The Rainbow Educators (REs) are a group of students, staff, alumni/ae and faculty who create and present workshops at the University of San Diego. In the past, workshops have been offered to residence halls, athletic teams, staff and faculty groups, Greek organizations and student clubs. The workshops are interactive, dynamic and fun; they include films, role plays, visualizations, Q&A and personal stories.
The purpose of the Rainbow Educator program is to build awareness, educate, and engage the USD community around identities such as sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, and class, while promoting inclusion and visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community. Rainbow Educatorsare committed to holding themselves and others accountable for working against all forms of oppression.
The Rainbow Educator Program of the University of San Diego (USD) began in September 1999 as part of the Rainbow Visibility Grant. Funded by the Irvine Foundation through USD's Cultural Competencies Project Team, Rainbow Visibility was a comprehensive plan to raise the collective awareness of the university community to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and history.
After two years of receiving funding from the Irvine Foundation and Cultural Competencies Project Team, in the 2001-2002 academic year, the program was institutionalized and funded through the Student Affairs Division and housed within the Office of Student Affairs at USD.
In accordance with its mission statement, the Rainbow Educators Program at USD supports the principles of Catholic Social Thought (CST). To read more about these principles visit the USD CST website.
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