By Viggo Stacey, The PIE News
"UC Davis in the US has launched a fund to support students to gain global learning experiences that advance LGBTQIA+ issues and address the needs and strengths of the community.
The Global Aggie Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights, launched thanks to former UC Davis provost and executive vice chancellor and former interim chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and his husband Manfred Kollmeier, aims to support the well-being and rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and raise awareness of the challenges it faces in countries across the globe.
“UC Davis is deeply committed to excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion and to building a more just world,” said Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs at the institution.
“We recognise that ensuring LGBTQIA+ individuals’ well-being and rights, both locally and globally, is critical. We’re also deeply committed to supporting and engaging our students in advancing these efforts through a variety of global experiences.
The institution’s Global Learning Hub in Global Affairs will manage student applications to a range of activities such as internships or projects with organisations promoting and addressing LGBTQIA+ well-being and/or rights, conduct research with a global dimension, or pursue other global learning opportunities centred on these issues.
“The fund will make a difference in the lives of many, now and in the future,” Regulska added
“Coming ourselves originally from different countries, we have always been aware that the pathways by which LGBTQIA+ people have come out, come together, and then formed communities vary widely around the world,” Hexter and Kollmeier said in a statement."