Campus Pride welcomes 120+ students, faculty and staff for the 9th annual Camp Pride & 45h annual Advisor Bootcamp on July 14, 2015. Throughout this week, Campus Pride will be sharing the camp experience through blogs and social media with the hashtags #CampPride15 and #AdvisorBootcamp.
The final days of Camp Pride were rewarding, exhausting and bittersweet. Campers participated in a tabling fair, where they were able to talk with Camp Pride faculty including Robyn Ochs, Dr. Herukhuti and Jeff Sheng. Each camper received a free copy of Ochs and Herukhuti’s book “Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men” and Sheng’s book “Fearless: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes.” The campers were also able to exchange free information about their local LGBTQ organizations and universities at the “swag exchange.”
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm, held a keynote on the “New Normal,” encouraging campers to take time to access one’s own standing before entering movements, the importance of self-education in social justice movements, and the revolutionary qualities of simply being.
— Iowa Pride Network (@IAPrideNetwork) July 18, 2015
The Camp Pride annual No Talent Talent Show proved to be a false title, as many extremely talented campers and advisors took the stage to dance, sing, perform poetry, stroll, demonstrate American Sign Language, model, lipsync and teach us how to be beautiful! The show ended with a dance party, where everyone wobbled, whipped, nae-nae’d, and cha-cha’d the night away!
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Campus Pride was proud to honor its Voice and Action Award winners as well as those who have served Camp Pride for three or more years during the Camp Pride Graduation Ceremony.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Student Leader Award was awarded to Vanessa Gonzalez of Rutgers University.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Fraternity and Sorority Award was awarded to Gracie Harrington of Wake Forest University.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Athlete Award was awarded to Lauren Neidigh of University of Arizona.
The 2015 Campus Pride Voice & Action Advisor Award was awarded to Jesse Beal of Suffolk University.
— Campus Pride (@campuspride) July 19, 2015
Those recognized for serving Camp Pride for three or more years received the coveted Campy Award. The recipients are as follows: Stephanie Laffin, Katie Banes, Romeo Jackson, Rebby Kern, J Mase III, Nick Hamblin, Grace Nichols, Justin Utley, Alison Doerfler, John Witherington, Christian Wiggins, D. Andrew Porter, Roze Brooks, and Jonathan Green.
Allison Marie Turner is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and mass communication and women’s and gender studies. She is a 2015 Summer Fellow for Campus Pride. Follow her on Twitter@amturner1993.