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FAU Opens Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
BOCA RATON, FL (March 16, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Student Affairs recently established the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allies) Center at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Located within the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the center provides a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to share their experiences with one another.
“We created the center to establish a place lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students can call home and talk about their experiences and issues,” said Juan Izaguirre, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at FAU. “We’re also providing a safe place for students who are questioning their sexual identity and for allies of gays and lesbians who also might need to talk or learn more.”
The idea for the center began after the creation of the FAU task force on LGBT issues and the “Safe Zone” training conducted by FAU’s Today and Beyond Wellness Center. Safe Zone prepares individuals in the university community to act as allies for LGBT students who need support.
“LGBT students are often faced with additional stressors on top of those that every college student deals with,” said Lauren Ann Walleser, the center’s graduate assistant. “In addition to studying, they’re beginning the stages of coming out, or dealing with harassment or bullying on and off campus. The center is a place for fostering celebration of one’s identity and can direct students to resources they may not otherwise know how to find.”
Professional staff and trained volunteers are available to offer emotional support in addition to Counseling Center resources, and literature and videos on gender orientation also will be provided at the center. Future activities include a mixture of social and educational events.
For more information, contact Juan Izaguirre at 561-297-3959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.