The Queer Collegiate Summit is a symposium program specifically for LGBTQIA+ and Ally students. The focus of this program is to encourage personal and professional development in areas of involvement, community, academics, social justice, and activism. The Queer Collegiate Summit theme is on the intersectionality within the LGBTQIA+ community. The symposium includes workshops, panels, keynote speakers and student peer-to-peer engagement to facilitate growth and development.
While we encourage that you attend all the session as possible, we understand you cannot attend the entire summit. Please feel free to participate in as many session as you are able to.
|LBJ Student Center - Ballroom|
|8:30 AM||9:00 AM||Check-In & Breakfast|
|9:00 AM||9:30 AM||Welcome & Introductions|
|9:30 AM||10:00 AM||Queer Team Building|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Session I: Spirituality - Queer Love and Spirituality|
|11:00 AM||12:00 PM||Session II: Queer State of Mind - Mental Health Awareness for LGBTQIA People|
|12:00 PM||1:00 PM||Lunch & Resource Fair|
|Performances: Texas State Students|
|Performances: MoeCarro + Lady B Smoove + Chayla Cooper|
|LBJ Student Center - Teaching Theatre|
|1:30 PM||2:30 PM||Keynote Speaker: Esera Tuaolo|
|2:30 PM||3:00 PM||Closing Remarks|
Esera Tuaolo played in the NFL for 10 consecutive seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons (1998 Super Bowl contender team) and the Carolina Panthers. In 2003, Esera publicly “came out” as gay. Tuaolo had always felt forced to hide his sexuality as a gay man in the hyper-masculine culture of professional football. One of only three former NFL players to ever “come out,” he has received huge amounts of support from old teammates, the media, friends and family. Read more.
Susan Cottrell is the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQIA children. She is an international speaker, teacher, theologian and counselor with years of study and experience. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQIA community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that love—of God and others—is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years as a leader in the Evangelical church, is the Founder and President of FreedHearts, has a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Read more.
Dr. Mark Provence is a Postdoctoral Resident in Psychology at the Texas State Counseling Center. He currently serves as the Education Coordinator for Alliance and has presented Allies workshops through various campus departments, including the Office of Professional Development. Mark recently completed his dissertation on gay men’s experiences of group counseling and has co-facilitated the LGBTQIAP Empowerment and Support Group at the Counseling Center.
Dr. Heather Aidala is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services and a Supervising Psychologist at Texas State University’s Counseling Center. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology in Clinical Psychology and has worked at three different university counseling centers, being at Texas State the past 11 years. During her career she has sought out specialized training in order to provide affirming counseling to students exploring their sexual and gender identities and train Psychologists-in-training in such practices. She has done considerable outreach through Allies of Texas State and the Counseling Center in order to create safe and inclusive environments for people with marginalized identities. She served as the Executive Director of the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund, a community 501c3 nonprofit, providing scholarships to LGBTQIAP Texas State students.
MoeCarro was born and raised in Houston, TX. From the beginning, she was exposed to music ranging from gospel to jazz. At the age of 5, she discovered her ability to sing and her love for music. Throughout her teen years, she sang with several gospel groups including James Fortune and Fiya. These opportunities allowed her vocal abilities to be nurtured and mature. Although she doesn’t have the appearance of your typical R&B singer, MoeCarro’s smooth, sultry sound can captivate an audience. Read more.
Vocalist, Songwriter, Author and Activist. Having released her 2nd album titled Live Love Dream. Bringing Truth, Universal-Love, Power and Courage, and a little bit of her soul. Lady B began in 2006 while hosting and performing at The Kaffe Coffee House in Dallas, Texas. Her works have also been nominated for a Legacy of Success Foundation Award for Best Literary Works and a UBE Ally Award. Read more.
Born in Houston, Texas, Chayla Cooper, also known as Chay CEO, has been writing poetry since the age of 10. With hopes of owning her own music production company, she attended Baylor University with the intention of receiving a bachelors in Business Marketing. Realizing she should probably know how to run the technical side of the music industry, she changed her major to Film and Digital Media to gain a hands on experience. While in college she produced several local artists, including her own album that gained acclaim on campus; going by the stage name The Spicy 1 at the time. Read more.