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LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs

Staff Coordinator

Mariel Lopez-Cruz

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Mission Statement

CLC's LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs, a part of Student Activities and Inclusion, seeks to plan inclusive programming for all LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. These programs are meant to build and maintain an inclusive, welcoming and safe campus community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and allied populations grounded in pride, respect and unity.

Vision Statement

 CLC's LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs advocates for all student success with support and acceptance of all gender identities, sexual orientations, gender expression or anatomical sex organs.

Our Services

  • Discussion groups, workshops, and LGBTQ+ specific resources
  • Consultation and referral to counseling
  • 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 community 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+ Student Outreach and Programs facilitated program tangibly identifies safe allies for LGBTQ+ people in an effort to increase students’ academic success and retention.

Safe Zone Training will be held on 3/14/2022 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. If you are interested, register for Safe Zone Training. The LGBTQ+ student Outreach and Programs Coordinator can also work with you to cater your department, team, or community. If this is of interest to you, contact Mariel Lopez Cruz by email or phone.


CLC's LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs offers two programs under the name "Q-Buddies" to build relationships within the LGBTQ+ community at CLC. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to fill any or all roles they are interested in.

Mentor/Mentee Program

This program is designed to have the Mentor serve as a resource and confidant for the Mentee. Being a mentee might be a good option for someone who is newer to CLC, the LGBTQ+ community, or newly exploring their identity or sexuality. A mentorship role might be good for someone who has been at CLC for a longer time, feels they have advice for those who are newly exploring their identity, or the LGBTQ+ community. The mentor and mentee program is more of a time commitment as we want both participants to meet regularly in order to give the mentee good resources and support. You will be expected to check-in occasionally with the LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator, Mariel Lopez-Cruz, to make sure the program is going smoothly.

Buddy Program

This program is a more casual commitment, meant as a way for people to gain new friendships. You will be connected with a buddy and then set up meeting and activities as it works for your schedule. There is no strict meeting requirements, but we do encourage both participants to connect multiple times a semester. If you need any help or suggestions, contact the LGBTQ+ Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator, Mariel Lopez-Cruz.

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