By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
LGBT university students needn’t fear that they’ll be alone on most of Michigan’s major campuses. The following state universities have at least an LGBT student group; some have established offices to assist LGBT students, and a few are planning events to welcome new and returning students this fall.
Central Michigan University: Central has an Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs. Directed by Angela Munoz, the office is located at Sloan Hall Rm. 130 on campus. Call 989-774-3637.
Eastern Michigan University: Eastern’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Resource Center is located at 209 King Hall. Call 734-487-4149, email [email protected] or visit http://www.emich.edu/lgbtrc.
Oakland University: Oakland will be opening an LGBT center this fall, and according to Jean Ann Miller, the director of the center for Student Activities, they are hoping to have a grand opening Sept. 13. (See “Oakland University to open Gender & Sexuality Center” https://www.pridesource.com/article.shtml?article=15017) For more information contact Miller at 248-370-2400 or student activist Duane Hurt at [email protected].
Oakland also has S.A.F.E.:Students, Administrators & Faculty for Equality. According to the group’s website, S.A.F.E. “consists of a dedicated team of students, administrators and faculty members who are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity. The team also educates themselves and the university community on current issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning population.” Call 248-370-2400.
Michigan State University: Michigan State’s Alliance of Les-Bi-Gay-Transgender and Straight Ally Students is at 441B Union Building on campus. Call 517-353-9795 or visit http://www.msu.edu/user/alliance. For the he Office of LBGT Concerns visit http://lbgtc.msu.edu.
On Sept. 6, the Alliance will conclude their fall welcome celebrations with the 2005 Fall LBGT Student Welcome Reception, State-Wide Resource Fair and Solidarity SLAM! at the Union Gold Rooms and Parlors. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a resource fair and buffet dinner. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a special advance screening of the new Sundance channel TV series, “Transgeneration,” which focuses on the lives of trans students on four college campuses (including TJ Jourian from MSU). A discussion will follow.
Northern Michigan University: While Northern doesn’t have an LGBT office, the university says that LGBT students are served by Diversity Student Services. Call 906-227-1554.
University of Michigan/Ann Arbor: UofM/Ann Arbor’s LGBT students are served by the Office of LGBT Affairs at 3200 Michigan Union. Call 734-763-4186, email [email protected] or visit http://www.umich.edu/~inqueery.
On Sept. 6, the Office will host an open house to welcome new and returning students from 6-8 p.m.
University of Michigan/Dearborn: UofM Dearborn’s LGBT student group, the Lambda Alliance, is online at http://www.umd.umich.edu/student/org/lambda.
University of Michigan/Flint: UofM Flint’s LGBT Center is located at 365 University Center. Call 810-766-6606 or visit http://www.umflint.edu/departments/lgbt_center.
Wayne State University: WSU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Union is online at http://www.geocities.com/gaywayneinfo.
Western Michigan University’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Student Services Resource Room and Coordinator’s Office is located in Faunce Student Services. Resource Room and Coordinator’s Office hours vary each semester based on staff class schedules. Call 616-387-2123 or email [email protected] for current office hours. For more information visit http://www.lbgt.wmich.edu.