Community is everything at Salt Lake Community College.
SLCC celebrated the grand opening of its new Gender and Sexuality Student Resource Center, or GSSRC, on Oct. 11 at South City Campus. The center will focus on being a source of education and community for SLCC’s female and LGBTQ+ students.
“We really want the [GSSRC] to be student-focused,” says Peter Moosman, the GSSRC’s inaugural coordinator. “[The GSSRC] will be providing programming such as speakers, lecturers, and workshops throughout the year in order to create conversation about social justice issues on campus.”
The celebration included speeches and performances from Moosman, Ella Mendoza, Dr. Chuck Lepper of Student Affairs, SLCC Chamber Singers, Thando Naluyima, Ky-e Tingey, Queer Studies Professor Elisa Stone, Jessica Castro, Leka Heimuli, and Joey Du Shane-Navanick.
“I envision the Gender and Sexuality Student Resource Center to make the most of its chance to serve students who may otherwise feel alone to be seen, understood, validated, and celebrated for who they are,” says Stone. “We look forward to partnering with [other] non-profit organizations.”
Lupe Calderon, president of the Queer Student Association, would like to see more community-based events for the GSSRC.
“[The GSSRC] welcomes students with open arms, in particular to those who do not have a safe environment to go home to,” says Calderon.
The grand opening concluded with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and subsequent open house, with both families and friends in attendance.
“I am excited for the Gender and Sexuality Student Resource Center because it will allow us to be seen as all of the colors of the rainbow,” says Castro. “The center will see all people of color, all genders, and all of the humans that live in the shadows and are afraid to be seen, and see them as the shining stars that they truly are.”
The GSSRC has been in development since 2014 and is a direct result of a collaboration by the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee, President Leadership Institute, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Student Leaders, and the Student Fee Board.