By Sergio Gonzalez
From the very beginning of their foundation, community colleges have demonstrated a commitment to their founding principles of access, affordability, and quality to education. However, community colleges across the country lack proactive support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ+) students, staff, and faculty. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights community colleges that are not only MSIs, but also have LGBTQ+ centers on their campuses.
1. Century College LGBTQ Center
Designated as an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution), Century College is the first community and technical college in Minnesota with a designated space for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The LGBTQ Center is designed to be an open and inclusive space for anyone – particularly those exploring their sexual and gender identity/expression. The mission of the LGBTQ Center is to provide resources and support services to meet the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of LGBTQIA2S+ students, staff, faculty, and allies. For more information, click here.
2. Community College of Denver LGBTQ Resource Center
Located on the Auraria Campus, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center is a tri-institutional office serving the students, faculty, and staff of the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado at Denver. Known as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), the Community College of Denver’s LGTBQ Student Resource Center strives to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA students by fostering acceptance and understanding through educating the campus community about issues related to this population. They continually develop programming that unites diverse communities of people, and provide support services and growth opportunities for LGBTQIA students to realize their fullest potential. For more information, click here.
3. Mt. San Antonio College Pride Center
Recognized as an AANAPISI, Mt. SAC’s Pride Center provides a safe, supportive, and educational space for students across the gender sexuality spectrum. The Pride Center provides services that promote student success, including computer and printing services, tutoring, mentoring, a lending library, research assistance with an in-house Librarian, and academic support from faculty across various disciplines. The Pride Center also provides academic, professional, and therapeutic support with small group discussions, as well as educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the surrounding community to learn more about how best to support students’ achievement of their educational and professional goals. Additional information can be found here.
4. City College of San Francisco Queer Resource Center
Located in the heart of the Bay Area, The Queer Resource Center seeks to empower the lives of the LGBTQQI students at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The intention of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to provide a safe, open, and confidential atmosphere where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their allies can gather openly and discuss relevant issues. The QRC provides opportunity to create community, get vital health literature and information, and help with academic planning, LGBT scholarship prospects, and educational goals. For more information, click here.