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 centers, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the new Women and Gender Office, 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 Friday, 8:00 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, “Gay? Fine by Me,” Bisexual Awareness Week, Asexual Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Visibility. We invite you to visit the LGBT Resource Office–everyone is always welcome!
Welcome Class of 2022!
The LGBT Resource Office will be open throughout the Orientation sessions this summer. We invite you to stop by our office in Brewster B-103 and we will also have a table at the Resource Fair in the Student Recreation Center.
Fall 2018 Calendar of Events Announced
The LGBT Resource Office, a unit within Intercultural Affairs at ECU, announces its Fall 2018 Calendar of Events! In addition to annual events such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and World AIDS Day, the Fall 2018 Speakers series will feature Judy Shepard, Mandy Carter, and Dr. Robin Henderson-Espinoza. HBO’s The Laramie Project, the acclaimed documentary El Canto del Colibri (The Song of the Hummingbird), Dickinson Ave: The (Mostly) True Story of the Paddock Club, and the winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Una Mujer Fantástica (The Fantastic Woman) comprise the Fall Queer Film Series. This Fall will also mark a milestone in the life of ECU’s LGBT Resource Office with the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting of the new Student Center on November 2. The new Student Center will be the home of the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center. The new Peel LGBT Center will provide expanded facilities for the programs and services offered to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, it will also be the largest center of its kind in the UNC system. We will host an Open House for the Peel LGBTQ Center on Saturday, November 3. Further details will be announced shortly.
Fall 2018 Welcome and Social
The LGBT Resource Office invites you to join us for our annual Fall Welcome and Social on Thursday, September 6 at 6 pm in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center.This is your chance to learn more about the office, our programs, and the volunteer opportunities available for students. Representatives from the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the Women and Gender Office, our colleagues in Intercultural Affairs, will share an overview of their work on campus.
The LGBT Resource Office is an educational, resource, referral, and social center open to the entire campus and visitors are always welcome! Click here to RSVP for the Fall Welcome and Social.
SAFE ZONE TRAININGS ANNOUNCED
Registration available via Cornerstone
The LGBT Resource Office announces the following Safe Zone trainings:
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, Great Room 1
Wednesday, July 18, 9 am to Noon in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244
Tuesday, August 7, Noon to 3 pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244
Wednesday, August 8, 1 to 4 pm in Laupus Library, Room 1504
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.
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.