Extending the Community

New York event launches an LGBT network
October 1, 2010

President Richard H. Brodhead, former trustee Tom Clark ’69, and more than 150 others helped kick off the new Duke LGBT Network in early June at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York.

Fine by Duke: Janie Long speaks at the inaugural meeting of the Duke LGBT Network in New York. Kyle Knight '08

The network, which aims to serve the interests of the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, comprises students, alumni, faculty and staff members, and friends of Duke. The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) helped sponsor the kickoff. The program included comments by Clark, a member of the LGBT Network steering committee and a past president of the DAA, and Janie Long M.Div. ’81, director of Duke’s Center for LGBT Life. Credit Suisse underwrote the event through the efforts of steering-committee member Todd Sears ’98.

“The kickoff event is an extraordinary example of how Duke alumni want to remain connected to each other and to the campus community,” said Kyle Knight ’08, communications chair for the Duke LGBT Network. “President Brodhead’s presence at the event sends a strong message about the priority that the university places on advancing an inclusive and supportive Duke community.”

Brodhead encouraged the network to play a strong role at Duke by building connections among students, alumni, and others and by serving as an advocate on campus.