The Umbrella Club is trying to create a permanent resource desk at the Puyallup campus.
Nicole Caroll, club president; Christina Crawford, PR representative and Brian McQuay, club legislative officer, met with Pierce College Puyallup President Marty Cavalluzzi on Feb. 12 to discuss a potential Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender center on campus. The idea of a center follows the club’s purpose.
The Umbrella Club’s mission is “to inspire self-confidence and advance equality by providing a safe and welcoming community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, transgender, questioning, queer and ally students of Pierce College Puyallup.”
The club, which began in fall quarter 2013, was one of many clubs added at the college by ASPCP club senator Monique Grayson, who set a goal to increase the number of clubs on campus in hopes of building a stronger community.
The purpose of the Umbrella Club is to “endeavor to benefit the college and community by organizing social, charitable and educational events on and off campus in pursuance of increasing understanding and eliminating prejudicial injustice.”
According to a Pierce College survey, which was taken by students when they enrolled for fall quarter classes, a wide variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer/Questioning and Ally students attend the college.
According to the responses concerning sexual orientation question, more than 360 students label themselves as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer/questioning and other; 6,179 identified as straight and 1,402 preferred not to answer the question.
Another survey was distributed to students asking about their knowledge of LGBT students on campus. Survey results show 40 out of 78 students supported having a permanent desk at Pierce.
“The Umbrella Club is setting out to ensure that the LGBTQ community has available resources necessary to succeed at Pierce College and beyond,” McQuay said. “The club is setting out a lofty goal considering its newness at the school. They want to bring diverse, fun and educational events to the student body with a focus on the LGBT community through the activities they host.”
He added that the Umbrella Club members are working toward offering campus events, such as a mythbusters for bisexual awareness and a two-part drag show in March.
“The club wants to make a lasting impact on the school by working toward a resource center that is exclusive to the LGBT community on campus,” McQuay said. “All in hopes of educating the general public with ‘fun activities.’”
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