History

In order to understand where we are going, we must first understand and appreciate where we have been. A lot of work and effort from across the KSU campus has made GLBTIQ Student Programs into what it is today. Below is a brief glance at some of GLBTIQ Student Programs' history.

    • Gays and Lesbians United for Equality (GLUE) is established as the first LGBT student organization at Kennesaw State University
    • The Safe Space Initiative is established at KSU, modeled after the program at University of Georgia
    • Students submit a proposal for a professionally staffed LGBTQ Resource Center to the Chief Diversity Officer
    • The Presidential Commission on GLBTIQ Initiatives takes up the proposal and works towards establishing a Resource Center
    • With the support of the Presidential Commission on GLBTIQ Initiatives, GLBTIQ Student Retention Services is created within the Department of Student Development with one part-time staff member, Antony Ware.
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services' office is located within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
    • SPSU launches Safe Zone training
    • As the part-time coordinator's contract ends, the Department of Student Development begins a search for full-time Program Coordinator
    • In January, the Department of Student Development hires the first full-time Program Coordinator for GLBTIQ Student Retention Services, Jessica Duvall
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services opens the GLBTIQ Resource Center in the Carmichael Student Center, Room 164
    • The first celebration of LGBTQ History Month occurs in October 2013 with the debut of "Opening Doors, Outing History" and LGBTQ history exhibit.
    • KSU walks in the Atlanta Pride Parade as a university for the first time.
    • In November, the consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Poly State Universities is announced
    • In spring of 2014, GLBTIQ Student Retention Services hosted the first Rainbow Graduation Ceremony. The class of 2014 consisted of six Rainbow Graduates
    • In response to consolidation, the Safe Space/Safe Zone Consolidation Committee was formed to consolidate the SPSU and KSU programs to be used on both campuses
    • Stonewall Housing welcomes its first group of 12 residents
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services partnered with Museums, Archives, and Rare Books (MARB) to host the collaborative program "MARBOut Presents" during LGBTQ History Month
    • The Big Owl Bus (BOB) joins GLBTIQ Student Retention Services in the Atlanta Pride Parade and KSU hosts a booth at the Pride Marketplace
    • The GLBTIQ Resource Center receives a renovation, updating the feel of the space and increase the number of students that can be served
    • The Program Coordinator position transitions to an Assistant Director level position
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services hires its first Administrative Associate, Nayasia Coleman
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services opens an office on the Marietta Campus within the Student Affairs Suite in the JM Wilson Student Center
    • Stonewall Housing expands to housing 16 residents
    • Student present to Student Government Association requesting a larger space for the GLBTIQ Resource Center. SGA supports the measure.
    • A new Safe Space program is launched in the fall of 2015
    • Kennesaw Pride Alliance hosts the first "Breaking the Silence" event on campus and Robyn Ochs presents on bi-erasure and bi-visibility within the GLBTIQ community
    • Students start QSTEM, a queer student initiative focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Attendance within the GLBTIQ Resource Center for the 2014-2015 academic year increases 528% over the previous year
    • The Administrative Assistant position transitions to a Program Coordinator position
    • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services changes its name to GLBTIQ Student Programs
    • GLBTIQ Student Programs comes under the umbrella of the newly created Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) alongside International Student Programs and Multicultural Student Programs
    • The Department of Student Development is renamed Department of Student Engagement
    • Multicultural Student Affairs opens the MSA Center on the Marietta Campus within the Student Affairs Suite in the JM Wilson Student Center; GLBTIQ Student Programs, International Student Programs, and Multicultural Student Programs share the space
    • Stonewall Housing expands to 32 residents
    • Students start the Trans Pride Alliance to foster a support network for transgender and gender non-conforming students
    • Attendance within the GLBTIQ Resource Center for the 2015-2016 academic year increases by near double over the previous year
    • GLBTIQ Student Programs hosts the first Pride Prom; the theme, chosen by students, was MasQUEERade
    • GLBTIQ Student Programs hires its first Graduate Assistant to assist with Stonewall Housing, Safe Space, and the new Safe Space Student Leadership Initiative (SSLI)

 

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