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LGBTQ Initiatives

LGBTQ Initiatives through the Multicultural Center support and advocate for the unique academic and social needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and pansexual (LGBTQIAP) students and communities accross Ohio State. We nurture reflective thought and provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all members of campus to explore issues related to sexual and gender identity, to learn more about LGBTQIAP communities, and to engage the support of people minoritized for their sexual and/or gender identities and expression. 

Through our programming, leadership development, training, educational resources, and service-learning opportunities, LGBTQ Initiatives further the academic mission of Ohio State and the Multicultural Center students, engaging staff, faculty and the Central Ohio community toward extraordinary experiences for all.

Our programs and services are based on four primary themes:

Signature Events

LGBTQ Student Support

Leadership Development

Educational Programs 

 

Signature Events

Signature Events are the hallmark programs of the Student Life Multicultural Center and demonstrate a strong tradition of building community and raising visibility every year. Signature events are implemented with the support of professional staff and in partnership with student organizations.

LGBTQ-specific signature events include:

September:  Bi Visibility Week and Out for Change Retreat

October:  LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day

November:  Trans Awareness Week 

December:  Queer Family HoliGay Dinner

January:  Day of Service

March:  Herstory Honoring Queer Womyn

April:  Rainbow Celebration and Lavender Graduation

June:  Buckeye Pride 

 

LGBTQ Student Support

The Q*mmunity Groups offered for LGBTQ students by the Student Life Multicultural Center focus on intersections between identities, community building, personal development and leadership.

  • First Year Q*mmunity, Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

This group seeks to provide social support for LGBTQ first year and transfer students joining our campus community. The group combines small group discussions and social outings with peer mentors to help new students navigate Ohio State. First Year Q*mmunity meets on a biweekly basis. 

  • QPOC Q*mmunity, Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

A space for queer students of color to come together over food and conversation. Part social space - part facilitated dialogue, participants explore topics of identity, how QPOC students build community and find connections on campus and other important themes. QPOC Q*mmunity meets on a monthly basis. 

  • Q*mmunity Dialogues, Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

An inclusive environment for queer and allied students to discuss their experiences and explore issues faced by LGBTQQIAP communities. Attendees engage with topics on identities, navigating campus and community life and more! Q*mmunity Dialogues meet on a biweekly basis.

  • OSQ*: Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentoring

An extension of our First Year Q*mmunity, this program facilitates one on one interaction between LGBTQ and allied students at The Ohio State University as a way of building community and supporting the personal and academic needs of our newer LGBTQ students. For more information, please check out our OSQ* page

 

Leadership Development

The Student Life Multicultural Center is committed to the belief that leadership is a tenet of personal and professional success that is not necessarily contingent upon holding a formal leadership position within an organization or in the workplace. Rather, leadership is exemplified by caring, ethical behavior and a commitment to creating inclusive, socially just environments.

  • LGBTQ Leaders' Consortium, Sundays @ 1:00 p.m. 

Ohio State has a number of LGBTQ student organizations that tackle the political and social issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ communities. Our Leaders Consortium serves as an umbrella for these student orgs to come together, plan collaboratively, build community, and develop as LGBTQ and allied campus leaders. The LGBTQ Leaders' Consortium meets on a biweekly basis.

  • Out for Change Retreat

Each semester, the Student Life Multicultural Center offers LGBTQ students the opportunity to take part in an OUT for Change Retreat.  Via either a one-day, or overnight, off-campus experience, students take part in interactive activities and low-ropes initiatives to promote togetherness and a sense of community. The retreat focuses on developing collaborative skills, improving communication across difference and creating personal action plans to create positive social change on campus and in our communities.

  • Conference Travel

 

Educational Programming 

Education Programs focus on the most salient issues impacting LGBTQ people and communities in local and national contexts, as well as local and Ohio State communities. LGBTQ Initiatives collaborates with Ohio State offices, our GLBT Alumni Society, and community resources of Central Ohio to produce our educational programs.

Within the scope of educational programs are:

  • Ally Week of Action

In September each year, the MCC reaches out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to stand with and advocate on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class or other social identity. Each of the week's events and programs focus on the themes of awareness, education and action. 

  • Safe Zone Project

For some, just gaining a basic knowledge of LGBTQ issues is the starting point. For others, learning to be an active ally to LGBTQ members of our campus community is a step they want to take. Regardless of where you are, the Safe Zone Project was created to provide a forum for sharing of information, breaking down stereotypes and opening up dialogue. The Safe Zone training is designed to raise awareness and discuss ways to make the spaces we live, and work in, more welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ people. Email frykenberg.1@osu.edu for training requests.

  • 101 Series

Be on the lookout for our newly developed 101 Series. These trainings can be viewed as addendum to the basic Safe Zone Project. These mini-trainings provide a closer look at communities within the larger LGBTQQIAP acronym such as the Ace Spectrum, and Non-monosexual communities. 

 

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For additional information about programs services, please contact Appy Frykenberg, frykenberg.1@osu.edu.