Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the Resource Office works in conjunction with our sister center, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, to help prepare students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society. We work each day to develop tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change.
Since 2011, we have served the entire ECU campus from our office in B-103 Brewster Building. We are open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our resources include a lending library; information on campus, local, and national resources; and two computer workstations, in addition to a social area and offices for our staff. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs and events, and participate in national campaigns such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day and “Gay? Fine by Me.” We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office-everyone is always welcome!
Lavender Launch 2018
NEW DATE: Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm
Lavender Launch is the annual celebration of the achievements of our LGBT and Ally graduates. You are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center as we honor our 2018 graduates.
For students who are graduating in May 2018, August 2018, or December 2018, and would like to participate in the ceremony, register here. The deadline to register is April 13.
ECU EARNS PREMIER CAMPUS DISTINCTION
Campus Pride Index award rating of 4.5
East Carolina University has been recognized by Campus Pride for its institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program, and practice. ECU received a 4.5-star rating based on a five-point scale on the Campus Pride Index, which is the primary LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for assisting college campuses to create safer, more inclusive campus communities and learning environments.
An ECU leadership team from the Division of Student Affairs provided Campus Pride with documentation from eight LGBTQ-friendly inclusive categories: policy, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention.
The overall 4.5-star rating earns ECU the designation of Premier Campus. In fact, ECU scored a perfect 5-star rating in the categories of LGBTQ support and institutional commitment and campus safety. ECU, along with UNC Greensboro, received the highest score among UNC System institutions participating in the Campus Pride Index.
Adding to our institutional commitment to LGBTQ inclusion, the new Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center opens in the new Main Campus Student Center in November 2018. This will be the largest resource office in the UNC system.
The Campus Pride Index is an excellent resource for students and their families who are seeking LGBTQ friendly campuses and serves as a valuable recruiting instrument for the University. Prospective students, families/parents, and those interested in higher education can search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses committed to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.
The Student Affairs leadership team was comprised of:
- Jon Cockerham – ECU Student
- Ellen Goldberg – Associate Director of Clinical Operations in Student Health Services
- Kathy Hill – Director of Student Affairs Assessment Research and Retention
- Dr. Erik Kneubuehl – Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership
- Aaron Lucier – Associate Director for Housing Operations
- Mark Rasdorf – Associate Director for the LGBT Resource Office
- Wanda Tyler – Director of Intercultural Affairs
Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Since 2007, the Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities. The free online tool allows prospective students, families/parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses who have come out to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.
SAFE ZONE TRAININGS ANNOUNCED
Registration available via Cornerstone
The LGBT Resource Office announces the following Safe Zone trainings:
Monday, May 14, 2-5 pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244
Thursday, May 17, 9 am to Noon in Laupus Library, Room 1504
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the East Carolina Heart Institute Auditorium
Friday, June 15, 9 am to Noon, in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244
Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender in a non-judgmental, safe, educational environment. The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Trainings are offered throughout the year on Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus.
Registration for ECU faculty and staff is open through Cornerstone.
Coffee House, every Wednesday at 7 pm
Coffee House is an informal weekly gathering for students, facilitated by Zachary Dale and Hunter Roberts, graduate assistants in the LGBT Resource Office. Planned topics for this semester include trans health, gender and sexuality, intersectionality, and faith & the LGBT community.
7:00 pm in Brewster B-104
Spring 2018 Calendar of Events
NOTE: NEW DATE for Lavender Launch is Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm.