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Q Splash (full event guidelines and helpful info)

Friday, April 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Uris Pool in Dodge Fitness Center

Our debut queer/trans-friendly, body-positive pool party! Columbia College students can also take their swim test. Open to all undergraduate students. 

Gender-inclusive locker rooms open: 3:30-5:30pm
Q Splash in Uris Pool: 3:45-5pm

GUIDELINES

We ask that you sign in at the door as a written statement that you agree to these guidelines:

  • Q Splash is a trans, queer, body-positive undergraduate pool party. We welcome the presence of allies. In this space, we aim to hold ourselves and others accountable to avoid demeaning, disrespectful, or hateful behavior. Please respect the various identities that people hold in this space.
  • Locker rooms leading into Uris pool are gender-inclusive during the event. More info below.
  • Wear what makes you comfortable (as much or as little as you want) and what is functional for you to swim/ move around in the pool. Genitals have to be covered. Nipples do not have to be covered.
  • We are not responsible for items left in the locker rooms, pool area, and viewing areas.
  • No pictures are allowed at Q Splash to maintain the safety and privacy of our participants.
  • Respect the space, privacy, and bodies of the people around you. Ask for consent.
  • The Safety Monitors, who are students on the Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board and members of the Multicultural Affairs staff, are here to keep you safe!  Look for the people wearing the rainbow sashes. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason or have questions or concerns, please let us know.

INFO FOR FOLKS USING THE POOL

  • About the pool
    • Uris Pool is a competition pool and is fairly deep (5.5 feet at its shallowest point). Please be careful, especially if you do not know how to swim.
    • Lifeguards will be on-site.
    • Two lanes will be designated for the swim test while the rest of the pool will be open for recreation.
  • Swimwear: Wear what makes you comfortable (as much or as little as you want) and what is functional for you to swim/ move around in the pool. Genitals have to be covered. Nipples do not have to be covered.
  • Pool caps: Uris Pool guidelines require pool caps if hair is shoulder length or longer. We will have a limited number of pool caps available that participants can use for free.
  • Showering: Uris Pool guidelines require members to shower before using the pool.
  • Menstrual products: Tampons will be available in the lockers rooms.
  • Floatation devices: Pool floats/ inflatables as well as floatation devices will be available.

ABOUT THE SWIM TEST

  • Reserve your swim test spot during Q Splash [sign-up forthcoming]
  • CC students are required to fulfill a swimming requirement before graduation.
  • The test consists of swimming three laps of the pool (75 yards) without resting, using any stroke or combination of strokes.
  • Swimwear cover ups such as t-shirts are allowed.
  • Waivers/ accommodations may also be requested. More info here.
  • You don’t need to sign up for the swim test in order to come to QSPLASH!

GENDER-INCLUSIVE LOCKER ROOMS

  • Located on the 1st Floor of Dodge Fitness Center leading into Uris Pool
  • During 3:30-5:30 p.m. on April 26, these locker rooms will be gender-inclusive, meaning participants of all genders are welcome to use either of the locker rooms.
  • Safety Monitors, who are students on the Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board and members of the Multicultural Affairs staff, will be immediately outside the entrances/exits of the locker rooms. Look for the people wearing the rainbow sashes. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason or have questions or concerns, please let us know.

For general Dodge Fitness Center and Uris Pool guidelines, see Facility Policies and Guidelines.

(Thank you to GendeRevolution for allowing us to model the language and guidelines used at their annual GenderF*ck party.)

CU Out on the Town: Lohman Museum and Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Saturday, March 30, 12:30–4:30 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall

JMeet-up time in Lerner 505: 12:45 PM
End time: 4 PM, return time: 4:30 PM

Join us at CU Out on the Town for an outing to the Leslie-Lohman Museum, a cultural hub for LGBTQ art in SoHo. After our tour of the museum, we will head over to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Fill out this form by noon on Tuesday, March 26 to confirm your spot on this trip and we will reach out to you via email with further details. Metrocards and ice cream will be provided.

Sign up here.
 

More information on Leslie-Lohman Museum: https://www.leslielohman.org/

Quench: Disability Rights

Friday, April 12, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall

Part of Quench (Queer + Lunch) Series, which is a lunch and discussion series exploring intersectional LGBTQ and ally topics.

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00–8:30 p.m., Pulitzer Hall, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that celebrates our graduating LGBTQ and allied students. First started at the University of Michigan in 1995, the ceremony is now conducted at hundreds of universities nationwide including Princeton, Duke, MIT, and NYU. The color lavender, adopted by the gay movement in the 1960s, is the main color of Sayville (Gayville), NY. Sayville is near Fire Island, where the veterans of Stonewall hung out. This history of New York is honored during the ceremony. Lavender Graduation is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life and the Lavender Grad Committee. Support is provided by Columbia Pride (alumni group), Columbia Alumni Association and GS Student Life. Register here.

LGBTQIAwards: Nominations Open

Nomination deadline is Friday, April 12, at 11:59 p.m.

The LGBTQIAwards are an opportunity to nominate and honor Columbia University and Barnard College students, faculty, staff, and alumni for their contributions to the LGBTQ community. Awards will be given at the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 -8:30 p.m. in Pulitzer Hall, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor.

Submit your nominations here.

List of All Events and Series

Quench (Queer + Lunch) Series
A lunch and discussion series exploring intersectional LGBTQ and ally topics.

CU OUT on the Town
A series of LGBTQ-, gender-, and sexuality-focused outings to events and sites around NYC.

LGBTQ Open Houses
An annual open house to learn more about LGBTQ resources and how to get involved in LGBTQ life at Columbia University.

P-Gay Slumber Party
A semesterly late-night LGBTQ+ film screening and slumber party event!  

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Mixers
Social and educational program series to build community for queer and trans people of color.

Queer Awareness Month (October)
A collaborative month of events and education between Columbia and Barnard to increase awareness about LGBTQ issues and history.

Trans Awareness Week (November)
A week-long series of events that raise awareness and educate the Columbia community about the lives and experiences of transgender and nonbinary communities.

Lavender Graduation (May)
An end-of-the-year celebration and LGBTQ leadership award ceremony for students, faculty and staff in the LGBTQ and ally community at Columbia and Barnard. Graduating students are recognized with a rainbow tassel.

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