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LGBTQ Resources

Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.

We have created this website to highlight some of the many LGBTQIAP resources that we have on campus.

Maryland Institute Queer Alliance (MIQA)

The Maryland Institute Queer Alliance (MIQA) provides a variety of programming, support, education, and social activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight, and questioning students at MICA. MIQA celebrates queer culture and strives to build community on campus. For more information about upcoming meetings and events, email miqamiqa@gmail.com.

Faculty and Staff Queer Alliance (FASQA)

Faculty and Staff Queer Alliance (FASQA) is comprised of MICA staff and faculty members that meet on a regular basis for event-planning, fundraising, networking, and socializing. We also serve in a mentor-capacity to the students and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at MICA; having many collaborations with MIQA, the LGBT student organization for undergraduate students. Broad goals include outreach, awareness, advocacy, and LGBTQ scholarship. 

FASQA meets on a montly basis. If you're interested in joining us for the next meeting, email us at FASQA@mica.edu to join the listserve. You'll then get information about upcoming meetings, events, etc.

FASQA Award

The FASQA Award was created by MICA's Faculty and Staff Queer Alliance (FASQA) to recognize student achievement and contributions to the LGBTQI community. While all MICA students are eligible to apply for the award, preference will be given to applicants who identify as LGBTQ. Two prizes will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year: one $500 prize will be awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and one $500 prize will be awarded to a student who demonstrates involvement with and/or commitment to the LGBTQ community and issues, regardless of financial need.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development (Meyerhoff 108) by Monday, November 10th, 2014. Click here for an application. Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development at 443-552-1659

Safe Zone Trainings

fefe The MICA Safe Zone Training, an introductory training about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. It is our hope that Safe Zone participants will be able to promote a more welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQIA members of the MICA community. Safe Zone covers a broad range of topics including the coming out process, LGBTQIA terminology, and trans issues. After completing both Safe Zone Trainings, participants will receive a placard to hang in their space (e.g. office, room, etc.)

If you are interested in attending a Safe Zone Training, please RSVP by emailing fasqa@mica.edu

Fall 2014 Trainings

Safe Zone Training Part I
Friday, October 17, 4-6pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2-4pm
Friday, November 14, 4-6pm

Safe Zone Training Part II
Friday, October 24, 4-6pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2-4pm

Transgender Resources

Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or disability. MICA strives to be a welcoming community and is continuing to create policies and guidelines to help students navigate their time spent here.

The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development has created a Transgender Student Resources Guide to support transgender students during their time at MICA.