GLC celebrates progress, White House letter

National LGBT Center Awareness Day offers Elon students, faculty and staff a chance to better get to know the university's Gender and LGBTQIA Center.

Dozens of members of the Elon community visited the university’s Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC) on Monday to mark National LGBT Center Awareness Day and to celebrate a recent letter the facility received from President Barack Obama. 

The open house, which was held in the GLC’s home in Moseley Center, also served as an opportunity for Elon students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the services the center offers. Recent gains the GLC has made in national rankings were also celebrated. 

“We are simply ecstatic about the White House reaching out to Elon’s GLC to congratulate our work,” center director Matthew Antonio Bosch said. “Recently jumping over 250 universities with our new 4.5-of-5 stars CampusPRIDE national ranking, being recognized during National LGBT Center Awareness Day is another in a string of victories for LGBTQIA inclusion on Elon’s campus. We continue to serve students diligently and compassionately so they truly feel valued, respected and know that they belong.” 

The letter from President Obama thanks staff and volunteers at LGBT community centers across the country and says, in part, “Over time, everyday acts of compassion and generosity can build momentum for change that rises up to create a more just, more hopeful tomorrow.” 

The letter concludes with, “Centers like yours help us become not only more accepting, but more equal as well.” 

You can stay up to date with Elon’s GLC through the center’s Facebook page.