The mission of the LGBTQ Resources Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is:
- to offer students, faculty, and staff the educational opportunity to learn more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community as a whole,
- to provide information and resources to support this community on campus,
- to facilitate a greater visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBTQ issues, and,
- to train allies to stand with, and advocate for, LGBTQ people.
The program is designed to work towards promoting UMass Lowell’s commitment to diversity and creating a safe and healthy campus environment through education, support, advocacy and the fostering of equity for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The program also strives to cultivate an open-minded group of leaders on campus who are committed to educating others and themselves about the oppression of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and to combat heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, cisgender bias, and gender-ism on a personal and institutional level. The goal is to provide a baseline knowledge of language, the stages of coming out, how to offer helpful peer support, and the means with which to develop deep discussions and effectively apply them to all aspects of life.
(updated June 2015)