery College seeks to create an inclusive educational environment where everyone is
supported and welcome, without regard to sexual orientation, gender expression, or any other
difference. We have long embraced the diversity of our Montgomery College community of
students, faculty, and staff. We are, in fact, stronger and richer for our differences.

At the same time, we recognize that we live in a world that is not always welcoming, safe, or
supportive to people who are different. When members of our College community are bullied, it
negatively affects each one of us. Therefore, Montgomery College does not condone bullying or
anti-gay harassment in any form. Students should never have to suffer alone; we encourage
everyone to reach out for help.

Montgomery College is committed to making our community college better for our students, our
faculty, and our staff. A dedicated group of faculty and staff have formed MCPride to promote
diversity and greater understanding. The College also offers students support through LGBT
groups on our campuses, led by faculty advisers Dr. Deborah Stearns (Rockville), Professor Sonja Fisher (Germantown), and Dr. Loraine Hutchins (Takoma Park/Silver Spring).

If you or anyone you know is experiencing bullying or harassment related to sexual orientation
and gender identity, Montgomery College offers assistance through its Counseling Offices
(www.montgomerycollege.edu/counseling) and through specially trained faculty and staff who
can provide Safe Zones for LGBT students. Look for the small rainbow signs on office doors or
contact Professor DJ McCullough at 240-567-8019 or Laura White at 240-567-4297.

Additional local and national resources can be found on the College website at:
www.montgomerycollege.edu/personalcounse­ling. More information is available at
The Trevor Project, www.thetrevorproject.org; Campus Pride, a resource for LGBT students and
allies at www.campuspride.org; and GLSEN www.glsen.org, the Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network.

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