On October 18 2018, the Office of Inclusive Excellence collaborated with the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association, the Intercultural and Diversity Center, and LGBTQ student organizations to recognize Spirit Day through a public art display on campus. UB students expressed different forms of freedom important to them using lawn signs designed by the For Freedoms project.
Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Spirit Day and For Freedoms.
Three students holding lawn sign that says "Freedom for all who dare to be different. Live Life Love "
Array of lawn signs in grass. One says "Freedom for Justice," and another says "Freedom to Take Risks"
Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society, producing exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
The UB LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association began in 2014. The mission is to contribute to and support a welcoming and inclusive university community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer faculty and staff through education, networking and advocacy. The association also recognizes and is inclusive of identities outside of the traditional LGBTQ acronym.