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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center works to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for UNC-Chapel Hill community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
We address this mission by allocating our resources across three broad areas:
Programs, services, and advocacy efforts are guided our values:
In keeping with the official UNC-Chapel Hill Policy on Non-Discrimination, the LGBTQ Center is committed in policy, practice, environmental design, and staff/volunteer behavior to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, socio-economic or educational backgrounds, racial or ethnic backgrounds, ability/disability statuses, religious/spiritual affiliations or nonaffiliations, creed, genetic information, and veteran's status. Our staff engages in ongoing diversity education, training, and self-reflection to ensure that our programs, services, materials, and policies are broadly inclusive of all forms of diversity.
Intersectional social Justice
Our programs are developed with an intersectional social justice framework. This framework recognizes that people experience the world in very different ways depending on the constellation of identities they hold and the ways that those identities are privileged and/or marginalized by the existing institutional structures and societal norms.
Accountability and Consent
The Center expects professional and student staff to abide the following expectations, and assist visitors or program participants in fostering a welcoming environment by doing the same.
- Confirm consent for all interactions
- Respect others' boundaries and trust your own
- Do not presume to know others' identities
- Take responsibility for and learn from mistakes
- Challenge your preconceptions
The LGBTQ Center strives also to reduce environmental impact by recycling, using recycled and 'green' products when possible, and by minimizing use of printed materials for promotional purposes.