LGBTQ RESOURCE CENTER
The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside LGBTQ Resource Center is to provide a safe, inclusive, and comfortable environment on campus for LGBTQ and Allied students, faculty, staff, and community. The Center will accomplish this by providing advocacy and support services to meet the unique needs of the targeted populations. The Center will also provide resources and education, which will include curricular and co-curricular programming.
Here is what we do.
We EDUCATE the Parkside campus and local communities on the unique and diverse issues surrounding the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity
We ADVOCATE for the needs, concerns, and rights of LGBTQ and allied students, faculty, and staff
We PROVIDE not only a safe space for all students, faculty, staff, and community members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to receive and give social and emotional support, as well as access to resources
We FOSTER student leadership and personal, academic, and professional growth
We DEVELOP positive relationships on and off campus through collaborations and on-going communication
Safe Zone Program
The Safe Zone Program, and the graphic that is displayed, is a signal to students that many Parkside faculty, staff, and student leaders support members of campus who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ).
This graphic signifies that you are in a space that is safe for LGBTQ individuals to be themselves and talk about LGBTQ issues.
The LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program
The Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program was founded to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and allied student leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin. Click for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is an LGBTQ Resource Center needed on Parkside's campus?
The LGBTQ Resource Center is on campus to provide support, resources, and assistance to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. The Center is responsible for developing educational programs for Parkside, as well as the local community.
What is the difference between Rainbow Alliance and the LGBTQ Resource Center?
Rainbow Alliance is a major status student organization, whose primary function is to support students and to help educate the general campus community, as well as the local community, on LGBTQQISA issues. While the functions of Rainbow Alliance and the LGBTQ Resource Center are similar, the Center has more of a broad focus and supports the students in their efforts, and acts as an advocate for them, as well as the faculty and staff of Parkside.
What does the acronym, "LGBTQQISA" stand for?
LGBTQQISA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, same-gender loving, and ally. You may also see the acronym shortened to "LGBT" or "GLBT."
How can I get involved with the Center or in helping to educate my campus community on LGBTQ issues?
If you are a student, the best way for you to be involved is to join Rainbow Alliance. You can also stop by the Center to pick up information on the upcoming Safe Zone program, events on campus, as well as other resources of interest.
I prefer to identify myself by a name that differs from my legal name. What can I do?
Parkside recognizes that students may choose to identify themselves with a name that differs from their legal name. Implementing a preferred name into the system can happen at any point in your student career. Visit the preffered name page for more information.