Organization Spotlight: Queer/Trans Collaborative (QTC)

By Allison Tep, MPH’23 in Behavioral, Social, & Health Education Sciences

Mission of QTC

The purpose of the Queer/Trans Collaborative (QTC) at Rollins is to foster a community of LGBTQ+ graduate and professional students and their allies from the Rollins School of Public Health. The organization aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students and to bring students together from a diverse set of backgrounds outside of Rollins. QTC at Rollins achieves these goals through tabling events, volunteering, activism, and social gatherings. Events are open to all members of the Emory University Community including students, faculty, and alumni unless specifically said otherwise.

This year, I served as the Social Chair for QTC. Down below, myself and the President of QTC, Ari, answer some questions to offer insight into the organization from a leadership perspective.

Why did you decide to join QTC?

Allison: I joined QTC because I wanted to further my LGBTQ+ advocacy, educational experience, and provide spaces on and off-campus for individuals to connect. QTC has provided me with the opportunity to work on my event planning skills, collaborate with other queer organizations, and meet some amazing people at Emory!

How has this experience enhanced your Rollins Experience?

Ari: QTC has allowed me to continue to grow my leadership skills among diverse and like-minded individuals who really care about LGBTQIA+ wellbeing. Connecting with students and queer organizations of Atlanta has been helpful to my Rollins experience.

Allison: Being able to connect with undergraduate students, 1st, and 2nd-year MPH students has been one of my favorite parts of QTC. I am originally from Oregon and was nervous about moving across the country for graduate school, but building community through QTC and meeting people outside my program track has helped enhance my Rollins experience.

Past QTC Events

QTC events from the 2022 year have included an Intersex Rights Advocacy and Allyship panel (in collaboration with Emory LGBT Life and PRIDEnet), general body meetings, a paint and movie night, and a Gayme night. The general body meetings offer a space for students to gather, eat snacks, and learn about current events and local/national resources. QTC has also participated in collaborative events with other Rollins organizations, including the Sexual Health Art Show and Gallery with the Emory Reproductive Health Association (ERHA) and La Alianza Latinx. You may also find us at tabling events for both Rollins and the Emory campus – some tabling events of the past year have included ERHA’s Sex in the Dark event, the Emory 60’s Pride Homecoming Event, and the Emory Sexual Health Expo.

Connect with us on Instagram for resources and upcoming events! @RollinsQTC

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