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Ithaca College LGBT Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

 ITHACA, NY — Since its founding in 2001, the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services has been actively fostering the academic success and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and offering college-wide services to enhance the campus community’s understanding and appreciation of LGBT people and themes.

The center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with several events scheduled to coincide with the college’s Fall Splash alumni reunion weekend, October 14-16.

“I am so grateful for the energy, imagination, passion and support of LGBT and Allied students, staff and faculty who helped make these 10 years so memorable,” said Lis Maurer, the center’s founding director. “Ithaca College is a very special place, and our shared commitment to creating a learning environment and campus community that honors and values LGBT and allied people is inspiring. I look forward to continuing to work alongside our communities, allies and peers, and to many more anniversary celebrations.”

Examples abound of the center’s success. For the second straight year, Ithaca College received five stars — the highest rating — in the Campus Climate Index sponsored by the national organization Campus Pride. The index takes into account answers by students, faculty and staff to a comprehensive questionnaire assessing LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. The college was also ranked at number 8 in a recent listing by “Newsweek” magazine and “The Daily Beast” website of the most gay-friendly colleges and universities in the nation.

Activities surrounding Fall Splash will include the annual Coming Out Day Speaker, an LGBT and allied class reunion social gathering, a panel discussion with alumni spanning five decades along with leaders of current LGBT-themed student organizations and an open house at the LGBT Center. Go to for a complete schedule of events.

“This will be a great opportunity for current students to meet and network with LGBT and allied alumni, and for alumni to learn more about the center and its work, our award-winning status as one of the most welcoming campuses for LGBT students in the nation, and our current LGBTA-themed student organizations and other offerings and accomplishments,” said Maurer.

Services provided by the center include a resource room that offers a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT people and their allies; resources, information and referrals on LGBT issues; and campus-wide LGBT-themed educational programs and events, including the annual Welcome Back Social, Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series, LGBT Awareness Month and Rainbow Reception.

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