Dear new and returning students,

We at the Spectrum Center are so excited to welcome you all to (or back to) campus. At the Spectrum Center, we work with the campus community on providing support, building community and offering education around gender and sexuality. This academic year will no doubt be a time of learning and growth, both in and out of the classroom. University of Michigan students come from so many different backgrounds, ideologies and identities, and yet something we all share is the fact that we are Wolverines. As Wolverines, we try to work together to build a community of respect, safety, learning and compassion.

At the core of the Spectrum Center’s mission is working toward the goal of building resources so that everyone on our campus feels supported in their own unique experience of their identities throughout their time at the University. With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as our framework, we are committed to enriching your campus experience and developing students as individuals and community members.

We strive to make our office a welcoming and inclusive space where you can study, peruse the Jim Toy Library, use the David Bohnett Cyber Center, hold group meetings or just hang out. We host tons of great events throughout the year, including educational trainings, mentorship, volunteer and leadership opportunities. Check out our website for more details.

As you unpack your last box, start your first homework assignments and begin to find your community on campus, we hope you will think of us. We invite you to drop by the Spectrum Center office on the third floor of the Michigan Union for a visit. We’d love to get to know you, help you find ways to get involved in our work and learn how we can make your campus experience amazing. If online interaction is more your style, you can also connect with us on our website (, via e-mail (, by phone at 734-763-4186 or by social media (visit our website for links).

Finally, from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight we will be hosting our first ever “Queer Carnival” at Regents Plaza (look for the big, spinning cube). There will be carnival snacks, games and a chance to connect with LGBTQ faculty and staff, as well as friends and allies. We hope to see you there.

Wishing you all an exciting and rewarding year,

Go Blue,

Spectrum Center staff

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