Fridays are fabulous in the LGBTQ Center! Every Friday during the academic year, we make Fridays fabulous by inviting the campus community to join us in social and self-care activities, such as crafts, board games, and skills development. Participants can meet new friends, learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community, and de-stress before the weekend.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Why Make Fridays Fabulous?
The LGBTQ Center selected Fridays because it records its highest daily visitation on that day and encounters a number of students who may benefit from accessing community support and resources before the weekend begins. Students are often unaware of how to access campus and community resources, but attending a fun Fabulous Friday event provides them with an opportunity to socialize and ask informed staff members for assistance. During previous Fabulous Friday events, LGBTQ Center staff members and volunteers have assisted students in locating temporary housing, connected students with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and identified emergency financial resources for students, among many others.
The Fabulous Fridays program is informed by the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach, which harnesses individual and community assets to enhance resiliency and mitigate the impact of barriers and risk factors. The atmosphere of Fabulous Friday events provides a safe space where students can engage with their peers, staff, and faculty to build supportive relationships and develop a sense of belonging, as well as access primary prevention resources. To learn more, check out Positive Youth Development resources on youth.gov.
How to Support Fabulous Fridays
The LGBTQ Center experiences its highest visitation on Fridays, allowing us to check in with students and provide them with critical resources at the end of a stressful week before the weekend begins. As this program grows each year, we rely more on community support to ensure its continued success. If you would like to help with Fabulous Friday, you can:
- Attend a Fabulous Friday and connect with other attendees
- Promote the Fabulous Fridays within your networks, classrooms, listservs, and social media
- Host a Fabulous Friday at the LGBTQ Center
- Give to the LGBTQ Center, donate supplies, or purchase items from the LGBTQ Center's Amazon Wishlist
Host a Fabulous Friday
Do you have a craft, skill, or hobby you would like to teach to people? Host a Fabulous Friday at the LGBTQ Center! Students, staff, faculty, and community members are eligible to host.
Click the button below to complete your request to host a Fabulous Friday. Be sure to include a brief description of the activity, a list of supplies, and two dates you are available to host the activity. Historically, the activities have been crafts (tie-dying, perler beading, painting, quilting and more) or board games, but we are always open to new ideas. Check out the photos of past Fabulous Friday events on the LGBTQ Center's Facebook page and Pinterest for more ideas.
Complete the form at least 10 days prior to the Fabulous Friday you would like to host. Once your request is received, a staff member from the LGBTQ Center will connect with you via email to confirm details.
If you have any questions, please send an email to LGBTQ@purdue.edu.
Game Night is generously funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services, Administration Division of Mental Health and Substance Use