What is the LGBT Resource Center?
Mission Statement and Purpose
The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is to foster an environment that is open, safe and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The Center is a resource not only for the LGBT community but for the entire University community. It exists for anyone who is who is interested in learning about LGBT people, issues, and concerns. For the LGBT community, the Center provides support for full inclusion of everyone in the University — including those who experience discrimination or who need support as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender campus community.
Why is the LGBT Resource Center needed?
The campus environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mirrors the larger society in that it reflects and contains homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, and heterosexist attitudes and beliefs which are oppressive and devaluing of LGBT people. The LGBT Resource Center seeks to help in the efforts to address homophobia and transphobia on campus and to work to make the environment safe, affirming, and inclusive for all students, faculty, staff, and LGBT students, faculty, and staff in particular.
The LGBT Resource Center provides a confidential forum for LGBT students, faculty, and staff to discuss the campus climate. The Resource Center works with campus units to increase awareness and affirmation of LGBT people and reduce discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and expression and sexual orientation. The Resource Center refers LGBT people to appropriate campus and community support services. In addition, it collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to develop programs to celebrate the LGBT presence on the campus by organizing and sponsoring events associated with LGBTQIA issues.
The Educational Role
The LGBT Resource Center collaborates with existing groups on campus to develop programs, workshops, and activities to raise campus awareness about LGBT concerns and to honor the contributions of LGBT people to the campus. The Resource Center maintains a collection of LGBT resource materials (books, videos, magazines, pamphlets, etc.) for use by the University community. It also collects data about the incidences of hate crimes, harassment, heterosexism, cisgenderism, and discrimination based on gender identity and expression and sexual orientation.
The Referral Role
The center helps LGBT students, staff, and faculty identify existing resources and services on campus and in the community that assist in addressing LGBT issues, problems, and concerns. It helps students find Allies in their various departments of the campus.