The LGBT Resource Center is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for UCI's diverse lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally communities. We raise awareness, increase visibility, and engage in advocacy reguarding LGBTQQIA issues. In addition, we provide opportunities for leadership and personal development, serve as a resource for LGBTQQIA students, and create programs and services that work to eliminate heterosexism, homophobia, and gender identity oppression. We strive to develop an atmosphere of acceptance and wellbeing in which the campus community can support the academic mission of the university.
Opened Spring Quarter 1995
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center was the result of recommendations made over an eight year period by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Lesbians and Gay Men and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Student Union. On March 11, 1994 former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Horace Mitchell, met with the LGB community and announced that a Resource Center would be established at UCI. He also announced the funding for a full time position to staff the Center. During Winter quarter of 1995, Pat Walsh was selected as the Director of the LGBT Resource Center and 106 Gateway Commons was designated as the Resource Center's home. The LGBT Resource Center officially opened Spring quarter of 1995.
After 12 years in the Gateway Commons location, the LGBT Resource Center moved into the newly opened Student Center during the Fall of 2007. The current location in G301 Student Center South on the third floor of the G building provides more visibility on campus while continuing to be a safe space for UCI's LGBT community.
The Resource Center is housed under the Office of Student Life & Leadership, along with the Cross-Cultural Center, Veteran Services, International Center, Dean of Students, and other student life and leadership programs.