Welcome to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
Student Support Services Office
Part of the Division of Student Affairs, the GLBTSSS Office serves as a resource and information center for campus and community individuals, groups, events, and activities. The office provides a welcoming environment for individuals seeking to grow in their understanding of GLBT issues.
Overseen by the GLBT Student Support Services Advisory Board, the GLBTSSS Office also works in conjunction with IUB’s departments, offices and student groups, as well as many community, state and national organizations.
Indiana University Bloomington offers a variety of support and academic services that may be of special interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally individuals. Student organizations and community groups also provide numerous support, social, and educational opportunities.
The GLBTSSS Office hours is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm during the Fall & Winter academic year. In observance of university, state, and federal holidays, we occasionally close; please call our office at (812) 855-4252 or stop by: 705 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47408, on the Indiana University Bloomington Campus.
Major accomplishments of 2012
After a year of fanfare related to the dedication of our newly-renovated facility last year, the successes of 2012 have been quieter, behind-the-scenes, events, but no less important in our ongoing efforts to make the climate of this campus welcoming for all students.
- Related to the renovations we were able to provide adequate working space for our three interns (Counseling, Social Work, and the School of Library & Information Science), even expanding opportunities for SLIS students. We were able to host two SLIS interns and involve several volunteers in enhancing our outstanding library and providing several programs of outreach, including the offering of resources to a dozen faculty members teaching glbt-related courses
- And with more room, we were also able to host two art-related displays (Queer History Pop-Up and Indiana T-shirt Display noting historic incidents of glbt activism) which were class projects for several students; we were able to provide confidential HIV-testing on a weekly basis thanks to the regular visits from the staff of Positive Link; and we were able to assist various groups by providing meeting space for weekly discussions or monthly planning sessions.
- In collaboration with the GLBT Alumni Association, we provided funding for 40 students from IUB and IUPUI to attend the Midwest BLGCTA College Conference (leadership training and networking) at Iowa State; we assisted a record number of students in offering both Academic and Emergency Scholarships; and we accepted the accolades of colleagues in being named one of the 25 most glbt-friendly campuses in the nation by Campus Pride, Inc.
While ongoing support from the campus and the GLBT Alumni Association, along with gifts from individual donors has been constant, so, too, has been the increase in expenses, especially related to our growing need to relate to various constituencies (students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni) electronically. An unanticipated new monthly fee of $450 for the services of HELPNet is but one example.
More and more students, both gay and straight, are seeking opportunities to increase people’s understanding of the needs and the rights of lgbt individuals. Residents of the state of Indiana may well be facing an attempt to add an anti-gay marriage amendment to the state constitution in 2014 and students involved in a group like Fair Talk ( http://www.fair-talk.org/ ) are seeking ways to educate the citizens of this state on a wide-scale basis of the impact of such discrimination. Other students are working on an effort which our office initiated called Project Homecoming are looking for ways to provide support to school districts around the state to address issues of bullying and to provide a more welcoming environment for lgbt high school students. Opportunities for additional internships and, possibly, a graduate assistantship would all require additional funding. As one of the country’s premier glbt-friendly campuses it would be exciting to become an educational leader in new ways in the coming years and with the legacy left to us all by the Kinsey Institute, there is no reason that we could not continue to collaborate on research projects and programs of outreach inspired by motivated undergrad and graduate students.
The GLBTSSS Office is a founding member of The Consortium of Higher Education: