Vocal chapels have grown from 30 regular students to 80 to 100 regular students.
Vocal Chapels are held at Hart Auditorium Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Voice is a campus-based organization whose goal is to provide a safe space for people to explore the concept of their spirituality and sexuality. Voice does not exist as a political group, but rather as a place of education and love for all.
Lauren Ramsey, a higher education major from Frisco, is Voice’s chaplain and says the organization is extremely important to this campus and provides a place where people can be themselves and feel respected and loved for what they are.
“I believe many more people come to the chapels and to Voice events because they realize the need for this organization on campus and people are starting to realize that this community is to be loved and supported in the same way that Jesus loves. Ramsey said. . “I am so excited to see such involvement in our organization this year and it really shows that we are touching people’s lives and making a difference on campus. It’s hard to be openly gay on campus, let alone being an advocate, and it’s so worth it to see the impact we’re having. ”
Ramsey is usually in charge of vocal chapels, but on occasion other officers or guest lecturers will also take charge. The topic of the Voice Chapels varies depending on what topics Voice deems appropriate for the week. Topics and issues within the LGBTQ + community are not always discussed every week. February is all about Black History Month discussions and Voice is spending time in September on suicide prevention and awareness.
Voice organizes chapels and events like other organizations, as well as small groups where more in-depth and personal conversations take place. Recently there has been a lot more involvement in these chapels and small groups.
Since the creation of this peer education and support group in 2012, Voice has grown so much and from fall 2020 it became an official organization.
Elizabeth Dzina, a multimedia junior major from Dallas, treasurer and event planner for Voice, said Voice is a community where students know they deserve to feel safe and heard.
“I think vocal chapels are beneficial for students in the LGBTQ + community who have heard a lot of negative things just for who they are and the struggle between their faith and their sexuality is very difficult,” said Dzina. “The stories of others are the reason I go to the Voice Chapels, and it’s very humbling because everyone has a story and everyone deserves to be heard and to share their struggles throughout. life.”