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Potash LGBTQ+ History Month Speaker Series

Each October the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center presents a calendar of events, programs and services in celebration of the historical and current lives and contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. 

2019 marks the inaugural year of the Potash LGBTQ+ History Month Speaker Series. This year's speaker is poet and educator, Denise Frohman, who will be delivering a keynote perfomance on October 15. More about the performance can be found on the SU events calendar here.

The Potash LGBTQ+ History Month Speaker Series, a reoccurring annual initiative, will be a featured event of the month. The series, overall, will showcase the work and contributions of individuals who blend queer activism and scholarship that centers the experience of people from marginalized sexualities and genders. The series provides a venue for the SU community to learn and dialogue about LGBTQ+ historical, social, cultural and political issues.

About Jordan Potash

The speaker series honors the contributions of Jordan Potash '98, who, as an undergraduate student, wrote the original proposal to create and generate support for the resource center.   

Potash is currently a distinguished art therapist and professor, with research and teaching specialties including advocacy, social change, and multiculturalism. He has had a strong background in multiculturalism and social change since his undergraduate years. From organizing a speak out on the quad and helping plan the 1998 SU Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, to creating art projects featuring students sharing coming out stories, Potash’s work as a psychology and art major blended scholarship and activism. He was also an orientation leader, resident advisor, and active member of the Jewish Student Union. He received the 1998 Office of Multicultural Affairs La Fuerza Award for work that promotes the appreciation of racial and ethnic diversity.

The Potash LGBTQ+ History Month Speaker Series ensures the center continues to fulfill the vision Potash articulated during remarks for the LGBT Resource Center’s 15th Anniversary in 2016. The legacy of the center, he said, is to “transform suffering to hope, silence into voice, and marginalization into community.” We welcome nominations for Potash Speaker Series artists. Please email with nominations and bios for potential speakers.

Accepting Nominations for Lavender Graduation Alumnx Speakers

In 2019 the LGBT Resource Center re-imagined what was formerly known as the Rainbow Banquet, which had been a tradition since 2003. Lavender Graduations are staples of LGBTQ offices nationwide. They celebrate LGBTQIA+ communities at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and the city of Syracuse, featuring a dinner, a graduating keynote speaker, and graduating LGBTQA+ student recognition.

We simply seek alumnx whose personal or professional story will lift our graduateing students' spirirts and offer a welcome to the Orange alumnx community! We welcome nominations of LGBTQ-identifying alums from all years, majors, and disciplines. We take into account a large range of distinctions, honors, accomplishments, or potential when considering speakers. We will review all nominations recieved; we are particularly interested in centering the experiences and lives of queer & trans people of color and trans and non-binary alums. Email with names and bios of possible LGBTQIA+ alum speakers.  

Previous Alumnx Speakers

2019 - Olivia Fields ’01, founder and president of organizational change management firm, Change 360, delivered remarks entitles "Authentic Living: I Am Who I Say I Am," on how she built on her SU education and experience to create her life and career today.

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LGBTQ+ Advocates and Supporters Special Interest Group

Wherever you are, the Syracuse University Alumni Association is with you. From hosting events where you live to creating lifelong connections and providing career support, the SUAA keeps you in the Orange family—for life, including a LGBTQ+ community Affinity Group. Whether you joined a LGBTQ+ organization or discussion group, enrolled in the LGBT Learning Community or an LGBT Studies course, worked as student staff at the LGBT Resource Center or participated in LGBTQ events, this group is for you!  Follow this link to find out more and to join this and other Special Interest Groups through 'Cuse Community.

Wishing Goodbye to 750 Ostrom Ave

Our former house at 750 Ostrom Avenue has been demolished to make room for our ever-expanding campus community and faciltiies. It served as our home for 18 years before the center was relocated to Bird Library Rm 548, where the LGBT Resource Center now shares office space with the Disability Cultural Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. (Learn more about our eventual permanent new home in Schine Student Center)


Stay In Touch!

We seek to boost engagement from alumni and friends who hold or care about LGBTQIA+ identities. There is great opportunity to develop initiatives such as an alumni newsletter, regional alumni affinity groups, networking and career assistance, and support for the LGBT Studies program. For more information about how you can be involved, please contact


This group is for former students, faculty, staff and alumnx of Syracuse University who identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer/Questioning, Asexual spectrum. To join our listserv: send the message SUBSCRIBE LGBTAALUMNI to