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Out Racers: Take Your Place! is a leadership development program in western Kentucky that provides a high-impact educational experience for a cohort of student participants to address grassroots leadership development and the creation of inclusive communities. Participants are a mixture of students from Murray State University and public community colleges in western Kentucky. Funding for Our Racers: Take Your Place! is provided by Murray State University with support from JustFundKY.

2013-2014 Cohort Announcement

2013-2014 Cohort:

Alec Brock, freshman from Louisville, KY

Tyler Davis, junior from Dexter, KY

Depaul Hendrix, senior from Murray, KY

LJ Johnson, junior from Washington, DC

CeNedra Rodriguez, sophomore from Dawson Springs, KY (attends Madisonville Community College)

Darren Scott, sophomore from Hopkinsville, KY (attends Hopkinsville Community College)

Robert Scott, junior from Springville, TN

Steven Shupe, senior from Farmington, KY

Eric Spence, junior from Paducah, KY

Tim Stone, freshman from Louisville, KY

Expectations of participants:

1) Gain confidence and experience in leading and interacting with others while working to address LGBT-related topics/issues

2) Explore various leadership styles and approaches and identity strengths and weaknesses

3) Engage in a community-based project in partnership with a mentor and the program leadership

4) Participate in social activities with other program participants

5) Challenge their abilities and grow to become sustained leaders for the LGBT community

Tentative Itinerary
(additional exact dates forthcoming)

August 31, all day

Leadership Camp: Effective Leadership, Knowing Our Strengths and Weaknesses, and Goal Driven Planning for Delivery (~1.5 days, onsite, featuring Petey Peterson, LGBTQI Life Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt University)

September 27, 4:30 p.m.

Knowing Where Our Community Came From and How to Use That Knowledge (2 hours, electronic, featuring Gunner Scott, Principal of Making Waves Coaching and Consulting and LGBT Leader)

October 8, 7:30 p.m.                     

It’s More than a Student Club: Programming to Change Minds (2 hours, onsite, featuring Chris Hartman, Director of Louisville's Fairness Campaign)


Program TBD


Funding the Work, Taking Responsibility for Success, and Building Capacity as a Movement (2 hours, electronic, featuring Jeff Krehely, Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer at the Human Rights Campaign)

March 13, 7:30 p.m.

It’s a Complex World: Cross-Issue Movement Building (2 hours, onsite, featuring Dr. Marisa Richmond, Past President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition)


Sharing the Experience with the Cohort: Key Takeaways and Individualized Action Plans for the Future (4 hours, onsite)

Community-based Project

Over the course of the academic year, each participant is expected to plan and implement one community-based project on an LGBT-theme. Participants will be required to submit a proposal of their project for review prior to moving forward. Project proposals will be assessed on learning outcomes for the participants, positive impact on the LGBT and ally community, need for the area and/or community, and likelihood of successful completion. Each participant will be allotted a $100 budget for their project with the understanding that additional funds may have to be secured through sponsorships and/or fundraising tied with the specific project. These projects may range from collaborations between local municipal human rights commissions on the hardships faced by LGBT individuals in the workplace to the presentation of LGBT-themed films addressing the intersection of the LGBT and faith-based communities. Each project must have a faculty or staff mentor approved by the LGBT Program Coordinator.

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