History of the LGBT+ Resource Center at MOSAIC
In 2009, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak convened a task force to address the "climate, policies, practices and procedures important for our LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff in support of our UCCS core values." The task force included campus leadership from a broad range of campus units: faculty, staff, students, and members of the LGBTQ community.
The Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center (The PRIDE Center) was an important partner with the LGBTQ Task Force. The Director of the PRIDE Center served on the task force and during this same period of time contracted with UCCS to develop the LGBTQ Resource Center at MOSAIC. The development of the resource center moved forward in parallel with the work of the task force. The LGBTQ Resource Center was coordinated by a part-time Graduate Assistant until 2012 when the position of LGBT Program Director was added to the M.O.S.A.I.C. Assistant Director staff position.
LGBT+ Resource Center Today
As an integral part of the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (MOSAIC), The LGBT+ Resource Center at MOSAIC exists as part of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs' on-going commitment to promoting equal opportunity for successful academic, social and personal development for all LGBTQ students and their allies in a safe and supportive environment. The LGBTRC works to create a safe and supportive campus environment by offering educational and community building opportunities and advocating for the needs, visibility, and inclusion of the LGBT+ community on campus.
At the LGBT+ Resource Center
The LGBT+ Resource Center shares space with the MOSAIC office and is located in the University Center, Room 110. Our community space is available to students to study, mingle with other students, do homework, eat lunch, etc. Our LGBTQ focused discussion and support groups also meet in the center.
Personalized Advocacy and Support
We understand that folks experience varying levels of support and acceptance when it comes to their LGBTQ identities. We feel that it is important for students to have a network of safe and supportive people in their lives in order to thrive academically and socially on campus. We can serve as your support system and advocates in addition to connecting you to other students and resources on campus.
The LGBT+ Resource Center Program Director is available to meet with students and provide personalized support and advocacy. Students may walk-in anytime to meet with the Program Director or they can also contact our office to set up a one-on-one meeting. For appointments, students may call 719-255-3447 or email email@example.com. Whether you want to vent about a challenging course or have some tough questions to ask about your experiences as an LGBTQ identifying person or ally, we are here for you, and would love to meet with you soon!
Information about LGBTQ focused Community Resources
The LGBT+ Resource Center has an extensive collection of pamphlets and other sources of information free for you to browse and take! If we do not have the information you are seeking, we can assist you in finding the resources you are looking for.
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SPECTRUM is a student-led LGBTQIA alliance. Spectrum welcomes students and community members of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Spectrum provides a space for members to meet, share experiences, and support each other. Allies are always welcome of course too! Contact email@example.com for more information.
LGBT+ Resource Center Discussion Groups
Listen Up! is an open, identity-conscious discussion group hosted by MOSAIC. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard on various social/cultural topics including, but not limited to: race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
QPOC Discussion Group
This is a peer-to-peer discussion group that provides a space to discuss the experiences of, and the issues that impact Queer/LGBTQIA identifying people of color and Two Spirit people. This group provides a safe environment for students to connect, share experiences, and support each other. All are welcome to attend! Contact email@example.com for more information.
Sexual Health Resources
These resources are free, and you are welcome to stop by to pick up as they are needed.