The purpose of S.A.G.E is to increase general awareness of all sexual orientations and gender identities including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities (LGBT+), educate about issues related to these identities, and to promote a campus of tolerance and respect, especially as stated in the Illinois College Affirmation of Community Responsibility.
The organization shall also serve as a bridge between students of all gender identities and sexual orientations in the Illinois College community, encouraging unity, diversity and a greater understanding and acceptance of the LGBT+ community in society.
Giving back to the community is a core belief within the organization. Being able to provide service for those in need allows the organization to not only grow closer, but also help those who truly need it. To date, our members have volunteered for the Congregational Church of Christ, the organization Equality Illinois, the event March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, and more. We intend on continuing to provide support to individuals in our community.
In Fall 2015, S.A.G.E. hosted OUT: Stories from the Closet during Diversity Week. This event served as a method to share LGBT+ experiences concerning any topic.
S.A.G.E. on Stage
SAGE on Stage is an annual educational and eye-opening series of short theatrical and musical acts that shed light on different aspects of what it is like to be a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness and educate the Illinois College community about LGBTQ+ issues through the mediums of music, acting, drama, comedy, spoken word, dramatic readings and video. After the acts are finished, we have a question and answer session.
Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an event used to educate and unify the LGBTQ+ community while providing a safe and supportive forum for discourse about issues that impact the community.
S.A.G.E. has a table at the Multicultural Festival. This table is intended to share awareness with the community.
S.A.G.E. also hosts two main social events: the Black Light Dance and an annual cookout.
Throughout the year, S.A.G.E. holds a number of educational events including workshops and guest speakers.