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 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!
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, Room 244
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
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.