Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success to re-open in Memorial Union


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Jarrel Johnson, a graduate student in education, holds a Gay pride flag during the National Coming Out Day photo shoot at The Center on Oct. 11. The month of October is LGBTQIA+ History Month.

Logan Metzger

The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success will have its grand opening in its new space from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in 3224 Memorial Union.

According to the Center website, brief remarks will begin at 5:05 p.m. with an unveiling ceremony at 5:10 p.m. A guided tour of the new Center will start at 5:30 p.m. with remarks after.

The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success has officially moved to 3224 Memorial Union from its previous location in the Student Services building. The Center is located near the parking ramp on the third floor of the southeast side of the Memorial Union.

“I’m really excited to have a safe space for myself and others to come relax and be our authentic selves,” said Nicole Mattson, freshman in mathematics. “I’m looking forward to having an inclusive area for doing even the simplest things like having a place to do homework, relax with friends or sit down to eat lunch.”

An easy way to find the new location of the Center is to locate the Multicultural Center on the second floor of the Memorial Union by the parking ramp. Then, take the elevator located next to the entrance to the Multicultural Center and press “3S” which stands for third-floor south. The elevator doors will open directly to the Center.

A big part of the new Center space is its close proximity to gender-inclusive bathrooms. Additionally, two more gender-inclusive bathrooms are located on the second floor. Elevator access to the second-floor bathrooms is available immediately outside of the Center entrance and the Multicultural Center.

“I think the new Center space will be a great addition to our campus and will help so many students meet people similar to them,” Mattson said. “It will also be a much larger environment for everyone to be themselves and find joy in that as well as other people who are working on that too.”