History

The LGBTQ Student Center was estabilshed in June 2016. In 2014, the LGBTQ Task Force completed an assessment of the current level of services for LGBTQ students at the University of Miami and presented its recommendations to President Shalala. Since then, an LGBTQ Task Force Implementation Committee has taken action to implement most of the recommendations in order to make the campus more inclusive for all students and to help guide the supportive programs going forward. One of the most pressing recommendations was the inauguration of an LGBTQ+ center. At the start of the Fall 2016 semester, University of Miami's LGBTQ Student Center opened on the second floor of the Whitten University Center. This space is dedicated to support students of all gender identities/expressions and sexual orientations. The LGBTQ Student Center reports through the Divsion of Student Affairs. Additionally, LGBTQ+ support will be prioritized by the University of Miami Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to ensure an ongoing and dynamic dialogue with measurable results.

 

LGBTQ Task Force

Executive Summary

On June 10, 2013, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Task Force was appointed by Dr. Patricia A. Whitely. The group was composed of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and administrators. The charge was to provide guidance for future consideration based on national trends, researching current demographics and experiences of the University of Miami LGBTQ+ student population, evaluating the existing programs and services, and exploring promising practices at peer and "LGBTQ-friendly" institutions. As a result, the following recommendations were developed for consideration and shared with President Donna E. Shalala in Spring 2014.

Institution-wide

  1. Designate gender-neutral bathrooms.
  2. Include gender and LGBTQ+ identities on the admissions application and other institutional forms.
  3. Incorporate LGBTQ inclusive language in University communication and marketing materials.
  4. Designate professional staff to provide programming oversight and support to the LGBTQ student community.
  5. Target fundraising and development efforts to support LGBTQ initiatives.

Programmatic

  1. Develop a standing committee to manage the Institution's engagement and support of the LGBTQ community.
  2. Implement a peer mentor program for LGBTQ students.
  3. Provide program sessions to discuss LGBTQ campus services during new student orientation.
  4. Provide support to create more inclusive communities for the LGBTQ students within Housing and Residential Life.
  5. Promote LGBTQ inclusive programming.
  6. Implement a campus-wide Safe Zone/Ally Training for students, faculty, and staff.
  7. Host an annual Lavender Graduation.
  8. Provide education and support for members of the athletic and Greek communities.
  9. Designate a space for LGBTQ students that embraces and supports sexuality/gender identity.