The goals of the SOGI Initiative are to provide a safe and welcoming space, to create a more supportive and inclusive campus climate that encourages the success of all students, staff, faculty and administrators regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, to increase awareness of the realities that face gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex (GLBTQQI) people, and to advocate for the larger GLBTQQI community.
The purpose of this organization is to provide supportive, educational, outreach, and community events, activities, and networking opportunities for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and visitors in the School of Education and Human Services who identify as GLBTQQI, and allies.
The acronym in the title of this initiative, SOGI (soh’-jee), was chosen specifically because it is an all-inclusive term. All people have a sexual orientation towards others, as well as a sense of self that rests somewhere along a continuum of feminine to masculine, even if either – or both – may shift at different times in life. If we are to enact positive change toward equality and social justice, we must understand that SOGI issues are not about them; SOGI issues are about us – the students, educators and civic leaders who care for all who come into our schools, businesses and communities, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. SOGI issues are not theirs; SOGI issues are ours.
Gender and Sexuality CenterThe Gender and Sexuality Center
(GSC) is Oakland University's women's resource center and lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and allied
(LGBTIQQA) resource center. The GSC is dedicated to providing services
and education on issues of gender and sexuality for the Oakland
University community through resources, referrals, programs and
advocacy. It strives to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus
community that supports and welcomes people of all sexual orientations
and gender identities. The GSC is located in the lower level of the
Oakland Center next to the CSA service window.
Graham Health CenterGraham Health Center
provides convenient, affordable, high quality health care right on
campus. We are staffed by certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician
Assistants who have extensive education and clinical training. A
physician visits weekly to review cases, consult, and see patients who
require physician care.
LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group
The LGBTQIA ERG
Mission is to foster an inclusive, open campus community, and to
advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer/questioning, intersex and allied people. By supporting diversity
and inclusion visibility & initiatives we also support the diversity
and full inclusion and achievements of our student body.
OU Counseling Center
The Oakland University Counseling Center,
located in the Graham Health Center has been serving the students and
staff of the university for over 30 years. We provide a broad range of
mental health services which include:
- Personal Counseling
- Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing
- Career Testing and Counseling
- Substance Abuse Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention
- Consultation and Outreach
- Crisis Intervention
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural InitiativesOffice of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
serves as a resource and is charged with promoting and furthering the
university's commitment to the principles of diversity inclusion and
equal opportunity. The Oakland University Board of Trustees has made an
unwavering commitment to equality of opportunity for all persons. In a
society that relies on an informed, educated citizenry, no one should be
denied the opportunity to attain his or her fullest potential.
Therefore, the university has established a goal to build a community
that welcomes and honors all persons and provides equal opportunity in
education and employment consistent with all applicable laws.