What Pride means to Brandman

June 10, 2021

The following content first appeared on the news page while UMass Global operated under its former name of Brandman University.

Brandman University's Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) is continuing its work to facilitate intellectual curiosity, cultural humility, and a better understanding of the diversity that exists within the university and the communities it serves. This month, the OEI is focused on Pride Month and calling attention to topics related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Pride.
To highlight Pride Month, OEI asked members of the Brandman community to share their views on the occasion by posing the question “What does Pride mean to you?”

Dustin Domingo, director of credential services: “Pride is the practice of self-love and positive self-affirmation. It is shedding a layer of shame that should have never been there in the first place.” 

Jeff Foulkes, instructional designer: “Pride for me is a way of taking back what is inherently denied to us as a group. It’s a chance to come together as one community to celebrate what the world has told us we shouldn’t celebrate.” 

Sara Miyo Hall-Kennedy, Ed.D., ’20: “Pride signifies a celebration of my authentic self with a community who sees me and lends value to my existence. When I think about LGBTQ+ Pride, I feel gratitude to all those who have suffered, died, and thrived to allow me and my people the privilege to live a life that is open and free.”

Donald B. Scott, director of advising and retention services: “Pride takes on both personal and broader community meaning for me. I am proud of my family and friends who never abandoned me when I finally felt comfortable living my true and authentic life in 1994.”

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