People Representing the Sexual Minority (PRiSM)
We believe college students possess the values, ideas, will power and motivation to build a safe community for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, gender, religion, creed, disability or socio-economic status. We have become activists for this cause; supporting those of the sexual minority through events and meetings, educating our fellow students on issues of equality and functioning as proponents for and defenders of respect, understanding and acceptance of those who are a part of, and affiliated with, the sexual minority.
What is PRiSM?
We are "People Representing the Sexual Minority," a club at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. We believe in promoting equality for GLBT students on campus, and accomplish this task with three distinct goals in mind:
- An educational goal met by providing opportunities for all students, staff and faculty members to learn about issues that affect the lives of GLBT students, which we realize through the personal witness of our members and through the availability and openness of members to speak at events and in classroom settings in discussion of sexual orientation.
- A goal to create a strong presence on campus, met through personal and electronic communication. Our hope is that a consistent and unified presence will garner the support of students, staff and faculty members in the realm of GLBT rights.
- A social goal, achieved through regular meetings and activities. We embrace the support of our straight allies in striving to create a safe and productive environment for the rights of GLBT individuals and promoting awareness beyond the binary code of sexuality and gender identity, which are in fact gifts to be celebrated, not burdens to be endured.