Provost Myers announces important changes to Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Provost Dan Myers today announced key structural and support changes to the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, a move he says is critical to bringing greater focus to the center’s important work. To that end, the GSRC will be divided into two separate functional areas – one for student support services and the other for academic and scholarly work.

“One of my first priorities as provost was to examine the structure and support for the GSRC to help the university move ahead in a positive way that supports the continuing development of the center and its work,” Myers says. “After meeting with students, faculty, staff and alumni, it was clear that the center is important to our campus community and core to our Guiding Values and our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit university. With a more focused charge, the center will be able to more effectively deliver programs and resources. The GSRC advisory board has agreed and endorsed this plan.”

New resource center will serve LGBTQ students, allies

Student support services will be provided by a new LGBTQ resource center, which will be formally named in the coming weeks. It will operate under the auspices of the Division of Student Affairs and will be linked functionally to the Center for Intercultural Engagement. Eva Martinez Powless, the CIE’s director, will also direct that center, which will be staffed with a new full-time position and student workers.

Further, the LGBTQ resource center will be located in space adjacent to the CIE on the AMU’s first floor. According to Myers, while the LGBTQ resource center and the CIE are linked, they will maintain their distinct focuses.

“Aligning the LGBTQ resource center and the CIE physically and functionally makes great sense, considering their existing collaborations and potential for future cross-programming,” he says. “That said, the new resource center is truly meant to be a space dedicated to our LGBTQ students and allies so that they receive the level of services they need. The CIE will provide gender-based resources and continue its other intercultural engagement programs.”

Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies will support research, teaching

A new Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies will be housed in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and will support research and teaching on the topics of gender and sexualities. Directed by Dr. Angelique Harris, associate professor of social and cultural sciences, the CGSS will also hold the Women and Gender Studies major and minor. The CGSS will be located in Sensenbrenner Hall.

“I am pleased that the CGSS will enjoy the leadership of Dr. Harris, who brings deep professional experience and dedication to the center and its mission,” Myers says. “She and I have already had many productive discussions about how we can enhance and grow the major, as well as provide additional academic programming and course development and research support.”

The changes are all effective immediately, recognizing that there will be transitionary work over the coming weeks.

MUSG will host a listening session with Provost Myers related to the GSRC later in September. Watch Marquette Today for further details.