Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE)
SIRGE is a student leadership position through Multicultural Student Services and the Division of Student Affairs. The coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to create and facilitate programming for the campus community to address issues of sexuality and sexual identity, healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention, and gender.
Past programming includes:
- Human Papillomaviorus (HPV) information – the sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer, awareness and information about vaccine availability at the Center for Health and Wellness Services.
- Love Shouldn't Hurt – introduced Domestic Violence Awareness Month campus walkway posters, café cup stickers, and discussion in collaboration with the Vagina Anti-Violence Alliance and the Tacoma YWCA to address intimate partner violence
- Transgender Day of Remembrance – a memorial to those lost to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, poster series and discussion with alumni Kyle Cramer about gender identity, transition, and anti-transgender violence in collaboration with Diversity Theme Year and Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity.
- White Ribbon Campaign - the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women, daily tabling with ribbons, pledges, and information, movie showing of "Tough Guise", and discussion about men's role in ending violence against women with Allen Trimmings, Education Director at the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County in collaboration with the Vagina Anti-Violence Alliance and Sexual Assault Free Environment (SAFE) Men.
SIRGE facilitates and maintains open lines of communication with related student groups and organizations, such as but not limited to:Q&A (Queer Student Alliance), Vagina Anti-Violence Alliance (VAVA), VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, Fight the Illicit Gains of Human Trafficking (FIGHT), Sexual Assault Free Environment (SAFE) Men. Student representatives from these groups meet twice per semester with faculty and staff of various campus departments including Gender Studies, Center for Health and Wellness Services (CHWS), Student Government, and Greek Life to network, discuss, and collaborate on programs addressing the issues of sexual assault, relationships, sexuality, gender, and health in Puget Sound community at the SIRGE sponsored Meeting of Minds (MOM).