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Gender & Sexuality Center

The Gender and Sexuality Center serves women and LGBTIQA communities by providing and fostering a campus environment that promotes inclusion and understanding around issues of gender and sexuality through education, outreach, and advocacy for all members of the OU community.
FALL 2014

Seeking Cast & Crew for The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on V-Day
Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women.
For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences
and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper
consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.

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Upcoming Events:
  • 10/9: SAFE On Campus Training, Lake Huron, 12-2pm
  • 10/9: GSA's Coming Out Monologues, Gold AB, 7-9pm
  • 10/10: Guess Who's Gay Panel, Fireside Lounge, 12-1pm
  • 10/15: 3rd Annual Bra Show, Fireside Lounge, 7-9pm
  • 10/20-10/24: Silent Witness Exhibit, Fireside Lounge, All Day
  • 10/22: SAFE On Campus Training, Lake Huron, 12-2pm

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GSC Newsletter September 2013

GSC Newsletter October 2013
GSC Newsletter November 2013

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S.A.F.E. (Students, Administrators & Faculty for Equality) On Campus is a dedicated team of students, administrators and faculty members who are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity. The team also educates themselves and the university community on current issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA) people.

To become a recognized "Ally" in the S.A.F.E. On Campus program, individuals take part in a two-hour training session and sign a S.A.F.E. On Campus agreement. Allies are given a S.A.F.E. On Campus placard and button to display in their office or living space to help the OU community identify the allies, thereby recognizing that they are a person who is knowledgeable about LGBTIQA resources and issues and willing to assist them in a variety of ways.

S.A.F.E. On Campus is not created to be a counseling program, but rather an avenue through which allies can actively show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA) people at Oakland University. 

To book a training for your organization or department, please fill out the form.

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The Queer Peers Mentoring Program is an innovative program that we are excited to bring back to Oakland University.  The mission of the program is to promote connections and positive identities by providing support and empowerment one student at a time.  It matches new LGBT students, with one year or less at OU, with existing LGBT students with two years or more at OU.  Through one-to-one peer mentoring, new LGBT students have the opportunity to gain support, confidence, acceptance and guidance as they begin their academic careers at OU.  With this unique avenue of support, students will gain confidence in themselves and comfort in their new surroundings.  In a safe environment that values diversity and inclusion, students can focus their energy and time toward their academic and personal growth.

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The GSC Lending Library is available to all OU Students, Staff, and Faculty with their OU e-mail address for a period of 2 weeks per book. Our collection consists of books related to LGBTIQA issues and women's studies topics. We gladly accept your used books in the fields of LGBTIQA or women's studies!

GSC Lending Library Updated Fall 2012

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Campus Resources Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault | LGBTQ Resources | Online Resources |   HIV/AIDS Testing

Campus Resources

Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Student Organization
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Lake Michigan Room--OC
Mailbox located in the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center

Feminist Activism Forum (FAF) Student Organization
Meeting Time: TBD
Mailbox located in the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center

LGBT Media Club
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00p.m. in the GSC
Mailbox located in the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center

Meeting Time: Currently Inactive

Mailbox located in the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center

Center for Multicultural Initiatives
(248) 370-4404
121 North Foundation Hall

Dean of Students Office
(248) 370-3352
144 Oakland Center

Grizzlies Response: Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
(248) 370-3496
203 Wilson Hall

Graham Health and Counseling Center
(248) 370-2341 (Health Center) or (248) 370-3465 (Counseling Center)
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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

24-Hour Crisis and Support Line: 248-334-1274 or toll-free 877-922-1274

HAVEN's mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment and prevention services throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities.  They offer individual/family/group counseling, victim advocacy, supervised parenting time, prevention education, and emergency shelter.

Common Ground
24 Hour Crisis and Resource Line: 1-800-231-1127
Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults and families in crisis.

Turning Point
24-hour Crisis and Support Line: 586-463-6990
Turning Point operates from four locations: a 39-bed emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis line, a combined outreach, administrative office and second hand store, a Personal Protection Order Office, and a Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiners Program.

SASHA Center
Our mission at the SASHA Center is to increase awareness, provide resources and educate the public about sexual assault, provide culturally specific peer support groups to self identified survivors of rape and to increase justice and visibility for survivors in Southeast Michigan.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
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LGBTQ Resources

The Trevor Helpline
A free and confidential suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7.
866-4-U-Trevor or 866-488-7386

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
A national gay and lesbian multimedia watchdog dedicated to “promoting fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.”

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
A national organization of parents, educators, students and concerned citizens working to end homophobia in K-12 schools and to ensure all students of all sexual orientations are valued and respected.

Human Rights Campaign
The United States’ largest gay and lesbian national lobbying organization, which focuses on comprehensive lesbian and gay rights and HIV/AIDS issues.

International Foundation for Gender Education
An advocate and educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity.

Intersex Society of North America
Devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anatomy that someone decides is not standard for male or female.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
This organization works to secure civil rights for LGBTQ people and people with HIV via education, public policy work and litigation. Lambda’s work addresses discrimination in employment, housing and the military; AIDS and HIV-related policy and health care reform; parenting and relationship issues; challenging anti-gay ballot initiatives and sodomy laws; and immigration.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Self-described as the “frontline activist organization and national resource center for grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations.”

PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
This national nonprofit grassroots organization promotes the well being of LGBTQ people, their families and friends through education and advocacy.
 (Detroit Chapter)

Equality Michigan
Michigan's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
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Women's Resources

National Organization for Women
NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

National Network of Abortion Funds

The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. - See more at:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. - See more at:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. - See more at:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. - See more at:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. - See more at:
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

Northland Family Planning Centers
A dedicated, passionate group of professionals who care deeply about women's reproductive health.

1 in 3 Campaign
The 1 in 3 campaign builds on the success of prior social change movements, harnessing the power of storytelling to engage and inspire action and strengthen support for abortion access

Online Resources

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
MCADSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state's survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic and sexual violence in Michigan.

Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence

Campus Pride

Serves as a national network for LGBTQ student leaders.

Delta Lambda Phi
Fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive gentlemen.

QueerAmerica is a database published by OutProud, the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth. With more than 5,000 entries, it's the largest collection of queer resources in the nation and includes information on community centers, support organizations, PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians And Gays) chapters, queer youth groups and more.

Stop the Hate
Campus crime prevention program that supports colleges and universities in preventing and combating hate on campus as well as providing anti-hate educational resources for higher education.

Point Foundation
A scholarship for LGBT students.
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HIV/AIDS Testing

AIDS Partnership Michigan

AIDS Partnership Michigan is the most passionately committed HIV/AIDS organization in the area. They are interested in only two things: prevention of the disease and providing the very best services for those who are infected.

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center
Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Ferndale was founded on the philosophy that "gay is good, you are not alone." The center provides a welcoming place to everyday people, where they can have fun, learn, socialize, grow, be supported and find acceptance.

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The Gender & Sexuality Center relies on volunteers to run successfully. Volunteers are charged with welcoming center users, providing resources to those in need, maintaining the center, and assisting with any special projects as needed. Those interested in volunteering are asked to submit an application and attend a mandatory training that occurs once per semester. If you are interested in becoming a GSC volunteer or have questions, please e-mail the GSC at

Unable to donate your time? The GSC is always in need of the following items:

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Fall 2013 meeting schedule

Feminist Activism Forum: TBD

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA): Thursdays 12pm in Lk Michigan Rm-OC
LGBT Media Club: Tuesdays 12pm in GSC

Contact Us: 
Grace Wojcik
49D Oakland Center
Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality Center
(248) 370-4333

Overall Campus Pride Score: 4/5