Women's and LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Mission

The Women’s and LGBTQ+ Resource Center fosters a safer and more inclusive campus by providing support, resources, leadership development, and education related to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Vision

To prepare students to engage beyond campus in pursuit of more just and equitable communities.

Values

Empowerment
We affirm and actively support people of all genders and sexual orientations. We strive to ensure inclusive policies and accessible resources in order to create a campus environment that fosters the success of women and LGBTQ+ students. We are also committed to providing excellent co-curricular programming that
empowers students to be leaders in their communities and beyond.

Social Justice
We recognize the importance of exploring and challenging systems of power and privilege. For this reason, we are dedicated to engaging in antioppression
work and positive acts of solidarity. The center promotes awareness, understanding, education, and advocacy with the goal of working toward gender equity and eliminating all forms of discrimination.

Intersectionality
We are committed to understanding and responding to the ways in which gender intersects with other identities such as race, class, nationality, and religion (among many others) and how these intersections contribute to unique experiences of oppression and privilege.

Engagement
We believe that we have a responsibility to make a positive difference in our local communities. As such, the center strives to be a community space and
resource. Additionally, because of the vital role that co-curricular activities play in the development and professionalization of students, the center provides opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local communities. We encourage students to think critically about the ways they can create collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships both on and off campus.

What We Do

Create a brave space

  • Encourage identity exploration
  • Support community building
  • Empower student leadership
  • Challenge all forms of discrimination
  • Provide comfy couches and a place to be yourself

Engage in campus education

  • Offer workshops and presentations in ally development and anti-sexual violence training
  • Host events that address and reflect women’s and LGBTQ+ experiences
  • Spread awareness and increase visibility of women’s and LGBTQ+diverse identities

Provide resources and advocacy

  • Maintain a library of women’s and LGBTQ+ books and literature.
  • Offer a variety of referrals for community agencies relating to women’s and LGBTQ+ issues like domestic violence shelters, information on birth control and STIs, hormone therapy, and counseling.
  • Provide confidential* advocacy and information about academic, legal, medical, and emotional resources for those who experience discrimination based on sex, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation, as well as for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
  • Confidential resources are not required to report specific incidents and may not disclose any information without the permission of the student except in rare, extreme circumstances (including imminent risk of harm to self or others.)

Women’s Support Services

Find information about academic and personal support, as well as advocacy and education for women.

LGBTQ Student Services

Programs and advocacy for Metropolitan State University’s LGBTQA community.