MSU extends support services for LBGTQIA+ students and employees – MSUToday

Jan. 20, 2023
Following the release of the 2022 Know More @ MSU Campus Survey, Michigan State University announced the extension of relationship violence, sexual misconduct and mental health services for students, staff and faculty who identify as transgender and nonbinary.

Starting this semester, the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, or GSCC, will partner with campus services to embed RVSM advocates and counselors within its programming. Specifically, these resources will come from MSU Safe Place; Center for Survivors; Counseling and Psychiatric Services or CAPS, which offers counseling services to students; and Employee Assistance Program or EAP, which offers counseling services for staff and faculty.

“We are aware that transgender and nonbinary students often experience abuse and trauma at higher rates than other students and may not know about or feel trusting of programs offering support services based on  national data and the recent Know More Survey results,” said Heather Shea, interim director of the GSCC. “Because of that, we have committed to specific outreach and supportive services to create safe spaces for this community.”

The GSCC is a student-centered campus resource that works to celebrate, affirm and empower LGBTQIA+ members of the MSU community. Through education, engagement, advocacy and student support, the GSCC works to create an inclusive campus culture for people of all genders and sexual identities.
“We are committed to developing additional outreach and programming to continue to support transgender and non-binary students, community members and employees,” said Tana Fedewa, director of MSU’s Center for Survivors.
Expanded services include:
The RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup will be using data from the recent Know More Campus Survey to develop additional solutions for LGBTQIA+ campus community members. This will build on the work of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Strategic Plan, which has been a major driver of RVSM efforts on campus and was tasked with creating a values-driven operational plan with recommended initiatives, timelines and metrics.
The workgroup — cochaired by Rebecca Campbell, professor of psychology and Andrea Munford, deputy chief of the Community Support Bureau at MSU’s Department of Police and Public Safety — was formed in 2018 to make immediate recommendations to transform MSU’s institutional response to RVSM and oversee the implementation of those changes. 
“Offering these services is just the first step in our process,” said Campbell. “We know that we must do more to prevent violence against transgender and nonbinary members of our community. We will be continuing to develop strategies for a more long-term plan throughout the semester.”
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