The Institute serves the LGBTQ population on campus and in the local community across differences of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, ability, social class, age, nationality, and transnationality. It embraces ISU's conceptual framework, "Educating Illinois," which emphasizes the importance of devoting resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the campus and the wider society.
The LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute was established to increase intellectual and cultural knowledge about LGBTQ people and ideas that have been previously marginalized and ignored in the academy. At the same time, its charge is to promote equity and social justice on campus by speaking to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and genderqueer people and allies who continue to be marginalized in the rest of the society, the local community, and in the academy.
The Institute is a visible center on ISU's campus that is critical to the University's mission to ensure a high-quality education for all students and a working environment that is supportive of all members of ISU's diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.