Peer Advocacy and Education
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LBGTQ) individuals have historically felt unsafe on college and university campuses, felt invisible on campus, or found the climate uninviting or hostile. These conditions often foil attempts to foster student development and growth, to recruit faculty and staff, and to retain the diversity of the campus community. AdvoCats is a programming team under the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion comprised of staff and students. The group's mission is to prepare students that identify with the LGBTQIA community to be responsible and affirming leaders in a global society. AdvoCats provides student-based, community-led educational outreach programs that address heterosexism and homophobia.
To find out more information about joining AdvoCats or using their resources and contacts, visit their website at https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/ProgramsResources/LGBTQIA-and-Allies/AdvoCatsPeerEd.html.
Cat Camp is an opportunity for the freshman class to learn from Texas State upperclassmen what it means to be a Bobcat in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Students attending will bond with each other and learn traditions of Texas State, leading them to increase their involvement levels as undergraduates and alumni. Counselors at Cat Camp are student leaders who care about their university and their fellow students. Visit their website at http://www.catcamp.txstate.edu/ to find out more information and how to apply.
The Hip Hop Congress uses the Hip Hop culture to inspire young people to get involved through social action, civic service and cultural creativity. Hip Hop Congress is the product of a merger of artists and students, music and community. It is significant because it provides one of few paths for highly creative and often disenfranchised youth where they can channel their energy into a strong and organized force aimed at improving their community.
Perhaps because of its inner city base, Hip Hop is often identified erroneously as a forum for gangsters, drugs, misogyny, and other negative images. The Hip Hop Congress strives to combat that stereotype by creating exposure to the positive attributes of Hip Hop. Visit their website at https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/SocialJusticeInitiatives/HipHopCongress.html to find out more about Texas State's Hip Hop Congress.
Interruptions is a multicultural antiracism peer-educator group committed to educating the Texas State community about the various ways to recognize and interrupt racism at all levels.
By creating awareness and empowering community members with the knowledge and skills to interrupt racism, they hope to create a community that respects and celebrates diversity.
For more information, visit their website at https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/SocialJusticeInitiatives/Interruptions.html.
Men Against Violence (MAV) is a peer education resource for Texas State faculty, staff, student organizations, residence halls and the surrounding communities.
MAV seeks to break the link between traditional norms of masculinity — the way men are taught to behave — and violence. It challenges young men to redefine male and female relationships in an equitable manner; to resolve conflicts effectively; to develop meaningful friendships with other men; and to appropriately manage anger and fear.
For more information about Men Against Violence, visit their website at http://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/healthycats/MAV.html.
PAWS Preview is a transition program designed to give new students at Texas State 'just in time' information that will help them be successful college students. The PAWS Preview PALs are student leaders who are primarily responsible for assisting in the coordination of new students and special events. PALs are expected to form an identity with their group and to get their group involved with the various activities that will be taking place during PAWS Preview and serve as mentors during the fall semester. Visit their website at http://www.pawspreview.txstate.edu/ for more information and how to apply to become a PAL.
Healthycats is a peer education team at Texas State whose vision is to educate students through presentations and outreach, promoting wellness, and influencing healthy attitudes and behaviors .
Healthycats is available for presentations to classes, organizations, residence halls or any other group wanting to learn more about specific health topics. .
For more information, visit their website at http://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/healthycats/Peer-Education.html.