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Between 1970 and today, there have been many milestones that marked our progression into the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

  • 1970

    Gay Liberation Front formed as NIU’s first student organization supporting LGBT persons.

  • 1979

    With recommendations from NIU’s Women’s Programming Committee, Provost Wendell Harris created University Resources for Women located in Swen Parson Hall.

  • 1980

    During fall 1980, a task force proposed to then President William Monat a concept for an advisory group on issues important to women that would become the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).

  • 1981

    Board of Regents established the Office of University Resources for Women and moved to the Wirtz House. The location is now known as Martin Luther King Commons.

  • 1990

    Office of University Resources for Women moved to 105 Normal Road.

  • 1990-1991

    NIU’s Gay Liberation Front submitted proposal to then President John LaTourette requesting a Presidential Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Concerns.

  • 1992

    NIU established The Task Force on Discrimination Based on Sexual orientation.

  • 2003

    Campus climate survey by The Task Force on Discrimination Based on Sexual orientation led to opening of NIU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.

  • 2005

    Office of University Resources for Women became Women’s Resource Center.

  • 2009

    Women’s Resource Center celebrated its 30th anniversary with a new logo and campus/community-wide book donation project.

    Arndt House 1990 - Spring 2014 (as Women’s Resource Center)
    Arndt House 1990 - Spring 2014 (as Women’s Resource Center)
  • 2013

    Photo project celebrated 10th anniversary of LGBT Resource Center.

    LGBT RC Celebrates 10 Years, Spring 2013
    LGBT RC Celebrates 10 Years, Spring 2013
  • 2013-2014

    Women’s Resource Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center merge into the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

    Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Summer 2014
    Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Summer 2014

Contact Us

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
105 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
P: 815-753-4772
gsrc@niu.edu

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