Louisiana Tech University officially opened its LGBTQ+ Resource Center Friday with a ribbon cutting and commemoration of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day.
“Our students come from diverse backgrounds and encounter different challenges. One of our responsibilities – as leaders in higher education – is to smooth the path for our students who have faced unnecessary challenges,” said Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Louisiana Tech is strengthened when we create opportunities for our students to feel welcomed and supported – to help them find a space of belonging within our University – and I know this Center is on its way to becoming that for our students.”
The Center will provide connection and resources for LGBTQ+ students including a gender-affirming clothing closet and study and networking space.
“It’s like a dream culminated,” said Gavin Jones, Tech student and PRISM president. “It’s such an incredible space, such an incredible resource for those in the community. Knowing we have a space for meetings or just for a study session is incredible and something that not many people in the south can say.”
DeVaria Ponton, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said the next step in the development of the Center is hiring a full-time coordinator for the Center to advance the needs of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.
“Today may mark Human Rights Day, but we want to be able to protect human rights every day,” Ponton said.
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