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The Resource Center for Gender, Women, and Sexuality (RCGWS), located within the Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, is a supportive and safe environment for people of all genders, sexualities, and identities on campus. The organizations sharing the RCGWS aim to promote dialogue about issues relating to gender, women, and sexuality; to foster ongoing education surrounding these issues; and to encourage the acceptance of all facets of one’s identity.
Everyone who enters this room may safely and comfortably self-express without fear of discrimination, harm, or exposure for being different. This includes differences of sexual orientation and identity, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, age, and other identities.
The RCGWS is open and accessible during MRC building hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12:20 a.m..
Queer Issues Committee
The Queer Issues Committee is a group of faculty, staff, and students who meet bi-weekly to work towards making UMM and its surrounding community safe places for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two spirit, and allied students, faculty, and staff through programs and activism aimed at increasing visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBTQIA2S+ issues. We do so through the following avenues:
- Co-sponsoring events and speakers
- Hearing individual concerns and offering referrals and advocacy
- Working on systemic concerns, such as housing and hate crime reporting, through UMM's governance system.
- Working to improve institutional support for LGBTQIA2S+ students, faculty, and staff, such as supporting the Resource Center for Gender, Women, and Sexuality and the addition of a staff person dedicated to gender and sexuality concerns.
Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Discrimination
University of Minnesota policy, as well as state law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Minnesota Human Rights Act defines sexual orientation as:
Minnesota Human Rights Act, Section 363A.03, SUBD. 44
At the University of Minnesota, this includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Harassment on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment, or interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance. Slurs, jokes, and verbal or physical conduct motivated by an individual’s sexual orientation is unacceptable in the University educational and work environment.
In compliance with University policy on equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment, University policy also provides benefits to registered domestic partners of University employees and students. Consult your human resources office regarding specific benefits and registration of your partner.
Morris Queer Student Initiative for Equality (MoQSIE) is a student organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spirit, and Allies (“LGBTQIA2S”) at the University of Minnesota Morris. Through social events, educational programs, pride activism and political awareness, MoQSIE strives to end stereotyping, and to promote an understanding of equal rights for all gender and sexual minorities.
MoQSIE organizes events such as National Coming Out Day, Pride Week, and an annual drag show.
Student Counseling provides free personal, crisis, and developmental counseling, educational programming and outreach, and maintains a confidential service for students who have been sexually harassed or harassed based on race, sexual orientation, or religion.
Counselors participate in on-going training for LGBTQIA2S+ clients. Student Counseling also supervises the LGBTQIA2S+ Peer Support Group. Contact Student Counseling directly at 320-589-6060 or email the LGBTQIA2S+ Peer Support Group facilitators at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.