Welcome to the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) website!
For 20 years, we have been providing UIC students, staff, faculty and alumni and members of the Chicagoland area with dynamic programming and resources around gender identity sexual orientation and their intersections with other identities. Look around for our events, opportunities, collaborations, and how to connect with resources!
The Gender and Sexuality Center at UIC creates a more inclusive campus and catalyzes positive social change by challenging heteronormativity and promoting deeply engaged and life affirming thinking, learning, and action.
We serve students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members throughout Chicago of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations through cultural events, scholarly lectures, public dialogues and interactive trainings. We also connect students, faculty, and staff at UIC with resources, referrals and opportunities.
Check out the GSC 2014-2015 Annual Report!
The Gender and Sexuality Center is one of the six Centers for Cultural Understanding & Social Change (formerly known as the Centers for Diversity) at UIC housed in Academic Affairs reporting to the Office of Diversity.
The six centers include: African-American Cultural Center, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Disability Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, and the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center.
Visit us in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) Room 181, participate in a program, make some new friends, become a financial sponsor, reserve the GSC Gallery (BSB 183) for your student organization or seminar meetings, or stop by to see the latest art exhibit.
The Gender and Sexuality Center at UIC creates a more inclusive campus and catalyzes positive social change in the world.
Our programs are designed to
- Cultivate student success
- Promote research
- Expand opportunities for intercultural engagement and build robust community partnerships.
- Illuminate the multiple layers of diversity within LGBTQ identities including race, class, ability, geography, immigration status, religious affiliation, and other individual different factors.
Let’s work together to make a difference!
Brief Historical Timeline of the GSC
- 1993, Students petition for an office for gay, lesbian and bisexual students, faculty, and staff.
- 1994-1995, The Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns opens at UIC.
- 1998, The Office name evolves to include the T for transgender.
- 2002, Safe Zone program launches at UIC
- 2006, The Advocate magazine names UIC one of the queer-friendliest campuses in the country.
- 2007, UIC celebrates the first Lavender Graduation in Chicago.
- 2007, The Office’s name changes to Gender and Sexuality Center.
- 2009, Gender neutral bathroom opens in BSB.
- 2012, The Center spaces are renovated for increased public programming.
- 2013, Campus Pride and the Huffington Post name UIC one of the Top 25 LGBTQ-friendliest campuses in the country.
- 2014, Trans* inclusive health care becomes available to UIC students.