To celebrate the official unveiling of its new initiative, Honors Carolina PRIDE will be hosting a launch party to coincide with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. The event will take place from noon until 2 p.m. in the Graham Memorial Lounge.
“One of our core values in Honors Carolina is to build open communities for students,” Jason Clemmons, director of curriculum, recruitment and operations for Honors Carolina, said in an email. “A few months ago, I started thinking about how best to create a space that would serve our LGBTQ+ population. What could we offer that would be unique, meaningful and engaging?“
The answer came to Clemmons this summer, he said, when Honors Carolina unveiled its new Go Anywhere Platform — an online forum used to connect students with peers, alumni, career coaches and work opportunities. Using this platform, Honors Carolina hopes to create specialized groups within its program.
The newest of these groups, Honors Carolina PRIDE, will offer a mix of services ranging from small-group conversations to alumni panels and networking receptions.
“It’s a good reminder for those of us who are not a part of the LGBTQ+ community that we have so much privilege simply by identifying as heterosexual,” Savannah Newton, a junior in the Honors Carolina program, said.