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Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104J
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336
gsc@oakland.edu

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104J
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336
gsc@oakland.edu

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

hands braiding a rainbow colored graduation tassle

Annual Events

The Gender and Sexuality Center is proud to host a number of campus events supporting the LGBTQIA community at Oakland University. For more information on any of the below events, either visit the Gender and Sexuality Center in the Oakland Center, Room 47 or email us at GSC@oakland.edu.

Event locations and details vary, registration maybe required.

LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception

The LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception is held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, and is open to all students, staff and faculty. The reception offers the opportunity to become familiar with the LGBTQIA programs and services available at OU, as well as meet staff from the Gender and Sexuality Center. The event also introduces the leadership of the LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group and the executive board of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance. Food and refreshments are provided for those in attendance. No registration is required.

This year's LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception will take place on September 15, 2022 beginning at Noon in Ballroom A of the Oakland Center.

Jump Start for LGBTQIA Students (Returning in August 2023)

Jump Start for LGBTQ+ Students is an annual event held just before the Fall semester to help ease the transition from high school to college for incoming LGBTQ+ students. The event is a great way to network with new students, and meet members of the LGBTQ+ community including members of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance and LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group. The event also brings former alumni became to campus to share valuable advice on campus involvement and for professional development. Additionally, the event offers students the opportunity to learn about available campus resources. Food is provided and registration is required.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Centered around November 20th of every year, though the event date is flexible, Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those lives that were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Though the event details change from year to year, previous years have included, vigils, panel discussions and memorial displays. No registration is required.

World AIDS Day

Centered around December 1 of every year, though the event date is flexible, World AIDS Day is intended to raise awareness of HIV, remember those who have died, and break down the stigma that still surround the disease. Event details vary from year to year, though previous years have included, display of the NAMES Memorial Quilt, guest speakers and filming screenings. Registration is not required.

Lavender Graduation Celebration

Part of Pride Month, and held annually every April, Lavender Graduation Celebration is a way for the Gender and Sexuality Center to celebrate and congratulate students on their graduation. Individuals who are graduating are encouraged to invite family, friends and loved ones to celebrate with. The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. Graduating students are typically rewarded with a rainbow tassel symbolizing their involvement with the LGBTQIA community at OU, and have the opportunity to be recognized at the event. Students can register here to be recognized at the event. 

Pride Month

Pride Month is held every April and is open to all students, staff and faculty. Pride Month is hosted to celebrate OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity with events that raise awareness, promote education, and foster a sense of community. It is our goal to make Pride Month a university-wide collaboration between campus partners to present Oakland University’s students, staff, and faculty and the surrounding community with the opportunity to learn from and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Events include:

  • Lavender Graduation Celebration (registration required)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance's Annual Drag Show
  • Pride Prom
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Film Screenings