Is "the work"—that is, the work of relentlessly pursuing equity, justice, and access for queer and trans students—even being done in the Midwest?

Of course, said Institute leaders and board members, who convened last weekend for the 2nd annual State of the Region at MBLGTACC in Omaha, Nebraska. Speaking on a panel to conference attendees, Roze R.B. Brooks, Mariam Mustafa, Bryan Guffey, and TK Morton shared about their contributions in the higher education, nonprofit, and private sectors, and how "the work" is an integral part of their community engagement, service, and broader advocacy.

Moderating the discussion, Nick Pfost also asked the panel about the role of non-dominant narratives in the advocacy space, access to resources and capital for students and the public, anti-racism work in our communities, and identity politics. View the full State of the Region panel below.