The Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education is a chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and is aimed at leading higher education toward inclusive excellence through institutional change as well as supporting our membership of professionals through support and community.
Beloved TADOHE Friends & Community,
The horrific events that transpired at Club Q in Colorado Springs this weekend are a devastating blow to the sense of safety, security, and freedom that every person needs and deserves. And yet these very human rights that should serve to affirm our natural right to exist have been violated, deeply injuring our beloved queer community. Like the hateful violence that robbed us of 49 lives at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fl on June 12, 2016, the shooting at Club Q has once again shaken the LGBTQIA+ community- disrupting the stasis needed for a sense of equilibrium in an uncertain world, where our very identities are under attack.
Our hearts are broken and spirits wounded for the victims and their loved ones. The trauma that the survivors are likely experiencing is unimaginable and yet, our thoughts are with them, hoping to hold them up in the midst of their despair.
Still, this hate-fueled violence will never rob us of our sense of strong community. We come together in times of tragedy and we lift up one another not only with meaningful words but with actions that insist on protection for our most vulnerable and marginalized. TADOHE vehemently condemns hate and violence of any kind, and we decry any words, acts, persons, or policies targeting any of our community members and their identities.
We will take the time needed to grieve, and we will eventually heal. We will heal with the support of one another, knowing that none of us are alone and that our fight against violence matters. Our fight for the right to exist freely continues and even in our heartache, our hearts beat- strong and unified by the spirit of survival and with the strength of those who’ve since transitioned but gifted us with their powerful existence in life. Please take care of yourselves and one another. We are in this together.
Should you need any support, please access help at the following resources:
LGBTQ crisis hotlines
The Trevor Project
Providing confidential support for LGBTQ youth in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1-866-488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7/365.
Confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7. Access through a computer.
Text START to 678-678. Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7/365. Standard messaging rates may apply.
SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline
Talk and be heard at the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline. Connects LGBT older people with friendly responders. For LGBT elders and caretakers.
1-877-360-LGBT (5428) Confidential support and crisis response, available 24/7.
A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Confidential, 24/7 crisis support.
1-877-565-8860 (United States)
Non-LGBTQ-specific crisis hotlines
1-800-273-TALK (8255). Available 24/7.
Text TALK to 741-741. Available 24/7.
LGBTQ support services
Information from Mental Health America (MHA) on how to find LGBTQ friendly therapy.
An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.
Yours in Community and Service,
Skyller Walkes, Ph.D., M.S.J.J., M.A., B.A.
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Bias
The Columbia Climate School, Columbia University
TADOHE President's Letter
ADVANCING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Together, we can make a difference! Your support is important to our work and our work is important to your campus community. Here's how you can get involved with advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education:
BECOME A TADOHE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER
TADOHE's most valuable resource is our membership. Individual membership has its benefits and is just $75, with a 50% discount for NADOHE members. Your individual membership gives you access to our TADOHE Connections network of contact information for diversity professionals throughout the State of Texas, our Members-only Portal of diversity-related job opportunities in addition to all of TADOHE's professional development opportunities. Your individual membership goes with you wherever you go. So if you move to a new city or are in pursuit of new professional opportunities, your membership goes with you. Click here for more information about membership types and prices.
BECOME A TADOHE INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP
We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for all members of the Higher Education Community to actively get involved. Institutional Membership is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work of the Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. When your campus becomes a member of TADOHE, we support your institution with a number of outstanding benefits such as free registration for all state meetings, organization training, workshops, and professional development (i.e. Title IX, legal & legislative updates, best practices for diversity and inclusive excellence, crisis management, etc.). In addition, your campus members are given a discounted rate for our summer conference. As an added benefit, your campus can request our on-site diversity and inclusion training & development workshop for upper-level administrators at no cost.
JOIN A COMMITTEE
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer your time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to contribute while enhancing your professional skills and portfolio. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause of diversity and inclusive excellence, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Click here for more information TADOHE's sub-committees .
MAKE A DONATION
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you. Every contribution will go towards making Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education an even better Professional Organization than it already is. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.