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LGBTQ+ Center Spreads Diversity and Inclusivity at IU Kokomo

Hannah Ruckman, friendly face at the Multicultural Center.

With lunch and learns, social events, and lectures, the LGBTQ+ Center continues to encourage equity and inclusion within students around campus.  

Ben Liechty, center director, advocates for dedicated spaces for all LGBTQ+ students and allies to be able educate themselves about the community and “Be their authentic selves without judgement or fear,” Liechty said.  

His main goal within the center is to have more students attend campus events and create a stronger positive environment and better understanding of the community.  

The center has participated in Lunch and Learn events on campus as well as a coming out day discussion during LGBTQ+ History Month in October. The center has also done sex education presentations and friendship bracelets to involve all students, spark conversation, and create an open, inclusive environment.  

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Bev Marshall, human resources assistant, is a Safe Zone trained employee. IU Kokomo employees participate in Safe Zone training to better provide students with knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community and offers ways that others can support them.  

The importance of supporting LGBTQ+ students, as well as all students is to provide safe and affirming spaces as a core element of student success,” Marshall said. “It helps reduce the risk of anxiety, depression, and overall wellbeing when students know they are safe and supported.” 

Rosalyn Davis, faculty diversity liaison, believes that a more active effort to support minoritized communities will create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.  

“It is important to help all of our students, but those who are from marginalized or minoritized communities may need to see a more active effort on behalf of our campus community to be welcoming, understanding and working to make sure that they feel safe,” Davis said. 

Davis is also a Safe Zone trainer who supports and leads activities and discussions in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) to ensure that every major on campus is active in DEIJ learning outcomes.  

Alex Smith, student worker in the center works with fellow equity ambassador, Hannah Ruckman, to create events for the LGBTQ+ community around campus. She believes in celebrating the “many different identities” within IU Kokomo as well as educating.  

The center is hosting their annual bracelet day on Dec. 6 from 11-1 in Alumni Hall to celebrate Pansexual Pride Day.  

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