The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Resource Center is dedicated to improving the educational environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumnae by providing a safe space for LGBTQ community members and allies at the College of Staten Island.
The LGBTQ Center embraces the diversity of the CSI community and provides resources and programs for campus members
It encourages a confidential support network and operates as a source of information about counseling and other resources available on campus and throughout the region for LGBTQ, allies and their families. The Center raises awareness about issues important to LGBTQ people and encourages community service by CSI students and organizations that serve LGBTQ people on campus, on Staten Island and throughout New York City. The Center organizes activities, panels and speakers on a variety of LGBTQ topics every semester.
The Center offers a Safe Space and Drop-in Library consisting of magazines, books and DVDs. A list of the Drop-in Centers books can be found at: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/CSI-LGBTQ-Center
LGBTQ Support Group
The Resource Center holds an LGBTQ Support Group every semester in which you can feel safe as an LGBTQ student to discuss what’s going on in your life, LGBTQ topics, or anything else you desire with peers and a facilitator. This is a group for you to receive and give support, learn about other people’s experiences, and be in a safe place for exploration. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Coming Out, Activism, Homophobia, LGBTQ Rights, the Media, Family, College Life, Identity, Sex, Safety, World Politics, Friendship, Relationships. For more information on the next LGBTQ Support Group please contact the LGBTQ Resource Center: 718.982.3091.
Safezone Training/Ally Training
The Resource Center also holds Ally and Safe Zone Training every semester to help train student, faculty and staff. Through training participants learn how to use inclusive language, identify societal prejudices and the importance of being an outspoken ally to the LGBTQ Community. For more information on the next training please contact the Office of Student Life: 718-982-3091.
“Pride Kamp” is an annual one day conference held at the beginning of every Fall semester as a welcoming, teaching, and leadership development for LGBT and Ally students. The day includes a keynote speaker, roundtable discussions, Ally training, lunch, and a meet & greet with LGBTQ and Ally faculty/staff. Pride Kamp allows students to connect with others, discuss issues important to the LGBT and Ally community, foster a connection between students and educators, and be aware of the resources available to them. The mission of this conference is to ensure that students know they have opportunity and support on campus from the moment they begin their education. Pride Kamp is brought to you by the Office of Student Life-LGBTQ Resource Center and Pluralism & Diversity.
Lavender Graduation Reception
The LGBTQ Resource Center also hosts an annual Lavender Graduation Reception. The Lavender Graduation Reception is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students at the College of Staten Island. We seek to recognize graduating students, former alumni and current faculty and staff. The Lavender Graduation Reception provides a safe space to honor those graduating students, not only for their scholastic achievements, but for their successes, challenges, obstacles, and achievements navigating their time at CSI as a member of the LGBTQ community. We seek to recognize and honor students, not only for what they have done, but for being who they are.
Lavender is held the day before commencement so please be sure to contact Jeremiah Jurkiewicz to register when it comes time for you to graduate as we would like to honor you. For more information on how to participate please contact Jeremiah Jurkiewicz by email at Jeremiah.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-982-3091
You can also find out more information about the LGBTQ Resource Center by contacting the Office of Student Life, Campus Center, 1C-201 or via telephone at 718.982.3091.