The Qube, a resource center in rooms 141-143 of Merle M. Price Commons, will hold a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting from 4:40-5 p.m. Thursday, March 7. An open house, with tours, free snacks and giveaways, will last from noon to 6 p.m.
Members of the campus community and public are invited to attend and learn more about Qube programs and services.
“Over the past four years, the LGBTQ Program Office has collected many personal accounts of students feeling isolated and fearful due to the lack of a staffed office on campus that provides easy access to information and support,” said Julie Miller, LGBTQ program director. “Members of the campus community need the safe environment that an LGBTQ center provides, especially those individuals who are grappling for the first time with their sexual identity.”
The center will be run by peer support staff. It has resources such as magazines, books, DVDs and other information related to LGBTQ and identity issues. The Qube also will be home for Open Door group meetings and programming. A lounge is available for students to study, socialize, relax or watch TV.
“The Qube provides a visible point of access on campus, enabling LGBTQ students and their allies to find support, information and referrals from same-age peers when they need it,” Miller said. “We’re also eager to introduce the campus to our resource collection, which is available to all members of the campus community, including faculty and staff who would like to increase their LGBTQ IQ.”
Qube hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.
For more information, click here, call 715-232-5622 or email the Qube.