On Location: LGBTQ & Cultural Centers

On Location: LGBTQ & Cultural Centers


Hi! I’m Allison, and I’m Austin and we’re on location at Iowa’s Cultural and LGBTQ centers Tell me about the different cultural centers on campus Yeah, so we have 4 different cultural and LGBTQ resource centers on campus So there’s the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian and Pacific American Cultural Center, Latino Native American Cultural Center, and the LGBTQ Resource Center So in all four of these centers we like to foster a home away from home environment So basically that just means we’re always open for the students So whenever students want to get away from classes or not ditch classes, but just wanna get away from, you know, just campus and just kind of have a nice space to just kind of relax and study and all that fun stuff, that’s what we’re here for So I would definitely say if you have the time, you need to stop by and see the centers because there’s always something going on And I think the best part about it is that it’s always so welcoming You’re never going to see an angry face at any of the centers How have the cultural resource centers helped your college experience? So I work at LNAC, the Latino Native American Cultural Center and before that, I felt like kind of alone and isolated because this is a predominately white campus I felt like people actually knew my name when I started working there and they associated me with LNAC and they kind of associated me with just being friendly like if you want to have a home away from home it’s LNAC There are over 100 multicultural student organizations at Iowa and these resource centers provide inter and cross-cultural education, leadership, and organize developing opportunities The cultural and LGBTQ resource centers all provide a “home away from home” atmosphere for students and have a goal of preserving and sharing culture of every type Recently the LGBTQ resource center celebrated its 10th year of being a safe and welcoming environment on Iowa’s campus In 2012, the University of Iowa became the first public national university to provide optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on the admissions application Be sure to check out the Cultural Resource Center and see all the ways that you can learn, grow, and get involved in community Until next time, I’m Austin, and I’m Allison See ya next time, Hawkeyes

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