Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at UNC now have a new resource to help them organize.
His name is Fred Hashagen, and he's proudly filling the new position of LGBT administrative assistant intern.
But although he's quick to outline his goals, the word he uses most to describe the job ahead of him is "challenging."
"I have to be the person any LGBT group on campus turns to when they need resources or need work done," Hashagen said. "It's a very big task that deserves someone who can dedicate a lot of time and effort to it -- but that will be me."
The administrative assistant position is a new one, funded by Student Congress for one semester, with a $1,500 stipend. Hashagen, a junior political science and philosophy major, is responsible for coordinating all of the eight LGBT groups on campus, including Queer Network for Change, Carolina Alternative Meeting of Professional and Graduate Students, and Lambda.
His responsibilities also include distributing an LGBT resource guide, helping LGBT groups gain official recognition, fund raising and coordinating emergency response efforts should a serious situation, such as a hate crime or suicide threat, occur.
Hashagen will report to Glenn Grossman, co-chairman of CAMP, as well as to Student Congress. Grossman, the head of the search process for the position, said he and other graduate students interviewed six or seven candidates, but that Hashagen, the only undergraduate to apply, was the best choice. "We had some really good people apply," he said. "We decided to go with him because he has a good understanding of how the University works, which we figure is better than training someone from scratch."
Hashagen said he has a list of overarching goals, the most important of which is creating a comfortable environment for LGBT students. "The LGBT community is really the only community where it's incumbent upon their members to identify themselves," he said. "Because we are dependent on members to identify themselves, we are responsible for creating as comfortable an environment as possible for doing so."