Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Center
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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo welcomes and strives for advancement in our support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Asexual community. The university wants to maintain an inclusive and safe campus for all students and embraces their gender, gender identity and/or gender expression, and sexual orientation. These concepts are intertwined, but not the same thing.
If you are part of the LGBTIQA community or an ally who supports the community and are considering attending UH Hilo, know that the University strives to provide a welcoming and safe environment for you. Traditional Hawaiian culture prior to colonization and the introduction of Christianity was characterized by an openness and acceptance of relationship diversity, including same-gender relationships; in the spirit of honoring the indigenous culture and LGBTIQA students, UH Hilo attempts to honor this tradition.
This welcoming environment is demonstrated from the time you first come to UH Hilo. For example, during Fall Orientation, PRIDE HILO hosts a social gathering for LGBTIQA students and their allies. LGBTIQA students will find existing programs, services, and organizations offered on campus that can assist them when needed.
The University of Hawaiʻi President’s Office also sponsors a Commission on the Status of LGBTQI Equality. The Commission promotes a safe and inclusive environment by creating a culture of equality, acceptance, and respect throughout the UH system.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo LGBTQ+ Center is committed to promoting a stronger, healthier and equitable environment for LGBTQ+ community and allies. The LGBTQ+ Center is an inclusive, safe space dedicated to empowering and fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive by providing activities and services that create connections between students and community members; provide essential LGBTQ+ resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity regardless of identity or sexual orientation.
Safe Zone Ally Program
Many University staff members have been trained in providing a "Safe Zone" for students, faculty, and staff. Safe Zone Ally Training educates people about the bullying, harassment, and discrimination that LGBTIQA people experience and need your support to overcome ignorance and discrimination. If you see a Safe Zone symbol on an office door on campus, it identifies a person you can trust: someone who has been trained through our UH Hilo Program and should be understanding, supportive, and helpful. We are working on improving the campus climate for everyone. We have 2 Trainings a semester that are offered through the Women's Center.
In addition, Pride Hilo is a Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) Pride Hilo (first called the Gay & Lesbian ‘Ohana-GLO) was formed in 1991. The mission of Pride Hilo is to nurture, educate, and advocate for LGBTIQA issues on-campus and in the community. They have bi-weekly meetings every semester and you can go to the Pride Hilo Facebook Page to get more information.
Knowing your rights as an LGBTIQA student on campus and being aware of available resources is important personally and academically. Through the University's policy on non-discrimination, we are committed to prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on their gender, gender identity, and/or gender expression and sexual orientation. This covers admission, access, participation, treatment, and employment in all University programs and activities. The UH Hilo Student Conduct Code also promotes the value of respect that all students should demonstrate toward each other, and prohibits harassment. In the event of harassment or discrimination, students should contact the Director of Student Conduct.
Student Services Center E-215 is now a shared space between the LGBTQ+ Center, Women’s Center, and the Student Support Services Program
We invite you to come in as a safe environment to do work. Please follow COVID-19 guidelines and respect our social distancing rules within our shared workshop.
The LGBTQ+ Center has now moved into Student Services Center E-212! The goal for this space is a safe place for everyone and anyone to talk, hangout, or study. During this time the amount of people that can utilize this space at once is limited but as we get through this pandemic together the number will increase, we thank you for your patience.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 932-7381 for any and all inquiries and if you wish to be added to our email list for future events.
The LGBTQ+ Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm. The center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.