Bekki Davis

LGBTQIA Experience                                                                                                                     
LGBTQIA issues and advocacy have been a focus area for me since my teen years when I was a co-founder of my high school’s  Gay Straight Alliance. I strive to create a safe space for individuals of all identities in my personal and professional life. I identify as both a member and an ally to the LGBTQIA Community.

LGBT Center                                                                       September 2010- May 2011   
Graduate Assistant- Montclair State University
During my time working for the Office of Equity and Diversity at Montclair, I was also
involved working with the LGBT Center. There I :

  •  Provided counseling and education for coming out issues, relationship issues,
     professional and leadership developm
    ent, and ally building
  • Co-facilitated a weekly conversation group Q 17 - a group for LGBTQ students and allies to discuss critical issues in their personal lives and current events
  • Served as a committee member for the 10th and 11th annual GLBTQ Leadership Conference held at New Jersey City University (2010) and Montclair State University (2011)   

Fun Fact:
The LGBT Center at Montclair is the first LGBT Center in a

public institute in the state of New Jersey

Equality March - Washington DC - 2010

GLBT Center                                                                                              September 2004-June 2006     
Program Assistant - University of Rhode Island
As a Program Assistant my duties included staffing center for drop in hours and peer counseling, outreach to students, and designing promotional materials for the GLBT Center and for the Welcome Project program.

The Welcome Project was designed by a committee I was a part of to replace the "Safe Zone" idea. We designed the Welcome Project to combat homophobia and transphobia and, most importantly affirm the dignity of all members of the URI Community.

                                                Welcome Project brochure I designed

In 2006 I was heavily involved with programs that lead to URI's recognition by the Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students as being in the Top 100  Gay-Friendly Schools . My duties included:
  • Advertising and hosting our annual film series
  • Coordinating off campus outings for students
  • Assisting with "Gay? Fine by me." project
  • Assisting with the logistical planning and implementation of the 2004, 2005, and 2006
    Annual Week Long LGBTQQIA Symposium