GVSU's Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center
The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center offers many programs and resources to enrich and support the LGBTQIA+ campus community. Through a combination of educational programming and community-building opportunities, students connect with each other, the Center, and the university.
Located in room 1161 in the Russel H. Kirkhof Center, the LGBT Resource Center is a community space where students meet with friends, spend time between classes, and access LGBTQIA+ inclusive resources.
The Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year, including featured guest speakers, Queer Connections Mentoring Program, Queer and Trans 101 workshops, Lavender Graduation, and events celebrating National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Visibility, and more.
The Center also hosts a number of on-going programs facilitated by student leaders. First-year Queer Alliance (FQA) helps first-year LGBTQIA+ and allied students develop strategies for a successful first year by creating meaningful connections to each other and the campus community. Loud and Queer (L&Q) empowers LGBTQIA+ students in the second year and beyond by fostering a community of learning, celebration, and solidarity. T2 is a weekly group for transgender and non-binary students as well as those questioning or exploring their gender. Ace of Clubs is a group for students who identify on the asexual or aromantic spectrums and meets twice a month to provide a space of support, discussion, and engagement.
Mission: The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center advocates for institutional equity, promotes community-building, and provides educational opportunities to create an informed, cohesive, and just campus where community members of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations are supported and welcome.
Vision: The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center collaborates with campus and community partners to create an inclusive and equitable environment where all are empowered to be their authentic selves. Our advocacy work advances GVSU’s commitment to a campus climate that celebrates and engages people of all gender identities, gender presentations, and sexual orientations. Using an intersectional framework, the Center promotes a more equitable campus, region, and world that values social justice and centers the needs of the most vulnerable people.