UNC-Charlotte’s Land Acknowledgement:  “With respect to the land and people who preceded us, the  University of North Carolina  at Charlotte acknowledges that we are on colonized land traditionally belonging to the Catawba, Cheraw, Sugeree, Wateree, and Waxhaw Peoples, all of whom have stewarded this land throughout the generations. Before this land was colonized and named the city of Charlotte, it was used as a place of meeting and trade by a diverse group of Indigenous peoples, including the Catawba, Cherokee, Congaree, and Saponi. We also acknowledge that the greater Charlotte region has directly profited from the enslavement and forced labor of African people and their descendants. We recognize that knowing, acknowledging, and honoring the history of the land and the people is only the first step. We must support and listen to Indigenous and Black voices, while continuing to address the policies and practices that perpetuate oppression.” 

(from: https://diversity.charlotte.edu/about-us/land-and-people-acknowledgement


  • What tribal/indigenous lands do you inhabit?
  • How do we embody and enact land acknowledgements? 
  • In what ways is exploring sexual and gender diversity a reflection of the Land Acknowledgement? 


Accessibility/Access Statement:  Please exist in this space in ways that are most comfortable for you. You can stand up, sit down, lay down, stretch, walk around, leave the room, stim, use your electronics as needed. Feel free to speak as much or as little as you like. Understand that everyone exists in spaces in different ways, and how someone can best engage and listen might look different than how you do. Please let us know if we need to slow down or repeat any information during this discussion. 

(adapted from the Queer Futures Collective: https://www.instagram.com/queerfutures_/?hl=en)


Labor Acknowledgement:  Like most modern-day U.S. institutions, our institutions of higher education benefit from the unaddressed legacy of stolen labor at the foundation of this nation and its vast and inequitable wealth.  We respectfully acknowledge our debt to the enslaved people, primarily of African descent, whose labor and suffering built and grew the economy and infrastructure of a nation that refused to recognize their humanity.   We know that slavery’s ongoing impacts are still felt by countless people forced – through violence, threats, and coercion – to work in the U.S.  We recognize our debt to exploited workers past and present whose labor was and continues to be stolen through unjust practices.


We acknowledge our collective debt to the Indigenous peoples of this land whose labor was forced and exploited, the Chinese immigrants who built railroads that allowed for westward American development, Japanese Americans whose properties and livelihoods were taken from them while incarcerated during World War II, and migrant workers from the Philippines, Mexico, and Central and South America who have worked Pacific Northwest farms and canneries.


We recognize the immigrant and American-born workers of African, Asian, and Central and South American descent whose labor remains hidden in the shadows but still contributes to the wellbeing of our collective community.  We recognize that our economy continues to rely on the exploited labor of incarcerated people, largely people of color, who earn pennies an hour while generating billions in goods and services each year. And we know there are many other people, too numerous to mention, who are prevented from reaping the true value of their labor by unjust systems and cruel practices.  We mourn their loss of life, liberty, and opportunity.


We acknowledge that the theft of labor is the theft of generational progress. Nearly all people of color have been robbed of the opportunity and wealth that their ancestors might otherwise have passed on to them.  

(adopted from Solid Ground:  https://www.solid-ground.org/labor-acknowledgement/)  

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Community guidelines/agreements/covenants are an effective way to manage groups of people to allow maximum participation. This list is not a complete list! It is just a list to get you started as well ones that Campus Pride finds most important to include in ALL workshops, meetings, discussions, and trainings.

  • RESPECT another person’s right to have opinions and thoughts that are different from yours.
  • Take RESPONSIBILITY for your own learning.
  • Be OPEN to considering alternative thoughts, ideas, opinions and behaviors.
  • OOPs:  Say OUCH when someone’s words or actions may hurt you.  Say OOPS and, or acknowledge when you may unintentionally say something and wish you had not.  Find a time to PROCESS
  • Have an active PARTICIPATION level in the program activities and discussions. **The more you put into the program, the more you will get from the program.**
  • PASS when you so choose.
  • EDUCATION is an ongoing process. **Enlarge your knowledge about yourself and others while expanding your diversity skills.**
  • Really LISTEN to what others say; listening is more than just hearing others.
  • ASK QUESTIONS that will lead you to greater awareness!
  • Have a high SENSITIVITY level to the feelings of others.
  • Keep the highest level of CONFIDENTIALITY with private information of others.
  • W.A.I.T. “Why Am I Talking” — is for the people who over dominate the discussion and don’t let others talk and they keep saying the same things. It is important to ask the questions: “Why Am I Still Talking?” and “Have I Said What I Needed to Say? OR the flipside of W.A.I.T. — “Why Aren’t I Talking” is for the people who sit quiet and don’t say anything. It is important to ask why? Is the group not respecting them, do they not feel safe to talk, etc. The group leader should be attentive and aware, whether it is a personal choice or not.
  • One Diva One Mic = One person speaks at a time.
  • E.L.M.O. “Enough Lets Move On” is used when the group starts repeating itself over and over again and they are not moving forward to a place of consensus. A person can say ELMO to get the group moving to a different topic.
  • VEGAS STYLE — “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” Your comments and ideas are private and what you share will stay among the people in this room. No information that you share personally will be talked about beyond our experience together.
  • Share at YOUR own Level.
  • Facilitators Create an Active Parking Lot for when questions come up that will be covered at a later time in the session and, or which do not pertain to the topic at hand. Such questions may be answered later as time permits or at another time. It is not to mean that such questions are not important.
  • Be Here Now Make this workshop your job for the day. Turn off your cell phone, instant messenger, etc. Try not to leave to make phone calls or do other work-related business.
  • Use “I” Statements Each person’s learning is enhanced when we share our own experiences and speak from a personal perspective.
  • NO REPRESENTATIVES Don’t expect a person to represent all persons in their group I can only speak from my personal experiences. No one should be asked to represent or speak on behalf of an entire group.
  • Don’t assume that we are not prejudiced.  Just because I am a facilitator does not mean I have resolved all of the issues of prejudice in my life. Just because you participate in a workshop on prejudice does not mean that you are not prejudiced anymore. We will all be dealing with these issues for the rest of our lives.
  • Time and subject limitations  Since we have so much to cover in such a short amount of time, we might not be able to address all of your questions or concerns. Also, we want to acknowledge that it might be hard to end a discussion, since some people might feel uncomfortable about leaving unfinished business. However, we will do our best to bring closure to as many of the issues as possible. Furthermore, please allow me to stop you without your taking offense when we spend too much time on one subject or when we go into areas that are beyond the scope of the program.
  • Raise your hands to speak…We have to respect each other by taking turns to speak. Please raise your hand to speak as to create an open environment of exchange.
  • Have fun!  Learning and sharing should be fun. This workshop can provide an opportunity to understand and appreciate differences, and laughter and enjoyment is not only allowed, but recommended.

(from:  https://www.campuspride.org/resources/ground-rules/)








Day One: Wednesday, July 12


Kick-Off & Welcome: Participants will be working with a network of peer and national leaders to articulate the importance of queer and intersectional identity spaces in the creation of safer, more inclusive communities and to build leadership capacity within the LGBTQ community as it relates to higher education.


Focus: Welcome & Orientation, Set Expectations, General Connections/Community Building, Identity Exploration, Discuss Caucuses/Topics, Den Time, Social Activities for Engagement


10:00 a.m. to Camp Check In/Registration

3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. Camp Pride Kickoff and Welcome

Facilitators – Camp team

Welcome from Dr. Brandon L Wolfe, Chief Diversity Officer, UNCC

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


6:00 p.m. Dinner & Social Time

Location: Dining Hall


7:00 p.m. Our Story, Our Activism, Our Power

to 7:45 p.m. Shane Mendez Windmeyer, Founder & Executive Director, Campus 


  Facilitator: Shane + Staff 

Location: Cone Center,  Lucas Room


7:45 p.m. Advisor Academy Guiding Principles & Expectations 

to 8:45 p.m. Living Agenda: 

  • What is AA? 
  • Ice-breaker / get to know each other 
  • Common language 
  • Goals / questions to explore during AA 

Facilitators: delfin & Jae

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


9:00 p.m. Social Activities – choose your own adventure – options TBD

Location: Laurel Hall, UNC Charlotte


Day Two: Thursday, July 13


Focus: Building on Community Connections, Deep Dive/Exploring Identity, Discover your passion, power and privilege, Introduction of Action Planning, Grounding/History/Shared Community, Intergenerational Learning 


8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Location: Dining Hall


9:00 a.m.  Action Planning with Advisors 

to 9:50 a.m. What is happening on your campus right now

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


10:00 a.m. Educational Block: Understanding Your Identity, Power & Privilege

to 11:20 a.m. Facilitator: Jamie Washington

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


11:20 a.m. Break


11:30 a.m. Advisor debrief with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Facilitator:  Jamie Washngton

Location:  Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


12:00 p.m. Break

12:15 p.m. to Advisor Time with Dr. Jon Paul Higgins

12:50 p.m. Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


1:00 p.m. Lunch

to 1:45 p.m. Location: Dining Hall


2:00 p.m. Action Planning Open Forum

to 3:00 p.m. Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


3:00 p.m. Featured Speaker: Story Telling Session #1 – Dr Jon Paul Higgins

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


3:45 p.m. to Break

4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. to Advisor Session with Robert Goman

4:45 p.m. Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208

5:00 p.m. Interactive Activity

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room  #208


6:00 p.m. Dinner 

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


7:30 p.m. Advisor Talk Back with Jon and Robert

Location:  Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


9:00 p.m. Game Night : LGBTQ+ Trivia

Location: Laurel Hall, UNC Charlotte

Day Three: Friday, July 14


Focus:  Leadership, Activism, Resilience, Nurture Spirit/Joy, Social Justice – Skill Building, Advocacy Strategies, Tools & Resources, Action Planning


8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Location: Dining Hall

8:45 a.m. “Office hours” with speakers / staff / leaders 

Location:  TBD


10 a.m. Featured Speaker: Robert Goman 

Beyond Performative Activism/Advocacy in Corporate America

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room 


10:45 a.m. Walk to Atkinson Library 

to 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. Our History: Campus Pride Archive Visit & Tour

to 11:40 a.m.


11:40 a.m. Break/Walk Back to Cone

to 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. Advisor Educational Block: Supporting Trans students with 

Dr. Genny Beemyn 

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


1:00 p.m. to Lunch

2:00 p.m. Location:  Dining Hall


2:00 p.m. to Advisor Educational Block:  Supporting QTBIPOC communities 

3:45 p.m. Facilitators:  delfin and Jae

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


2:45 p.m. to Advisor Reflection Prompt

3:15 p.m. 


3:30 p.m. Happy Camper Snacks

Location: Cone Center, 2nd Floor Lobby


4:00 p.m. Action Planning Roundtables

Facilitators: ALL

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


5:00 p.m. Camp Pride Photo – Wear Your CP Shirt

Location:  TBD


6:00 p.m. Dinner

Location: Cone Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

7:30 p.m. Debriefing the day 

Location: Laurel Hall, UNC Charlotte


8:30 p.m. Queer-e-oke Karaoke with DJ Magic Mike

Location: Laurel Hall, UNC Charlotte


Day Four: Saturday, July 15


Focus: Leadership, Activism, Resilience, Nurture Spirit/Joy, Social Justice – Skill Building, Advocacy Strategies, Tools & Resources, Action Planning


8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Location:  Cone Center, 2nd Floor Lobby


8:45 a.m. “Office hours” with speakers / staff / leaders 

Location:  TBD


9:45 a.m. Advisor Educational Block:  deep dive into CPI – how are we 

supporting prospective and present students at our institutions?  

(salient needs around recruitment and retention)

Facilitators: Jae, delfin, and Shane

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room


11:00 a.m Action Plan Roundtable pt. 2

to 11:45 a.m Facilitator: ALL 

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room 


11:45 a.m. Peer to Peer Workshops

to 12:45 p.m. Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room 

  • Option A – Intersectionality and Unconventional Strategies in Student Organizing – Bri
  • Option B – The Power of Trans Joy – Madison
  • Option C – Exploring Gender and Sexuality Through Tabletop Role-Playing Games – Cynthia


1:00 p.m. Lunch

Location:  Dining Hall


2:00 p.m. Peer to Peer Workshops

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room  

  • Option A – Intersectionality and Unconventional Strategies in Student Organizing – Bri
  • Option B – The Power of Trans Joy – Madison
  • Option C – Exploring Gender and Sexuality Through Tabletop Role-Playing Games – Cynthia


3:30 p.m. Happy Camper Snacks

Location: Cone Center, 2nd Floor Lobby


4:00 p.m. Educational Block: Imagining Your Future – Action Plan 


Facilitators:  ALL 

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Space #208


6:00 p.m. Dinner

Location: After Hours, Cone Center 


7:30 p.m. Campus Pride Awards Reception and Graduation Ceremony

Featured Speaker: Shane Windmeyer 

Sponsored by Chartwells 

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


9:00 p.m. No Talent Required/Talent Show & Dance 

Location: AfterHours, Cone Center


Day Five: Sunday, July 16


Focus:  Sense of Belonging, Life-long Relationships, Self-Awareness, Moving Forward, Connection to Community & Campus Pride


8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Location: Dining Hall


9:15 a.m. Goodbyes & Camp Pride Evals 

Location: Cone Center, Advisor Room #208


10:00 a.m. Closing Keynote-Radical Love: Your Journey and Heart

Keynote Speaker: Rebby Kern, Director of Education Policy at Equality North Carolina

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room


10:45 a.m. Happy Camper Group Goodbye

Facilitator: Lisa Simmons-Barth

Location: Cone Center, Lucas Room 


11:30 a.m. Travel Back to Your Campus to Bring about Positive Change


Space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles 


Space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles 


Space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles 



Step 1: Find It…Think about the type of action plan you want to have!  

SOCIAL:  Social action plans are characterized by their focus on a small group or cohort. They  general can be organized by individuals or small groups and impact mostly those  involved. They tend to focus on groups as opposed to events and policies.  

Low  Medium  High
Success Ability 
Impact Level 


PROGRAMMATIC:  Programmatic Action Plans are characterized by their focus on a specific project, event,  or initiative. These can include social or educational events, rallies, protests,  awareness exercises and trainings. They rely on many person buy-in but the goal is the  success of the event.  

Low  Medium  High
Success Ability 
Impact Level 


POLICY:  Policy Action plans are the pinnacle of activism. Very challenging to develop success, a  policy action plan is characterized by its changing of the status quo.  

Low  Medium  High
Success Ability 
Impact Level 


Didn’t see your plan? Make your own – develop a name and rate what the  resource, success, and impact level would be for your plan?  


Low  Medium  High
Success Ability 
Impact level




Step 2: Assess it!  












***Make sure to think inside and outside the box!***  






CIRCLE ONE: individual group organization    



  • Contact Number:  
  • Email:  
  • Contact Address:  



funding contacts facilities  experience support volunteers  leadership access networking  

specific skills: ________________________________  







  • When Did You Make Contact:  
  • How: Email Phone In-Person  
  • What Was Achieved  
  • Any Challenges  


WHAT CAN I DO DIFFERENTLY FOR NEXT INTERACTION (either with same person/ group and/or with different person/group)  


  • Internal factors – The strengths and weaknesses internal to the organization. 
  • External factors – The opportunities and threats presented by the external  environment to the ACTION PLAN  


Step 3: Explore it!  



SPECIFIC:  Guiding questions…

  • Who is involved?  
  • What do I want to accomplish?  
  • Is there a location involved?  
  • When will it be accomplished by?  
  • What are the requirements to meet my goal?  
  • What is the purpose of my goal? 


MEASURABLE:   Guiding questions…

  • How will I know when my goal is complete?  
  • What are some ways I can assess my goals success?  


ATTAINABLE: What do I need to accomplish my goal?  




REALISTIC:  Guiding questions…

  • Is this the right time for this goal?  
  • Does it match the other efforts I have done?  
  • Am I the right person to take this on?  
  • Is this worthwhile to others?  


TIMELY:  Develop deadlines for the next 6 months 




STEP 4: Sell it!  


FRAME WORK: A picture frame hides the rough edges and pulls your attention to the  center of the image. Much like a picture frame, your argument’s frame should draw in  an audience and focus their attention on the core issues (meeting people where they  are).  


  • What is my grounding…Queer Theory, Quare Theory, Feminism, Womanism,  Mujerista, Indigenous Theory, Intersectionality, Crip Theory, Student Development, etc.  
  • What language am I using?  
  • Where is my audience’s starting point?  
  • What are my entry points?  
  • Am I using accessible language?


THE TAG: A tag is a one line statement that everyone can get behind.  


THE ELEVATOR SPEECH: The Elevator Speech should focus on three parts. 

  • Common Ground (ex: Student Safety is very important to me as I am sure it is to you) 
  • The Problem (ex: The problem is that roughly 1/3rd of our LGBT students are reporting harassment)
  • The Resolution (ex: I think by reviewing staff and public safety trainings and updating our policies to be more inclusive we could begin some valuable steps in ensuring our students safety)


Remember an elevator speech is to the point and short under 90 seconds.


What is your Elevator Speech:




Step 5: Implementation 


Conqueertulations! You have fully developed your action plan and are ready to begin  making it a reality on your campus. It won’t be easy and won’t happen overnight, but by  following these stages of implementation, you will be able to incrementally work toward  the full implementation of your action plan.  


We have divided the implementation phase into six stages. While the ultimate goal is to  complete all six steps, we want you to know that each step is an accomplishment! This  also allows for a continuation of the implementation process by those who replace you  in your organizations’ positions as you graduate or take on other roles on your campus.  


Identify Resources  (financial and learning)
  • How will you begin to spread the word about your action  plan on your campus?  
  • How will you find the funding you need to make it happen? 
Meet with and involve  stakeholders
  • Use the worksheet from Action Planning Step 2 to  brainstorm who you might want to meet with first to  discuss you action plan. Are there specific staff or student  leaders on campus who are “on the bus” who can help?  
  • This is where the elevator speech comes in—practice  pitching your action plan in a way that communicates your  goal and spikes the stakeholders’ interests 
Address obstacles and  challenges
  • Now that you’ve met with the interested parties on your  campus, what do you see as potential obstacles (who’s  going to try to block the bus’ tires)?  
  • How can you overcome these obstacles? Do you need to  wait another year for funding to become available? Do you  need to seek out other allies on campus? Do you need to  rethink your plan, to make it more manageable at your  campus or pare it down to the first few steps of the “big  picture” plan you want to eventually make happen? 

Acquire and generate  support
  • You can’t do this by yourself! Even with others in your  organization, there is always strength in numbers.  
  • Having support from students and student groups, faculty,  and staff on campus provides support and perspective  from the three most important groups of people on  campus.  
  • Identify people in each of these groups who you can reach  out to for support and advice. 
Take Action  This is where your timeline from Step 3 comes into play! 
Assess, adapt, and  repeat 
  • What’s going well?  
  • What could you change to make things go more smoothly?  • 
  • What do you need to do to keep the implementation  moving forward?  
  • Are you stuck?  

***Remember you can always reach out to your Camp  faculty member and/or Pride Leader! and/or Campus  Pride*** 


More space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles 


More space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles 


More space for notes, questions, epiphanies, and/or doodles