Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center sponsors multiple programs and services that educate, support and advocate for the LGBT and supportive ally campus community. The center works closely with students, faculty and staff along with campus departments and student organizations to make certain that USC remains a leader in LGBT student services. The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students (2006) named USC among the top 20 “Best of the Best” LGBT-friendly colleges and universities and gave it a “five star” rating in the LGBT-friendly Campus Climate Index.
The center’s work is to create a safe and welcoming environment for students who are out, closeted or questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity/expression. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, supportive ally or were involved with a high school Gay-Straight Alliance, then consider getting involved with the LGBT Resource Center. Signature programs and services include: the LGBT Peer Mentoring Program (usc.edu/lgbt/mentoring), Faculty & Staff Ally “Safe Zone” Program, Freshman Advocacy Board, University Rap, Greek Chat, Speaker’s Bureau, QueerStories Lecture Series and Lavender Celebration (usc.edu/lgbt/lavender).
Additional LGBT Campus Support
Located in Century Apartments 2, the Rainbow Floor (usc.edu/lgbt/signature-programs/rainbow-floor.aspx) is a special interest residential community for LGBT students and their supportive allies. The floor sponsors campus-wide and community-based programming and works in collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center and Residential Education. It is a great place for students to develop their leadership skills and make long-lasting friendships. All undergraduate and graduate students, including first-year students, are welcome to apply. To apply to live on the Rainbow Floor, complete the supplemental application on the floor’s Web page.
The Queer and Ally Student Assembly (QuASA) is a cultural assembly within Program Board and the Undergraduate Student Government. QuASA provides large-scale academic, social and political events for LGBT and ally students, and it serves as the umbrella organization for a number of LGBT and ally organizations including Ally Alliance, Freshman Advocacy Board, Genesis 9:13, Jewish Alliance for GLBTs and Straights, OutReach, Rainbow Scholars and Trojans for Equality. Traditional QuASA events include the LGBT and Ally Welcome Back Barbecue during Welcome Week, Coming Out Month in October, USC Is Burning Drag Show in November and Second Chance Prom in April. QuASA also sends a newsletter. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several LGBT and ally graduate and professional student organizations are discipline-focused to establish networking within specific career fields. These include OUTLaw, the Marshall School of Business Gay and Lesbian Association, MedGLO and the Social Work Rainbow Caucus. Graduate/professional students can also get involved with the Graduate Student Government LGBTA Committee that meets monthly and coordinates monthly mixers for LGBT and ally graduate/professional students. Email email@example.com for additional information.
The LGBT Resource Center also works closely with the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association (LAA) to create relationships between students and alumni. LAA is the official USC alumni organization for LGBT and supportive allies, and provides annual scholarships and awards to students engaged in LGBT-related research and campus activities. It is one of only a few such organizations in the country. For more information, email LAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Website at alumni.usc.edu/lambda.
For more information about any of these programs and services, contact the LGBT Resource Center, located in Student Union Building room 202B or visit usc.edu/lgbt.