The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is one step closer to getting a center on campus after forming a coalition made up of various campus groups.
While the formation of the coalition is a step in the right direction, various hurdles remain -- including organizing a meeting with administrators and submitting a request for meeting space.
The coalition, which meets about once a month, was formed at the beginning of the fall 2000 semester. They spent last semester organizing the intracoalition hierarchy and will begin tackling issues this semester -- the most significant of which is developing a GLBT center.
Gay and lesbian groups such as Carolina Alternative Meetings of Professional and Graduate Students, Queer Network for Change, School of Public Health Gay and Lesbian Caucus, the School of Social Work Gay and Lesbian Caucus, Lambda Law Student Association and Lambda magazine make up the coalition.
Glenn Grossman, a third-year graduate student in the School of Public Health, serves as an advisor to the chairmen of the coalition. "We're currently still outlining the goals and strategizing," Grossman said. "Our short-term goal is to work with Chancellor (James) Moeser to establish a task force on the issue."
Grossman said the task force will have two primary aims.
"We hope to identify and characterize the needs of the gay and lesbian community, and to create a five-year plan for responding to these needs," he said.
Grossman said he anticipates that while addressing the needs of the gay and lesbian community, the chancellor and his task force might find that the community would be best served by being awarded its own space for centralization.