Community Organizing

2017

By Us, For Us (BUFU) is a year-round project designed to create intentional safe spaces and enhance the student life experience for queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) at the University of North Texas. Though UNT is now a minority-serving institution, students have expressed concern regarding the lack of faculty of color who understand the intersections of their identities. BUFU references a study conducted with Black queer and trans students at UNT. The study found that spaces centered on students of color do not acknowledge and support the Black LGBTQ+ experiences; instead, those spaces erase the experiences. Spaces that prioritize queer and trans students are dominated by White students on the queer and transgender spectrums.