Queer and LGBT Advocacy Board

Mission

The Queer and LGBT Advocacy Board (QLAB), comprised of out and allied faculty and staff, makes ongoing assessment of attitudes and conditions throughout the University regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and Queer persons and issues.

QLAB also advocates for positive changes and seeks implementation of these recommendations on issues such as:

  1. The University-wide environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and Queer students, staff and faculty
  2. Appropriate supportive services for such students, staff and faculty
  3. Educational programs for the entire University community
  4. Other matters affecting the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and Queer community members at University of Nevada, Reno
  5. Opportunities for working collaboratively and in concert with a variety of affinity groups.

Resources

The QLAB maintains a growing list of resources for University community members to make use of. If you would like to suggest additional links, please email our executive board. 

Student groups

  • Queer Student Union is dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA acceptance and understanding on the University campus as well as the Reno/Sparks community. Email the Queer Student Union to connect.
  • Gender, Race, and Identity Club is dedicated to promoting acceptance, knowledge, and diversity throughout the university. Email the Gender, Race, and Identity Club to connect. 
  • Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) is Nevada’s first LGBT+ inclusive sorority. Alpha Class at UNR: “Truth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity, strength in trust.” Email the GRL to connect. 
  • oSTEM is dedicated to building and supporting LGBTQ+ community in the STEM fields. Connect with them at the oSTEM Twitter
  • LGBTQIA Medical School Alliance is dedicated to improving medical care for the LGBTQIA community. Email the LGBTQIA Medical School Alliance to connect. 

Scholarships

University resources

  • Counseling Services provides psychological services to University of Nevada, Reno students to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.
  • The Multicultural Center is a critical university hub of cultural, LGBTQIA, gender-focused services, programs, and social justice initiatives that support student success and increase graduation rates of students at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Pack Provisions On-Campus Food Pantry strives to support all members of the University of Nevada, Reno with the daily resources they need to ensure success. The mission is carried out by providing access to perishable and non-perishable foods, school supplies, hygiene items and more.
  • Gender-inclusive housing is available at the University. Information and applications can be found at the Residential Life, Housing & Food Services website.

Local resources

  • Our Center works to establish and maintain a safe, empowering, and supportive center in Northern Nevada that addresses advocacy, education and services.
  • Northern Nevada HOPES LGBTQ Services: At HOPES, we welcome all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. We support the LGBTQ+ community by providing culturally competent healthcare, social services, and community outreach and education. Together, we can create a strong, cohesive LGBTQ+ network that connects people, solves problems and builds a healthier Reno community.
  • Transgender Allies Group (TAG): Offers resources, information and support for transgender individuals and their families.
  • PFLAG Carson City: Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization.

Executive leadership

Join the QLAB Faculty/Staff Listserv

Out and/or allied faculty or staff that would like to stay informed about events and issues related to LGBTQ+ life at the University, should subscribe to the LGBTQIA Faculty and Staff listserv. This list is managed by Diversity & Inclusion.

Out and/or allied faculty or staff that are interested in becoming an active member of the LGBTQ+ Task Force, should subscribe to the QLAB listserv. This list is managed by the QLAB Executive Board.