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LGBTQ+ Resource Center Mission Statement

The mission of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center is to help make our campus a more welcoming and accepting institution regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, we strive to give students an open and inviting space for discussion, to help students be heard, and to contribute to the diverse landscape that is Southeast Missouri State University. It is our mission to help every student feel at home at Southeast.

LGBTQ+ Student Advisor

Being an LGBTQ+ Resource Center Student Advisor consists of providing office coverage in the center each week (4-8 hours), creating/hosting  presentations and events (based on your availability), and attending periodic office meetings. Most importantly, all advisors need to be open, honest, accepting, and knowledgeable regarding LGBTQ+ issues (more training will be provided). Only current students in good academic and judicial standing are able to serve as advisors. We welcome applications from anyone, not just members of the LGBTQ+ community.  For additional information or to apply for a student advisor position please see the LGBTQ+ Student Advisor Application.

Safe Zone Training Program Mission Statement

The Southeast Safe Zone program serves to identify and train faculty, staff, and students who are understanding and affirmative to the needs of members of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Our mission is to provide opportunities to learn about gender and sexual, LGBTQ+ identities and challenges to create a more inclusive and supportive community at Southeast.

LGBTQ+ Resource Committee

The LGBTQ+ Resource Committee will review, evaluate and make recommendations to facilitate the coordination of resources to support the success of the LGBTQ+ student community.

The committee seeks to encourage a safe environment that is welcoming to all students and members of the university community. The committee will identify the best practices of peer institutions to raise the campus community's understanding and awareness of challenges faced by students whose sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions differ from their own.

In effort to support the educational, cultural, social, and developmental needs of students, and of advancing cross-cultural awareness on campus and in the wider community, the LGBTQ+ Resource Committee will actively work to create an environment where interdisciplinary learning acknowledges and recognizes people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience.

The committee is always looking for input from students; feel free to contact the committee with suggestions or concerns.

Contact Sonia Rucker, Vice President for Equity, Access and Behavioral Health, Dean of Students

Academic Hall 010


University Center CSI 204e

LGBTQ+ Resource Center
One University Plaza, MS1250
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701