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Resources + Safe Spaces

What we offer

The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center is here to provide programs, events and training that foster an inclusive atmosphere on campus and in the greater community. In addition, we sponsor two physical locations that serve as gathering and study lounges as well as safe spaces on campus where we strive to ensure all students feel welcome.

Gender identity & sexual orientation

Students can now select their gender identity and sexual orientation in CampS! Why is this exciting? The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center will be able to confidentially direct our outreach efforts to those who identify as LGBTQIA+. What's better: it's super simple! Click here and follow three simple steps!

 

Rainbow Floors

Housing & Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive experience for all LGBTQIA+ students. Due to high demand, we've added a second floor to this community! Students are now able to choose between our general LGBTQIA+ floor and our Trans & Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) floor within the housing selection process. The Rainbow Floors, located in Karlgaard Towers, offer LGBTQIA+ students a few additional options:

Living Community (L)

Students who select the Rainbow Floors may select this as one of the Living Community preferences within the housing contract process. If no specific roommate is selected, rooming assignments are completed without regard to assigned sex, gender identity or expression, or sexuality. While students can choose to live on either of the two Rainbow Floor options described above, there is no curricular component to the Living Community (L) option. 

Living Learning Community (LLC)

Beginning Fall 2022, students who select the Rainbow Floors as one of the Living Community preferences within the housing contract process can also select to take part in the Rainbow Floors Living Learning Community (LLC). While students can still choose to live on either of the two Rainbow Floor options described above, there is a curricular component to participating in the LLC. Students who select this option will not only be able to live in a supportive queer community in housing, they will join a cohort of 25 LGBTQIA+ students enrolled in WGGS 206: Perspectives in LGBTQ+ Studies (3-cr) taught by faculty mentor Dr. Rae Langes. To learn more about this option, click below:

Rainbow Floors LLC

 


The Rainbow Floors include programming and community building that focus on the diverse array of identities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. In Karlgaard Towers, each of the ten floors features all gender restrooms, and staff are on hand to ensure your home away from home is as welcoming and supportive as possible. On the Rainbow Floors, all single- and multi-stall restrooms function as accessible, all gender spaces (including restrooms and showers); there is also an accessible private option for those desiring a bit more privacy. 

The Rainbow Floor social spaces are second to none, featuring vibrant, cozy lounge and study options. Additionally, students are surrounded by graphic design elements featuring intersectional, historical queer icons. Did we mention the chalk wall? The student-created hallway graffiti? There's so much to see!

Check out the newly renovated Karlgaard Towers in the video below!

Rainbow Floor

 We're here to help, so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out at anytime! 

Campus commitment to all gender facilities

UWEC All Gender Restroom Map (Updated Fall 2019)

UW-Eau Claire has made a concerted effort to increase the number of all gender restrooms and currently offers 107 on campus in various locations (with more to come!).
All Gender Restrooms (Campus Map)

 

LGBTQIA+ Center: The Bridge

An integral part of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, The Bridge (Davies 229) provides opportunities for new and returning students to find community and connect with people whose lived experiences mirror their own. On any given day in The Bridge, you will find students laughing, studying, napping, engaging with queer issues, accessing resources, resting between classes, or just hanging out. Staffed by student interns and supervised by the GSRC associate student services coordinator, The Bridge is whatever students need it to be. It is truly a student-centered space. Stop by and say hi!

How to find us

Students in the bridge
Need help finding Counseling Services?
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Don't be hangry!

Queer students often find themselves having to choose between bills and food. Opened in September of 2014, the Campus Harvest food pantry was developed to aid the high percentage of students that self-identified as in need of supplemental food assistance. Everything in the Campus Harvest food pantry is free! All you need to do is bring your student ID. If you want someone to go with you, never fear! Just email Chris (jorgencj@uwec.edu) or Kallie (friedeka@uwec.edu), and we'll set it up. Ya gotta eat!

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