Spotlight Office: LGBT Resource Center
UW-Milwaukee has consistently been considered a nationwide leader in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT+) students. In August 2014, UWM was named by Campus Pride Climate Index to be one of the top 50 LGBT+ Friendly Universities, the only institution in Wisconsin to receive this national recognition.
The UWM LGBT Resource Center has played a significant role in achieving and maintaining this safe environment for LGBT+ students.
The UWM LGBT Resource Center aims to create an inclusive campus community free of discrimination in all forms where social justice inspires community engagement and equitable campus practices.
One way the UWM LGBT Resource Center strives to achieve this is to increase the awareness as well as visibility of LGBT+ topics, people, experiences through its Safe Space Program, which has had a graduate student project manager for two years generously funded by BMO Harris Bank. The Safe Space Project manager coordinates and facilitates multiple educational trainings each year that advocate for an environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
The Center also strives to expand its influence beyond campus to engage the greater Milwaukee communities, by sharing knowledge and resources in the form of informative workshops to other schools (e.g. Waukesha County Technical College) and organizations (e.g. Wisconsin Private College Career Consortium). The GSA Project works with area high school Gay Straight Alliances to assist them in creating welcoming school environment of their own. And this summer, the campus will welcome LGBT+-identified teens for the annual Pride Discovery Camp. The camp will empower young adults ages 13-17 with confidence and leadership skills and encourage them to realize their full potential. More information on the camp is available online.
Each semester, the LGBT Resource Center develops and hosts several LGBT+-focused events open to the entire campus. None are bigger than the UWM Annual Drag Show, which in 2015 had its biggest show yet, attracting over 2,000 people to the Milwaukee Theatre. And in May, the Center will celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of UWM LGBT+ identified graduates with the Annual Lavender Graduation. For more details: uwm.edu/lavgrad.
The UWM LGBT Resource Center exists to serve all UWM students, families and the campus community so be sure to stop by and visit us in Union WG-89 or at lgbt.uwm.edu.