Our mission is to promote equity and social justice for the LGBTQ community. This is critical to the university's mission to ensure a high-quality education for all students and a supportive and productive environment for all members of ISU's diverse community.
The LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute helps coordinate, publicize, and support campus and community efforts, both intellectual and cultural, related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and genderqueer people and ideas.
We also link the campus community to relevant LGBTQ organizations, events, and initiatives on local, national, and international levels.
The LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute is located in the Professional Development Annex building at 205 S. Main Street. Enter on the north side of the building. Some limited parking will be available. Open hours for Spring 2019 are 4:00 PM-8:00 PM Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday, and 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Friday.
For any updates on open hours, please refer to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQInstitute/.
A little History...
The LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute was founded in 2009. Dr. Becca Chase, Paula Ressler and Dave Bentlin played key roles in the establishment of the Institute. It was intended to allow students to have a safe space to express themselves without fear of judgement. Since then, it has continuously been a part of the steps taken toward a more inclusive campus at ISU. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Institute made a lot of positive changes with the help of its 14 board members. Some of those changes were the start of regular open hours, a weekly email bulletin about LGBTQI+ studies and services events at Illinois state and within easy driving distance, a working lending library of LGBTQI-related books, and an up-to-date Facebook page and website. The Institute and it's board members continue to make progressive changes at ISU.
Through our three major components—Academic Studies and Research, Student Services and Campus Climate, and Community Service—we serve the LGBTQ population on campus and locally across differences of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, gender expression, ability, social class, age, nationality, and transnationality. Our multidisciplinary structure allows us to play a role in enhancing academic knowledge and research on campus, and educating all communities about the lives of LGBTQ people.
The institute promotes academic courses and events with queer content, including community-based internships, and encourages LGBTQ research. It builds relationships and coordinates efforts with and between campus groups and programs such as PRIDE, Triangle, Safe Zone, and Diversity Advocacy; and with and between community organizations.