Student Affairs - Fostering Student Learning and Success

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Mission and Values

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:

1. Educational Programs

2. Direct Support and Advocacy

3. Social and Cultural Events

Programs, services, and advocacy efforts are guiding by 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.


The Center provides various educational programs on LGBTQ topics to the University campus and surrounding communities:

Presentations and Workshops

Topics include: “LGBTIQ 101,” “Gender Identity and Gender Expression,” and “Intentionally Inclusive Health Care for LGBTIQA+ identified People.”

Technical Assistance

We offer consultation and “best practice” guides for designing more inclusive forms, curricula, promotional materials, events, and more!

Resource Library

The LGBTQ Center maintains a resource library with approximately 600 holdings (books, video, and brochures). Anyone with a PID number can check out these holdings (brochures are available for free and do not have to be returned).

LGBTQ Leadership Lunch

Monthly lunchtime session on a topic that will help LGBTIQA+ identified students, faculty, staff and community members and allies refine and develop leadership skills relevant to their personal and professional lives.

Graduate Speaker Series

The UNC LGBTQ Center and the Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program co-sponsor this speaker series to share the work of graduate and professional students, UNC faculty, and local researchers conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Safe Zone

The Safe Zone program is is a symbol of this University’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Its purpose is to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community.

Other Educational Programs

The Center sponsors and co-sponsors speakers, film presentations, and other performances designed to raise awareness and educate the campus and community about a variety of topics. Sometimes these events are targeted to LGBTQ-identified people specifically (e.g., the Healthy Relationships programs) and sometimes these events are designed to address topics relevant to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (e.g., a speaker who addresses the simultaneous and intersecting impacts of racism, disability, and heterosexism across various identity groups).

Social and Cultural Events

The Center hosts social and cultural events that allow LGBTIQA+ and allied communities to gather for meeting new people, mutual support, and networking throughout the school year:

Welcome Back Celebration

Start off the school year with a casual social where LGBTIQA+ individuals and allies can get to know one another and learn about groups, clubs, and upcoming events!

North Carolina Pride Parade

We invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join us for North Carolina’s annual Pride parade. NC Pride is held during September in Durham, near Duke University’s East Campus.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Each November, we memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender violence. We also take time to celebrate the resilience of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Lavender Graduation

On the Sunday before Spring Commencement, we honor recipients of the LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards, graduating Sexuality Studies minors, LGBTIQA+ identified students, and their allies with a special ceremony.

First Friday Open House

Join us for snacks, fun games and socializing at the LGBTQ Center lounge on the first Friday of each month.

Graduate Social Hour and a Half (G-SHAH)

G-SHAH is an informal biweekly meetup for graduate and professional students, their friends, family, and partners to connect and build community at rotating locations throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Direct Support

The LGBTQ Center provides direct support to students, staff, and faculty through groups, meetings, and resources.

Trans Talk Tuesday

A biweekly discussion group for students,faculty, staff, and community members that identify as transgender, and genderqueer,or who are questioning their gender.

One-on-One Meetings

Students are encouraged to schedule on- or off-campus meetings with Center staff to discuss identity, coming out, relationships, or any topic on their mind. Faculty and staff can also take advantage of this resource to talk about their own identities, workplace situations, or ways they can create more inclusive spaces for students.

Confidential Drop-In Hours with GVSCs

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators hold weekly drop-in hours at the Center as a resource for anyone who has experienced interpersonal and gender-based violence either before or during their time at Carolina.


The Center’s Director and Assistant Director serve on numerous Student Affairs committees as well as University wide, interdepartmental committees. Through participation on these committees, the Center staff members advocate for inclusive policies, practices, and procedures as well as for program and service designs that are inclusive of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Examples of this kind of committee work include participation on committees such as the Student Affairs Inclusion and Accessibility Theme Team, Department of Housing and Residential Education Cultural Competency Committee, the Diversity Education Team, and the Provost’s Committee on LGBT Life.

In addition to advocacy through committee participation, Center staff members also are available to support University staff, faculty, students, and alumni who are experiencing marginalization, harassment, discrimination or other negative situations due to their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Center staff can assist individuals in reporting negative experiences and or mediating discussions with individuals and/or supervisors involved in the situation. As staff members recognize any patterns regarding these types of incidents they make suggests about education and training opportunities that might be useful for that department, organization, or area as well as recommendations regarding policy or procedural changes.

Should you experience harassment, we are available to support and guide you as you navigate the situation.