Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Pride Resource Center provides resources and support for all CSU community members to explore and increase their understanding of sexual/romantic orientation, gender, and identity intersection.

The Pride Resource Center seeks to foster a campus free of prejudice, bigotry, harassment, and violence by providing a space for all members of CSU communities to explore and increase their understanding of aspects related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in an open and nonjudgmental environment.

The Pride Resource Center is part of the Student Diversity Programs and Services Cluster.

Background

 

We updated our name in the summer of 2016 to the Pride Resource Center. We were very excited to announce the new name of our center! We spent many months gathering tons of information to make the decision. Students were asked to provide input via Facebook and other informal avenues, and the Director submitted various names for consideration. We feel confident that this name reflects who we are and how we want to move ourselves forward. We know that finding a name that fits everyone is absolutely impossible, however, we also know that we needed to make our name more inclusive and accessible. We feel we have come as close to this as possible at this moment. We also revised our mission statement during this time. 

Prior to this, we updated our name in Summer of 2013 to include “queer”, “questioning” and “ally” populations. Our office was renamed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center during the summer of 2009 . We did this to better reflect the work we do, and the populations we serve.

Language remains one of the places we share our resiliency as communities. Even as various communities sought to demonize, dehumanize, and pathologize us with labels, we rose to the occasion, and created names for our identities that made sense to us, words that embodied the courage, love and fierce strength we have long possessed, even at the risk of losing our very lives.

As an office, we recognize that not everyone will find home in the words and/or identities of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. We also recognize that these identities have long been rooted in primarily white communities, and communities of color have been excluded historically in the language and acronyms we use. One of the collective struggles of our communities continues to be inclusive language and inclusive action. For those who identify as same gender loving, Two Spirit, multisexual, pansexual, gender fluid, queer, omnisexual, or something else entirely, know you are welcome here. We encourage your input, voice, and presence in our office. We hope that by having a more inclusive name, these values will shine through.