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Gender & Sexuality Center

The Gender and Sexuality Center is dedicated to providing services and education on issues of gender and sexuality for the Oakland University community through resources, referrals, programs and advocacy.

We strive to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community that supports and welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The GSC is Oakland University's women's resource center and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA) resource center. Allies are always welcome!


The GSC is currently seeking volunteers and student panelists for Winter 2014. If you are interested, please contact

Join us January 8th at 12pm in Room 126 of the Oakland Center
to become a new S.A.F.E. On Campus ally!

Have you seen our newsletter? Get caught up today!
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 the Gender and Sexuality Center 
Mailbox located in the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center

Students Advocating for Gender Awareness (SAGA) Student Organization
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 5pm in Cafe O'Bears
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

V-Day Oakland University Vagina Monologues
Meeting Time: TBD

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

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

Center for Student Activities
(248) 370-2400
49 Oakland Center

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.

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)

Triangle Foundation
Michigan's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
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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.

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
This site was created by university and college professionals who work in offices servicing LGBTQ populations.

GLBT-focused Internet search engine.

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.

Queer Resources Directory
The Queer Resources Directory contains 25,488 files about everything queer.

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.

Lambda 10 Project
Online community for gay, lesbian and bisexual fraternity issues.

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

AIDS Partnership Michigan

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.

Graham Health and Counseling Center
(248) 370-2341 (Health Center) or (248) 370-3465 (Counseling Center)
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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: Every other Tuesday 5pm in GSC

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA): Thursdays 12pm in GSC
LGBT Media Club: Wednesdays 3:30pm in GSC
Thursdays 1pm in GSC
V-Day Oakland University: TBD

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

Overall Campus Pride Score: 4/5