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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 2015-2016 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 Friday, November 8th, 2015. Click here for an application. Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development at 443-552-1659
Safe Zone Trainings
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 email@example.com
Fall 2015 Trainings
Safe Zone Training Part I
Wednesday, 11/18/15 2-4pm
Friday, 12/4 3-5pm
Safe Zone Training Part II
Friday, 12/11 3-5pm
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.
Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
The Point Foundation gives promising LGBTQ students a greater chance to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. The organization awards scholarships to high achievers who demonstrate strong leadership skills and community orientation.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a nationwide nonprofit that raises awareness about issues in this community of health and well-being. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are available to those who identify themselves as LGBTQ or as a straight ally.
The League Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing financial support to LGBT community members so they can achieve their dreams of higher education. The group has awarded more than 100 scholarships since 1997 in the amounts of $1,500 to $2,500. Applicants must identify as LGBT and be enrolled at an accredited institution, college, university or trade school.
The National Women's Studies Association was originally created as a forum for the discussion of topics surrounding women and gender. One of its primary objectives is to continue promoting this subject through teaching, learning, research and service. Their scholarships award individuals who actively continue to pursue and develop women's studies. Applicants must be an individual member of the association.
The Gamma Mu social organization has a rich history of "good men making a difference." The organization has worked for over 40 years to develop an open community for gay male professional and business executives. The scholarship of $1,000 to $2,500 is awarded to gay men under the age of 35 who have exhibited leadership and involvement in the gay community. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited institution, college, university or trade school.
American Psychological Association's Division 44 focuses on LGBT research in psychology. To support continued scientific exploration, the $1,000 award is given to a full-time graduate student in a department of psychology.
The Pride Foundation is dedicated to helping LGBTQ students as well as straight allies in the Pacific Northwest achieve their academic goals. The foundation requires one application that covers over 40 different scholarships. They give awards in a variety of areas to those who have shown perseverance in the face of obstacles. Applicants must be from the Northwest U.S., and preference is given to those who identify as LGBTQ or individuals with strong connections to the LGBTQ community.