LGBT*QA Resource Center
The LGBT*QA Resource Center was established in Fall 2011. Since its first year, the Resource Center has made substantial progress in creating an inclusive environment for LGBT*QA individuals on campus. Now, in its 5th year, the Center provides campus-wise programming, Safe Space Training, a cozy LGBTQA+ Lounge for students to study, and spaces for engaging dialogue within the Western Illinois University community. In the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year, the Resource Center will have programs from the campus Drag Show, to Trans* Day of Remembrance, to Camp OUT for National Coming Out Day, and so many more. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to request a Safe Space Training, do not hesitate to contact the office!
WIU LGBT*QA Resource Center Mission
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer/questioning, asexual (LGBT*QA) resource center serves as connection for LGBT*QA individuals to resources, support, education, programming, and advocacy. The LGBT*QA Resource Center offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for all people of all sexualities and gender identities/expressions to support the holistic development of students.
The mission of the University Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (UCOSOGIE), is to enhance understanding of sexual identity, gender identity, and gender expression, and the impact of these topics on a person's experiences. The committee advocates a safe environment for everyone at WIU and within the surrounding communities, and is currently working an Out Resource list, as well as gender neutral restrooms on campus. Learn more about UCOSOGIE at: http://www.wiu.edu/equal_opportunity_and_access/ucoso/.
UNITY is WIU's LGBTQA+ student organization, open to all members of the LGBTQA+ and WIU communities. The organization is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment on campus for all identities, and creates campus-wide programs as well as a weekly safe space during general meetings. These meetings are every Thursday at 6:30pm in the Sandburg Lounge - come out and join the commUNITY! More information about Unity can be found at: https://purplepost.wiu.edu/organization/unity.
WIU's Queer Studies
WIU’s Queer Studies minor is interdisciplinary (across various departments) and addresses various topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. If you would like more information about the minor, please visit the following webpage: http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english/minors/queer_studies.php.
If you need information about additional resources, please check here: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/policies/titleIX.php
If you are in need of housing accommodations for any concerns related to gender identity/expression or sexual orientation, please contact Bridget McCormick, Assistant Director of Administration, through the housing office in Seal Hall. Bridget can be reached at email@example.com or 309-298-3320.
If you have a conflict with your roommate, you are encouraged to try to work out the conflict. If you are unable to work it out, you may seek assistance from the Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor. If the RA is not available, then the Complex Director or Assistant Complex Director of the hall can provide support. All of the Complex Directors have a first floor office or can be reached through the front desk. Possible solutions include mediation between roommates, a roommate agreement approach, or exploring options for moving to another location. Students can look into moving any time after the first 10 days of the semester. The moving process can be facilitated through the Hall Clerk in each building, located on the first floor.
Should any incident happen in the residence halls, you have the following options:
1. You may directly contact the Office of Public Safety at 309-298-1949 to make a report.
2. You may work with your hall staff (beginning with the RA or Complex Directors in the hall) to make an internal report or to seek help in contacting the Office of Public Safety to make a report.
3. For non-emergency needs, you may contact the front desk of the community to contact a Residence Life staff member. Community desks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Often times, the Office of Public Safety and the University Housing and Dining Staff work together to address concerns students have about potential policy violations, incidents in the halls, or even incidents that occur elsewhere on campus. Both Pubic Safety and University Housing and Dining are here to support you, they just need to know what support you need.
General information about student health insurance can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/beu_health_center/insurance.php.
There is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that includes information about how you can be referred to a specialist or be seen without insurance (see http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/beu_health_center/faqs.php).
If you have any additional or unanswered question about health insurance or medical care, please contact Beu Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing Your Name
If you would like to change your name, the policy for doing so can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/registrar/forms/Name_Change.pdf
Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
If you have experienced discrimination based on your sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression, please see WIU’s non-discrimination policy, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The policy can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/policies/nondiscrim.php. In addition, the process for how to report a violation of this policy can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/policies/discrim.php.
Additional information about WIU’s non-discrimination policy in regards to gender identity/expression can be found at: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/policies/titleIX.php. This webpage also addresses WIU’s policies regarding sexual misconduct. These policies (also referred to as Title IX) apply to same-sex couples and to any misconduct perpetrated by anyone on anyone.
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LGBT*QA Resource Center
University Union - First Floor
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455