Friday, April 23 is the National Day of Silence.
Established in 1996 by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the Day of Silence raises awareness about the effects of harassment and bullying toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) students.
The day aims to bring attention to the marginalization of LGBTQ+ people and their allies and raising awareness about these injustices.
Faculty, staff and students may participate by being silent throughout the day or just a portion of the day. The deliberate silence is intended to reflect the way people in the LGBTQ+ community are silenced in response to homophobia and discrimination.
A Webex forum will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Attendees may join at that time via Webex.