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. As of 5 May 2018 the Institute will not be holding open hours until fall semester. If you do need into the Institute, please email the Institute at LGBTQ@IllinoisState.edu or call Eric Willey at 309-438-7447 (most Mondays-Fridays 8:00-4:30). Have a great summer, and thank you all for everything you did to make ISU a better place for everyone.
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.