August 22, 2014

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new2u copyFall Welcome Event for New and Transfer Students

Monday, August 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Room 6, Basement of the Student Services Building New and transfer students will have an opportunity to meet new Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Ally (LBGTA) students and learn about campus resources, organizations and opportunities!

LBGT Resource Center Fall Open Houses

Wednesday, August 27, 10 am – 6 pm Thursday, August 28, 10 am – 6 pm 302 Student Services (3rd floor) On the 27th and 28th of August, the Center will host two Open Houses! While the Center is open every week day from 9 – 5 pm, this is time to come meet our staff, see our space, and spend some time in the family room. During our Open Houses, pay attention to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more info and for the chance to win AMAZING LBGTRC SWAG! In addition to meeting the Center Staff, this is also a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other campus resources in an informal setting. Our schedule of “guest appearances” so far includes: WEDNESDAY

10 am – 11 am Henry Pug Director of Stress Reduction

11 am - 12 pm Rick Shafer Associate Director of Student Life: “Know Your Rights”

12 pm - 1 pm Zoe Steinfield Volunteer Coordinator and Media Assistant, LBGT Resource Center

1 pm – 2 pm Alex Lange Assistant Director, LBGT Resource Center

2 – 3 pm Jen Grzegorek Counseling Center LGBT Liaison, Counselor, and Facilitator for the OurSpace Support Group

2 – 4 pm Angela Michael and Jody Strank Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

    • Green guest passes for the fitness center will be available to those you want to try it out!

5 – 6 pm Deanna Hurlbert Director, LBGT Resource Center

open house


10 am – noon Ben Chamberlain International Studies and Programs, Office of Study Abroad

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Bess German Honors College

1 – 2 pm Rob Hill Graduate Assistant – New2U Facilitator, LBGT Resource Center

3:30 pm Paulette Granberry Russell Office For Inclusion, and Intercultural Initiatives (OIII)

4 – 6 pm Rick McNeil Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

    • Green guest passes for the fitness center will be available to those you want to try it out!

Time TBD:

Erica Schmittdiel MSU Safe Place/CARE Advocacy Coordinator (Services for those who have experienced relationship violence and stalking; volunteer and internship opportunities as well)

A representative from the Office of Graduate Student Life & Wellness

Sign Up for the First Year Experience Program

Interested in connecting with the Center and learning more about campus through an LBGT lens? Look into our First Year Experience program, New2U! The LBGT Resource Center facilitates a six-week, non-credit first year experience program for LBGT students on campus. Both new undergraduate students as well as entering transfer students are welcome to participate in the program. Check out more information about the program here. You may indicate your interest in the First Year Experience program here! Have questions about the program? Contact Assistant Director of the Center, Alex Lange, at

Volunteer for the Resource Center!

volunteer Are you looking for a way to ENGAGE with and SUPPORT the LBGTQA population or to contribute to EDUCATION, OUTREACH, and ALLY DEVELOPMENT on campus or in a wider community? Then apply to VOLUNTEER at the Center this year! We are looking for folks to support us as: *Greeters *Center Coverage Support *Education/Outreach


For the first two weeks of the semester (Aug 19 – Sept 5), volunteers will greet visitors to the Resource Center. No special training is required, since there will be supervision available during this time period, but applicants must have volunteered with the Center in some capacity before the semester and have been on campus beyond one year. There is no application; please contact Zoe Steinfield if you are interested. Note – if you want to continue to volunteer after the first two weeks, additional training will be required – and you should fill out the application at the end of the next paragraph:


For the rest of the Fall, we are looking for volunteers who will be willing to provide coverage at the front desk – greeting visitors, answering the phones, and filling out contact forms as needed. Volunteers should be friendly, supportive, work well in a diverse environment, and be able to maintain anonymity. Training will be provided on logistics, supportive communication skills, and engagement program planning. That application is on our website.


As the new year begins, we will once again be providing education and outreach programs, including our Speakers Bureau Panels, Guess Who’s Gay events, and outreach to Resource Fairs and other campus-wide events. Anyone may participate in the panel programs; you do not need to be a student. To speak on a panel, please contact Zoe Steinfield to RSVP for a training/update on Sunday, Sept. 21!

LGBTQ International Students and Allies: Welcome to Michigan State!

We are so glad to have you studying here! For more information on LGBTQ life in the USA and the MSU campus community, as well as important free resources that are available to you during your time here, please view our international student fact sheet. If you have any questions, or would like to be connected to LGBTQ student organizations or events on campus, you can always stop by our office in 302 Student Services, on the north side of campus.

formspring-iconAsk Us Anonymous Questions

You can ask us anonymous questions by typing your question into our Formspring box, which can also be used through the little blue widget on the righthand side of our webpage, and one of our staff members will reply.


Tuesday, August 26, 5 – 8 pm Munn Field Sparticipation is a student involvement fair where student organizations, living unit groups, and major governing groups meet new and returning students to inform them about their organization’s purpose and events. Stop by the MSU LBGT Resource Center’s booth and say hi!

Connect with LGBTQ People of Color

QPOCC, the Queer People of Color Coalition, is a student group that meets regularly in the Mosaic Multicultural Unity Center, on the second floor of the MSU Student Union. Check them out on facebook!

Queer Christian Open House

Wednesday, September 3, 7 – 9 pm Student Lounge of the University Lutheran Church Q-CROSS, the LGBTQQ Christian group, will be holding an open house for new members who wish to know more about us. Literature and refreshments will provided for anyone wishing to join. Find them on Facebook.

remix-2014websiteSpartan Remix 2014!

Thursday, September 4, 6 – 9 pm MSU’s Auditorium Field at the Rock This cultural celebration is an event where diverse communities at MSU are represented, including the Black Student Alliance, Asian Pacific American Student Organization, North American Indigenous Student Organization, Culturas de las Razas Unidas, LBGT Resource Center, International Student Association, and Campus Interfaith Council. For more information, contact Meaghan Kozar ( Like the Facebook page and stay-up-to-date with the latest Spartan Remix happenings!

Support Group for Exploring Your Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Fridays, starting September 5, 11 am – 12 pm Contact the facilitator for location OurSpace is a confidential support group for MSU students who wish to explore their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in a confidential setting. It’s facilitated by the MSU Counseling Center’s LBGT Liaison, Dr. Jen Grzegorek. Send her an email or call the Counseling Center at 517-355-8270 for more info or for the location. oursspace

Campus Map for Unisex Restrooms

Our list of unisex restrooms across campus has been compiled into a google map for easy reference, available on our website!

We’re so glad to have our returning students back, and to be meeting our new students! Get ready for a great year! On The Banks Of The Red Cedar, Dee, Alex, Rob, Laura, and Zoe

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