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4 Opportunities and Services the Office of LGBTQ* Resources Can Offer You

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Lexington, Ky. (April 11, 2022) — The Office of LGBTQ* Resources, housed in the Office for Student Success, is the University of Kentucky's central hub for accessing information, groups and services related to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. The Resource Center is a campus-wide office that works to make sure that the campus community is a welcoming, safe and supportive place for all students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Its mission focuses on the three core pillars – education, advocacy and community building. With this mission in mind, the office is actively engaged in supporting student organizations, offering professional development opportunities for campus groups, and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals from many walks of life.

Below are four services and opportunities available to the campus community through the Office of LGBTQ* Resources.

  1. Internships. The undergraduate student programming internship opportunity is a formalized way for students to connect with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, develop leadership and programming skills, create diverse campus connections and explore issues related to gender and sexual orientation advocacy that impact campus belonging and inclusivity.
  2. ScholarshipsThe Office of LGBTQ* Resources offers students several scholarship opportunities. Applications for scholarships are open annually and are not given on a recurring basis.
  3. Grants. One-time grants are awarded to currently enrolled full-time graduate and professional students to support research and/or professional development related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or intersectional approaches to identity
  4. SafeZone WorkshopsSafeZone Workshops are 90-minute workshops to equip individuals to be more aware and active allies. This workshop explores LGBTQ* identities, strategies for supporting student experiences and exploring LGBTQ* related campus and community resources.

The campus community can drop by the Dinkle-Mas Suite Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a student and would like to stay up to date on information regarding the office and stay in the know on events hosted by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, register to join the Discord server, a free voice, video and text chat app open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students at UK. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.