About the Resource Center
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is an extension of the Multicultural Center and focuses on providing services, resources and intentional support for students identifying as or connecting to LGBTQIQA and varying gender identities. Located in Student Center East, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is on the second floor with its entrance through the Multicultural Center’s main lobby, Suite 206. The GSRC provides services including programming, workshops, organizational support and mentoring. Programming and services focus on all identities within the LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities. The GSRC welcomes all faculty, students and staff who would like to serve as allies for the LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities as well, or those with an interest in learning more.
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center supports student engagement by aligning their purpose with personal goals that will enhance students’ academic and career success by building a culture that fosters identity awareness, identity acceptance and support of all students from LGBTQIQA and varying gender identities. The GSRC supports the academic mission of the university by offering intentional educational experiences for students that heighten self-awareness around the issues and needs of the LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities.
Building a culture of care through:
- Access: Providing opportunities to gain necessary resources to promote identity acceptance, identity awareness, health and wellness to further personal, academic and career success
- Innovation: Creating intentional programming, workshops and discussions that address the importance and integration of identity and inclusion to ensure student success and community building
- Inclusion: Promoting equitable learning environments that address the needs for intersecting identities within the LGBTQIQA community as well as allies
- Acceptance - The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is devoted to accepting all identities within the LGBTQIQA community and will hold allies of this community to the same standards. Through acceptance and understanding of varying sexuality and gender identities students are meant to find a sense of belonging within the Georgia State University community.
- Diversity - Students who are LGBTQIQA identified are not bound by their sexuality and gender identities and often have varying ethnicities, religions and abilities that shape their world view and perspective of life. In order to help ensure we are meeting the needs of the Georgia State community, it is important to acknowledge diversity and nuances within this community to ensure personal, academic and career success.
- Authenticity - Providing safe spaces for students to be their most authentic self is necessary for creating a welcoming learning environment, building trust and developing healthy relationships. The GSRC is a space for students to be their most true and expressive selves while fostering their growth and development as global citizens.
- Community - In order to create growth, cultural competence and impactful experiences that lead to student success, community building among students is necessary. Through programming, workshops and discussions, the GSRC collaborates with stakeholders across the university to create opportunities that build community and supports the success of students who engage in GSRC initiatives.
- Leadership - Avenues for leadership development are created for students through acceptance, diversity, authenticity and community building. In partnership with other university departments and offices, various learning skills will be presented to foster personal, academic and career success among all students.
The Multicultural Center library resources have been collected to strengthen students’ knowledge around a variety of beliefs, values and experiences of diverse cultural identities and to enhance the skills they will need to work and live as global citizens and leaders in society. The Multicultural Center has a growing collection of resources focusing on specific cultural communities, culturally responsive teaching and diversity training.
A Resource for Students:
The Multicultural Center library is full of reference books, novels, magazines and videos on different cultural communities around the world. The collection consists of African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, LGBTQIQA, Middle Eastern and Native American culture and history. The checkout process is fairly easy with a Panther ID card. However, the library is very conducive to readers who like to sit down, browse or relax.
A Resource for Faculty:
Faculty who are looking for unique classroom activities can encourage their students to attend Conversations on Contemporary Social Concerns and book discussion events. Faculty can promote cross-cultural experiences by reserving books, articles and videos that can be accessed by their students. These are great ways to facilitate learning and discussion outside the classroom.
What would you like to see? (Books, Faculty-led discussions, Speakers, etc.) Request it here!
The Baldwin Bookclub will resume during the fall 2022 semester! Do you have suggestions for our reading selection? Please click the link below and complete our suggestion form!
The Multicultural Center offers an array of valuable amenities for students on campus. From the library resources to reservation options, the Multicultural Center establishes an environment where people can express their diverse backgrounds, share experiences and engage in meaningful conversations in a safe space. The Multicultural Center staff encourages cross-cultural experiences and values the beliefs of every individual they meet.
The center is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the Georgia State University community for multicultural meetings and events by reservation request.
Reservations for Conference Rooms and Front Area
The spacious front area is great for holding group meetings or social events. There is a conference room available to groups during business hours. One of the conference rooms has a smart board where individuals can prepare, practice or deliver presentations. All of the rooms can be reserved ahead of time by submitting the Multicultural Center Room Reservations Form. They are great places to study, hold meetings or have group gatherings.
Reservations for the “BeYou” Multipurpose Room
This space is available throughout the day on a drop-in basis for quiet meditation, prayer and other spiritual or self-care practices. When using the space, sound is kept to a minimum in consideration of other people as well as to maximize meditation. Food and beverages are not permitted in the space with the exception of water. Only one person is allowed to use the room at one time. If television access is needed, please check out with the front desk staff. An I.D will be used to reserve technology. The guidelines for this space are posted just outside the room and are listed below for reference. The space will be monitored and maintained by Multicultural Center staff.
“BeYou” Multipurpose Room Guidelines
- This room is for meditation, religious or spiritual practices to sustain self-care and productivity throughout the day.
- Only one student is allowed in the room each session.
- Sessions may last up to 30 minutes.
- This room is not intended for studying. Study spaces are available in the Multicultural Center and can be reserved online.
- Food and beverages are not permitted in this room, with the exception of water.
- The lighting of candles, incense or other combustible materials is not permitted in this room.
- Do not leave personal belongings unattended. The Multicultural Center is not liable for lost or stolen items.
- Each person assumes personal responsibility for use of this room.
Opportunities for Faculty
Faculty also may want to reserve the Multicultural Center for special class presentations or other educational activities. For example, the facility is great for holding discussions and breakout sessions. The front area has comfortable sofas and chairs and is conducive for small groups but can accommodate up to 25 people using additional stack chairs. In addition to reserving the front area, faculty may consider reserving any of the conference rooms or placing one of the library resources on reserve for students to use in the center. Faculty can even set up a classroom lunch and learn at the Multicultural Center by contacting campus catering. The Multicultural Center is very accommodating and would love to help faculty in whatever way they may need.
Reserve Your Space Today
Note: Requests are accommodated based on scheduled calendar events.
Student Center East 206
Student Center East
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Associate Director- Cultures, Communities & Inclusion (CCI)
LaTia Sinclair, M.S.
Tonya Cook,MS-HRD, CLC
Coordinator of Student Engagement- Global Communities
Chrissonia McCall, M.S.
Coordinator of Student Engagement- Gender & Sexuality Education
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3973
Atlanta, GA 30302-3973
Georgia State University
Student Center East, Suite 206
55 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, GA 30303