FAU Kicks Off 'Ally Week'

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Florida Atlantic University kicked off Ally Week on its Boca Raton campus today.

The first event of the week featured several on-campus organizations as well as local LGBT organizations including Latinos Salud, SunServe, and Compass.

"This is our first ally week," said Geanny Joseph-Ruiz, coordinator of the FAU Pride Resource Center. "I felt we needed more consistency when it comes to LGBT visibility on campus. This is a great way to show support for our students."

On Tuesday Samuel Brinton will discuss his experience as an openly gay man in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Brinton's story includes years of enduring conversion therapy.

On Wednesday is FAU Owlly Day. Students will have the opportunity to learn how different departments on campus can be allies to the FAU LGBT community.

On Thursday FAU's Davie campus will host a lavender graduation celebrating LGBT graduates of the spring 2017 semester.

Wrapping up the week on Friday will be an event for the annual Day Of Silence taking place on the Free Speech Lawn on FAU's Boca Campus.

Ally Week is an annual national week organized by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network).

For more information, visit FAU.edu/diversity and GLSEN.org/allyweek.

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