About Us

 We are located in Tivoli Student Union, Room 213

(303)556-6333

Steve Willich - Director
(303) 556-6488

Kyla Hines - Assistant Director 
(303) 556-6488

Our office offers a variety of support, education and advocacy services for the entire campus community including:

  • Support for those who may have questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Advocacy for students experiencing discrimination or harassment based on a real or perceived gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity
  • Speakers bureau for classes and events on various aspects of sexual orientation, gender identity and related issues
  • Training programs and workshops about combating homophobia & transphobia, working with LGBTQ individuals, and sensitivity considerations
  • Library of books and videos available for research and leisure
  • Educational, academic, and social events such as National Coming Out Day, Bi/Pan/Fluid Awareness Day, World AIDS Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance and many others, providing information and analogue about LGBT issues

 

-  Our History

 

The summer of 1992 was pivotal for the advancement of the LGBTQ+ community, nationally and locally. As national attacks against gay and lesbian rights flared across the country, a Presidential Task Force on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns was appointed. During this time, Metropolitan State University's Provost Council, a division of MSU Denver's Student Affairs, and staff members from the Office of Admissions participated in an educational seminar on issues facing LGBTQ students from which MSU Denver began to require student organizations sign a non-discrimination policy, which included sexual orientation, in order to be officially recognized by the college. Although the college supported the non-discrimination policy, ROTC and religious organizations were exempt from signing the policy. At that point, the Auraria Lesbian and Gay Alliance organized a rally and presented former MSU Denver president, Dr. Thomas D. Brewer, with a list of demands, including a task force to review campus climate issues for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Brewer appointed and changed the task force in the summer of 1992. The number one recommedation of the task force was the creation of an office to serve the needs of LGBTQ students. Shortly after the recommendations, the Student Affairs Board funded a temporary half-time position for a coordinator of GLB Student Services. 

In October of 1992, the task force presented Dr. Brewer a set of recommendations. The number one recommendation of the task force was the creation of an office to serve the needs of LGBT students. Shortly after the recommendations, the Student Affairs Board funded a temporary half-time position for a Coordinator of GLB Student Services. The position eventually grew into a full time task with Karen Bensen as Director.

 

 

 

 


Services

Our Services Include

Community Building: Drop-in social and study spaces, social events, and discussion groups. 

Advocacy and Support: Discrimination and harassment issues, navigating campus policies, creating a safer and more inclusive campus through policy changes, and advising students on issues like coming out, STDs, relationships, racism, and homo/bi/transphobia.

Resources: Community and campus organizations, information on STD testing, safer sex supplies, and a lending library with 2000+ books and DVDs.

Education: Informative events on identities and issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, Safe Zone Ally trainings, and classroom presentations. 


Contact Us

Phone: 303-615-0515
Fax: 720-778-5749
lgbtq.auraria.staff@gmail.com

We are located in Tivoli 213

Hours:

Monday - Thursday
   9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday
   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours:

 

Monday - Friday
   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mailing Address:
LGBTQ Student Resource Center
Campus Box 74
PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217