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An LGBT Campus Center is an administrative office of a college or university that provides resources and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.

Function Edit

Depending on the campus, an LGBT Campus Center's mission may include faculty support, student advocacy, alumni relations, and/or public relations with the greater community (especially in response to crisis).

An LGBT Campus Center may provide academic resources related to LGBT Studies, support social opportunities for LGBT people to interact, and sponsor educational events for the campus as a whole. Most Campus Centers provide referrals to other campus departments or off-campus organizations to help meet student needs.

Some LGBT Campus Centers provide psychological counseling for students struggling with their sexual or gender identity and for students coping with internal or external prejudice. Some example scenarios of when a student might seek out counseling from an LGBT Campus Center:

  • A questioning student seeks help understanding their sexual identity
  • A self-affirmed transgender student has just experienced a bias-motivated attack
  • A straight student is having difficulty coping with a gay roommate

Some LGBT Campus Centers may provide financial aid to students by means of scholarships, research grants, or work opportunities. This may be especially important for LGBT students, as it is not unheard of for these students to lose financial assistance from unsupportive parents.

Demographics Edit

According to a November 2006 report by the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education, there are 115 LGBT Campus Centers that employ professional staff in North America, though this figure is not comprehensive.

The first known LGBT Campus Center was established in 1971 at the University of Michigan.

Only three of the eight Ivy League schools lack an LGBT Campus Center: Columbia University, Harvard University, and Yale University. Nine of the "Big Ten" universities have LGBT Campus Centers - only University of Iowa and Purdue University don't. Princeton University is the only "Big Three" university with an LGBT Campus Center.

Of The Advocate's "Top 20 Universities for LGBT Students" [1], the University of Puget Sound is the only one without an explicit LGBT Campus Center. However, the University's Multicultural Student Services office serves LGBT students in addition to other minority student populations. The University of Southern California, a school that received a perfect "GPA" (Gay Point Average) from the Advocate, has both an LGBT Resource Center and a GLBT Student Assembly.

California is the U.S. state with the most LGBT Campus Centers (16). 14 states have no professionally staffed LGBT Campus Centers:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansas
  4. Idaho
  5. Mississippi
  6. Montana
  7. Nevada
  8. New Mexico
  9. North Dakota
  10. Oklahoma
  11. South Carolina
  12. South Dakota
  13. Tennessee
  14. Wyoming

Related Edit

External linksEdit

  • Map of LGBT Campus Centers pdf
  • Directory of LGBT Campus Centers [2]
  • Self-studies of the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education [3]
Wikipedialogo This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at LGBT Campus Center. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with LGBT Info, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

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