SoHo is open

(Last updated: Wed, Feb 10 10:57)

SoHo is the ALLIES office and is located on the third floor of the Cohen University Center, Room 335. When it is open, feel free to come by to hang out, do work, or talk with someone who is SafeZone trained. Our SafeZone trained members regularly hold office hours in SoHo.


ALLIES is a social and activist organization at Carnegie Mellon University for those of all genders and sexual orientations. We provide a safe, social space for anyone with an open mind to find new friends, talk about issues, raise awareness, and relax after class. We are called ALLIES because we are not a single mass; we are all ALLIED with each other through supporting our own individual lives and experiences. Join us in being active, being social, and/or being ourselves!

We have general body meetings every Wednesday at 5pm in SoHo which involve sharing ideas and news, as well as fun activities and games to help destress after class.

We have exec meetings every Friday at 2:30pm in SoHo where we plan events for the club and discuss new initiatives.

Below, you can check out our upcoming events and initiatives, as well as news from members of our community. You can also read more about us here.

Post-Meeting Update 02/10/16

Hello wonderful people,

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting today! Health Services gave an incredibly informative presentation about healthcare options they offer and how they pertain to our community. If anyone has any remaining questions about the presentation or anything related to Health Services, feel free to reach out to Heather and/or Lauren.


  • OPEN EXEC POSITION: Vice President
    • We are electing a new Vice President for Spring 2016.
    • Nominations are open. You may nominate yourself or someone else, who can then accept or decline the nomination.
    • If you would like to nominate yourself or someone, please email Gale.
    • The election will take place in the meeting NEXT WEEK on February 17th.
    • A full description of the duties of VP can be found here.
    • Please consider running for this position, as it is a fantastic leadership experience that you can use to grow our organization in amazing ways, and not to mention show off on a resume.


  • Lavender Graduation
    • Celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of LGBTQ+ identified undergraduate and graduate students.
    • CUC Connan
    • April 23rd
    • 4:30-6:30pm (tentative)
    • Please RSVP via Jeannene‚Äôs form. See Jeannene's email for more details.
    • If you would like rainbow tassels, stoles, etc. email Jeannene.


  • Activism Meetings

    • For the rest of the semester, activism meetings will take place every Friday (except Spring Break and Carnival) at 5pm in CUC Caffee.
    • This Friday, in observance of Valentine's Day, we will be talking about the romantic spectrum.
    • We will also have an activism meeting as a meeting activity option next Wednesday. We will walk over to the Stever Reading Room after announcements.
    • Email Darrius with any questions, topic suggestions, concerns or compliments.
  • Open Mic Night: Committee Meeting

    • This Saturday, February 13th, 2:00-4:00pm in SoHo
    • We will be workshopping potential performances and discussing logistics, advertising, etc.
  • Open Mic Night: Call for Poster Models

    • Email Nat if you are interested in posing for photographs that will appear on the poster and cover photo for the Open Mic Night.


  • SafeZone

    • The next SafeZone training is taking place after the GBM next Wednesday, February 17th from 6-8pm in Porter Hall A19.
    • If anyone is interested in helping at the training, this is an option for the meeting activity next week.
  • Support Groups

    • The Trans/NB support group is still meeting on Sundays at noon in SoHo. Email Kelly and/or Nat if you are interested in this support group.
    • The People of Color (PoC) support group is going to be up and running very soon. Contact Divya if interested in participating or helping lead this group if you have not already. Also fill out this When2Meet so that Divya can see what times work best for those who are interested.
    • Owen and Jeannene are starting a Mental Health support group! The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for folks that identity in the LGBTQ+ community here at CMU and also experience mental health concerns to come together and talk about their shared and different experiences. If interested, please fill out this form, and direct questions to Owen and/or Jeannene.
      • DISCLAIMER: This support group is not meant to be a replacement for therapy sessions, CAPS, or any other professional mental health help. Please continue to utilize these resources as needed as well.


  • Roots Pride Town Hall Meeting
    • Saturday, February 13th, 2:00-5:00pm, place TBD
    • Hosted by Michael David Battle, local activist
    • Open to entire CMU and Pittsburgh community
    • Meeting for queer and trans POC about how to prepare putting together pride events together in June, and determining the needs of this community.
    • Also a meeting in March and April
    • Direct questions to Ashley.

Thank y'all for being great as always. <3

--Gale "is totally EOC'ed out" Bonker