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History of the GSC Heading link

1993: Students petition for an office for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

1994: The Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns (OGLBC) opens at UIC with part-time staff.

1995: Fully functional OGLBC with full-time staff. Dave Barnett appointed full-time Director.

1998: The Office name evolves to include the T for Transgender.

2000: Jacob Mueller is appointed Interim Director.

2001: Patrick Finessy is appointed Director.

2002: Safe Zone program launches at UIC.

2006: The Advocate magazine names UIC one of the Queer-friendliest campuses in the country.

2007: UIC celebrates the first Lavender Graduation in Chicago. The Office’s name changes to Gender and Sexuality Center.

2008: Liz Thomson is appointed Interim Director.

2009: Gender neutral bathrooms opens in BSB.

2011: Megan Carney is appointed Director.

2013: Campus Pride and the Huffington Post name UIC one of the Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendliest Campuses in the country.

2014: Trans* inclusive health care becomes available to UIC students.

2017: S. Simmons is appointed Interim Director.

2018: Moisés Villada is appointed Interim Director.

2019: Jordan “JT” Turner is appointed Director.

2020: Programming and support go Virtual. Campus Climate Study.

2022: Mark R. Martell is appointed Interim Director.

2023: Billy Huff is appointed Director.