Listed below are all the resources offered at Wichita State University to LGBTQA students, faculty and staff.
ODI Queer Corner
The LGBTQ Student Center, fondly referred to as the "Queer Corner" is located in RSC 205 and is the primary office space for the LGBTQ Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Brad Thomison. The space features a lounge area with comfy furniture and is a great place to relax. It is open most of the day M-F, 9-5. If this space is closed (when Brad is at meetings), LGBTQ students are always welcome in the ODI main office, RSC 208.
Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies
Spectrum is a social discussion group for the WSU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies. If you are interested in learning more or wish to show your support by being a part of our group, please feel free to stop by one of our weekly meetings. Everyone is welcome!
Meetings are at 7 p.m. every Thursday in Rhatigan Student Center Room 203. * Subject to change.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus that strives for academic excellence by creating an environment that educates, empowers and mobilizes our students, campus and community. The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQA programming — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus.
Phone: (316) 978-3034
Rhatigan Student Center Suite 208
Counseling & Testing Center
The Counseling & Testing Center offers a variety of services, such as psychological assessments and national exams. The office aims to help students, faculty and staff succeed in their personal, academic and work lives.
Phone: (316) 978-3440
Grace Wilkie Hall Room 320
Student Health Services
Student Health Services offers mostly free or discounted medical services to WSU students. SHS provides medical treatment for ill or injured students, and also offers guidance and education in health matters to promote good health and prevent disease.
Phone: (316) 978-3620
Ahlberg Hall Room 209
With a diverse line-up of fitness, recreation and leisure activities, Campus Recreation at Wichita State University aspires to be the best part of your Shocker day! Utilize the gender-neutral showers conveniently located right next to the stairs leading down to the racquetball and Cycle Studio activity area. There are lockers for individuals to safely store their belongs.
Phone: (316) 978-3082
University Libraries LGBTQ Resources Guide
Ablah Library is a great resource for students wanting books, articles, websites and films about LGBTQA issues.
Student Conduct and Community Standards
Student Conduct and Community Standards at Wichita State University promotes student learning and development and a campus culture of respect and responsibility. The office aims to encourage a community of acceptance and accountability by creating processes and policies designed to resolve conflict in an appropriate manner.
Phone: (316) 978-6681
Grace Wilkie Annex Room 170
Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church
Table of Hope MCC is an all-inclusive and diverse church for all people. Table of Hope welcomes persons of every race, language, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, economic or marital status and faith background.
Phone: (316) 267-1852
Fax: (810) 277-1859
156 S. Kansas, Wichita, KS 67211
GLSEN Wichita is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. More than 40 chapters around the country work to cover a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to teacher training to supporting students and educators around the country.
While some chapters have full-time or part-time staff, most are entirely volunteer-based. GLSEN is always looking for new volunteers to help ensure safe schools for all.
800 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67214
The Liberty Press is Kansas' own LGBT publication. You can pick up a copy from the University Information Center in the Rhatigan Student Center, or at newsstands across Wichita.
Phone: (316) 652-7737
A place where LGBT people, their parents, families and friends gather to listen and talk about coming out and being come out to. We hold regular free monthly PFLAG support meetings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at College Hill United Methodist Church. Wichita PFLAG is open to everyone from any denomination, religion, non-religion or ethnicity -- all are welcome. Our meetings have a time for support groups and generally a short educational program.
PFGLAG meets at College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. 1st Street
Positive Directions is a service organization for the HIV and AIDS community in Wichita and South-Central Kansas.
The Center of Wichita
The Center is a local resource center for the LGBTQA community. It is also a great resource for Wichita youth seeking a safe space to socialize with other LGBTQA youth.
Wichita Transgender Coalition
The Wichita Transgender Coalition is a supportive social, educational and advocacy group dedicated to meeting the needs of the transgender community in Wichita, Kan., and the surrounding area.
Wichita Pride, Inc.
Wichita Pride are organizers and producers of Wichita’s PrideFest. PrideFest is a multi-day celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Allied communities, along with a festival and parade, there are several other events, many of which are family-oriented and child-friendly.
Phone: 1 (888) 292-7011
Kansas Equality Coalition
The Kansas Equality Coalition is a unified, state-wide group of fair-minded people who are determined to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. We seek to ensure the dignity, safety and legal equality of all Kansans.
Phone: (316) 683-1706
800 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67214
College Hill United Methodist Church
At College Hill United Methodist, we embrace diversity in our congregation and community, and we affirm the dignity and worth of every person created in the image of God. We honor the guiding principle that discrimination is incompatible with God’s message of unconditional love. We welcome into full membership and participation in all aspects of our church life persons of every race, language, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, economic or marital status, and faith background, and we affirm and celebrate all loving and committed relationships.
Phone: (316) 683-4643
2930 E. 1st St., Wichita, KS 67214
Additional Safe Zone Materials
A document that compiles additional safe zone materials from Safe Zone LGBTQ Training.
Document: Additional Safe Zone Resources
A document compiling information and resources on bisexuality has been provided by Robyn Ochs.
Document: Resources on Bisexuality
Each of the definitions in the LGBTQI Terminology has been carefully researched and closely analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives for cultural sensitivity, common usage and general appropriateness. We have done our best to represent the most popular uses of the terms listed; however, there may be some variation in definitions depending on location.
Please note that each person who uses any or all of these terms does so in a unique way (especially terms that are used in the context of an identity label).
If you do not understand the context in which a person is using one of these terms, it is always appropriate to ask. This is especially recomended when using terms that we have noted that can have a derogatory connotation.
Document: LGBTQI Terminology
The Genderbread Person (v3.3)
The Genderbread Person (v3.3) is used during the Gender Diversity/Transgender Training. Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but most people do not. This tasty little guide is meant to be an appetizer for gender understanding.
Document: The Genderbread Person (v3.3)
A document compiling information and resources on recognizing distress.
Document: Recognizing Distress
Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
Frequently Asked Questions
A document that provides the most frequently asked questions regarding the campus climate for the gender and/or sexual minority community at Wichita State University.
Document: Frequently Asked Questions
Substance abuse is a huge problem within the LGBTQ community and is much more common than in any other demographic. The Alarming Statistics of LGBTQ Substance Abuse is an article that talks about the common percentages that LGBTQ communities face with drugs and alcohol.