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