Fridays are fabulous in the LGBTQ Center!
We make every Friday fabulous by inviting the campus community to join us in social and self-care activities, such as crafts and board games. Participants find community, learn about the LGBTQIA+ community, and de-stress before the weekend. Students, staff, faculty, and off-campus community members are welcome to attend.
Why Make Fridays Fabulous?
The LGBTQ Center records the highest number of student visits on Fridays. Many students benefit from accessing community support and resources before campus offices close for the weekend.
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. 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 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 participants
- 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
Co-Host Fabulous Friday
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.