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LGBTQ+ Resource Center

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Faculty Coordinator

Shanti Chu

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The LBGTQ+ Resource Center works to build and maintain an inclusive campus community. We foster pride, respect, and unity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and allied populations. We advocate for freedom and knowledge of individual identity, human expression and equal opportunity. Additionally, we provide training and education to encourage a safe and comfortable campus climate for LGBTQ+ and allied students, faculty and staff.

Our Services

  • Consultation and referral to counseling
  • Discussion groups, workshops, and LGBTQ+ specific resources
  • Safe Zone faculty/staff and student training
  • LGBTQ+ and allied speaker panels, available for classroom visits and campus events
  • Safe sex education and resources
  • Advocacy for and assistance with gender and sexual orientation-related issues in the classroom and on campus
  • Networking opportunities
  • Referral to local services
  • Referral to welcoming campus social activities
  • Outreach programming and speaker presentations
  • LGBTQ+ specific peer mentorship

Our Programs

Safe Zone

Past surveys of college and university students, faculty and administrators who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.) identified they had experienced harassment and feared for their safety because of discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

As a means of increasing CLC’s commitment to open access and educational opportunity, CLC has actively participated in the national Safe Zone program since the Fall of 2003 semester. The national program represents an effort to address homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia in schools and is intended to provide support for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff.  The LGBTQ+ Resource Center facilitated program tangibly identifies safe allies for LGBTQ+ people in an effort to increase students’ academic success and retention.


Our Q-Buddies peer mentorship program is designed to help LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer students) get connected to the campus community and the path to success at the College of Lake County.

Students seeking a Q-Buddy are referred to as a "junior Q-Buddy." Your buddy is referred to as your "Senior Q-Buddy." As a "Junior Q-Buddy," you will:

  • Be paired one-on-one with a Senior Q-Buddy
  • Receive information, support and encouragement from your Senior Q-Buddy that will assist you in having a good experience at the College of Lake County.
  • Be in regular contact with your Senior Q-Buddy by phone, email, social networking and personal meetings.

If you are interested in being paired with a Q-Buddy to receive this specialized support, please contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center during the fall or spring semesters by phone, email or in person to obtain a mentee application.

CLC students who would like to become Senior Q-Buddies must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours and have completed at least 9 credit hours
  • Complete/submit a Senior Q-Buddy Application, come in for an interview
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • Be able to work 4-6 hours per week
  • Work well with others
  • Be interested in fostering equality and inclusiveness for LGBTQ+ students

If you would like to apply to become a Senior Q-Buddy Peer Mentor, please contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center during the fall or spring semesters by phone, email or in person to obtain a mentor application.

Speakers Bureau

LGBTQ+ and allied students, alumni, faculty and staff volunteer for the LGBTQ+ Resource Center to participate in panel-style discussions and classroom Q-and-A sessions designed to foster education about sexual orientation and gender identity in relation to a variety of issues both in and outside of academia. Contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center if you are interested in hosting our speakers bureau for a campus or classroom event.