Student Life

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See descriptions of many of the LGBTQ (or similarly identified) student organizations on campus. This list is not exhaustive. 

STUDENT GROUPS*

AHAVA

Ahava is the Jewish LGBT group on campus, and is sponsored by Hillel. Explore your LGBT and Jewish identities in a safe, open environment. Our goals include advocacy, providing a social space for our community, and sponsoring programming including discussions and lectures on issues relating to LGBT/Jewish issues.

Alliance for Inclusion (Dental School)
Alliance for Inclusion aims to educate dental students, staff, faculty and dental professionals about lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender issues in hopes of encouraging awareness, as well as providing perspectives in treating LGBT patients. We hope to foster a welcoming environment for LGBT students, staff, faculty, and patients at the Dental School.

Asexual Support and Visibility Group
This group meets every Friday in the Spectrum Center and is open to everyone, from the asexually-identified to those questioning to allies.  

Bilateral
The mission of the group is to build a community of those interested in bisexual issues, to promote discussion and dialogue within said community, to encourage understanding within the greater University of Michigan community, and to provide opportunities for those interested in bisexual issues to socialize with others with shared concerns.

Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies in Medicine (BGLAM)
BGLAM is an organization of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and straight allies associated with the medical school who provide support for one another and work together to educate the medical school community.

Coalition for Queer People of Color
The Coalition for Queer People of Color is a group of students, faculty, and staff all committed to building community around, and highlighting the lived experiences of, queer and similarly identified people of color. Our mission is to enrich the lives of queer people of color at the University of Michigan, while pursuing broader community transformation around issues of social and racial justice.

Information Accross the Spectrum (School of Information)
IAS supports all staff of the University Library system and students, faculty, and staff of the School of Information. IAS promotes awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues within SI and the University Library system and throughout the University in general. IAS does this through education, research, networking, and social activities.

LambdaGrads

Provides social, education, activist, and support activities targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally graduate and professional community (in any academic unit) at UM.

LGBT Issues Commission of Central Student Government (CSG)
The LGBT Commission sponsors a variety of programs throughout the year, such as Gayz Craze, the National Coming Out Day rally on the Diag, and Flames on Ice. Meets every Sunday at 7 pm in CSG Chambers (3909 Michigan Union). Meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Networking, Professional Development, social activites and Activism opportunities for undergraduate and graduate LGBT students in the STEM community.

OUTbreak
Prevent Discrimination, Promote Awareness, Protect Identity. At this time, the group is reforming. It used to exist in the Michigan School of Public Health, and we are currently meeting to determine what types of programs we would like to sponsor.

Out for Business (OFB)
Out for Business builds community among the LGBT students at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and raises awareness among Ross faculty, staff and students of the issues facing LGBT individuals in society.

Out in Public
Out in Public is the LGBTQ and ally group at the Ford School of Public Policy. We seek to create a welcoming space for LGBTQ people at the Ford School, engage the wider Ford School community in dialogue about LGBTQ issues and connect with other LGBTQ groups across campus. Bachelors students, Masters students, PhD students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

OutLaws
Our Mission: to add the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students to the dialogue of the law school and university communities.

Queer Student Alliance

The Queer Student Alliance is a socially focused student group that aims to create a space in which all members of the LGBTQ campus community can interact. In addition to meetings/programming on Central Campus, we also hold events on North Campus! For more information, or to get involved, please contact

Queer Social Work Alliance
The School of Social Work - Mission: To advocate for communications, education, activism, and mutual support regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex interests and concerns to promote informed and responsible educational opportunities.

rXs
rXs seeks to create a safe space wherein people of color in the Ann Arbor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) community can engage one another in open and honest dialogue about their lived experiences as LGBTQQ people of color.

Stonewall Democrats
It is our mission to work through the Democratic Party to advance the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

TransForm
TransForm is an organization dedicated to providing resources, activism, and support for the trans* community at UM. The organization is open to all trans*-identified, questioning, and allied students.

 

STAFF AND FACULTY GROUPS

LGBT Faculty and Staff Website

A resource and welcome guide. 

University of Michigan LGBT Faculty Alliance (UMFA)

In 1992, a University-wide group of faculty and deans formed the University of Michigan LGBT Faculty Alliance (UMFA). We welcome interested faculty to join us. Our activities include working on University policies that affect the LGBT community, students' academic needs, curriculum development, and new faculty support. We also hold an annual reception. To join the Alliance's email listserv group, send a message to umfa-mail-request@umich.edu, using the subscribe as the subject.

Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI)

In Fall 2001, LGQRI became a program of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Since then, LGQRI has pursued its strategy of developing a more formal identity for the abundant resources that already exist on campus.  

UMHS Pride Network

The UMHS Pride Network is an employee resource group for TBLGA (Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Allies) UMHS faculty and staff working to ensure an inclusive, respectful environment for TBLG staff and to promote cultural competency related to the care of this patient population. 

*This list may not be exhaustive. If you have information to add or suggested changes, please email spectrumcenter@umich.edu