The Seventh Annual LGBTQ+ College Summit will be hosted at Rose State College on Friday, February 22, 2019. The College Summit is an annual event sponsored by Freedom Oklahoma, an Oklahoma nonprofit organization which promotes legislative advocacy and social support for the LGBTQ+ community in Oklahoma. Each year, hundreds of LGBTQ+ college students and allies gather together for a day of networking, education, and advocacy. The College Summit is hosted by a different school each year to provide participants with a variety of perspectives of the college experience.
Professor Sarah Hoss, the faculty advisor for the Rose State LGBTQ+ student organization Spectrum Alliance, worked with Freedom Oklahoma for nearly a year to bring the College Summit to Rose State College. “I believe events like the College Summit are important for affirming our LGBTQ+ student body,” said Hoss. “Getting current students involved in these events creates a stronger relationship between the students and campus life, and is important to advertise the services and resources Rose State College offers.” Representatives from advocacy groups across Oklahoma are expected to attend this year’s College Summit.
“Events like Freedom Oklahoma’s College Summit are valuable for participating students on multiple levels,” said Freedom Oklahoma Board Chair Brett Baldwin. “Students will get access to great resources from non-profits and the opportunity to meet and build friendships with hundreds of other students from across the state.”
This will be the first time that Rose State College has hosted the College Summit, with previous hosts including Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College, East Central University, and most recently the University of Oklahoma.
The College Summit will be February 22, 2019, in the Rose State College Professional Training Center (PTC). The event is free and will begin at 8 am.