By Sung Wi | Staff Writer |
If you’re interested in meeting new people here on campus, the Pride Center offers many events on campus for you to get involved.
The Pride Center is here to support all CSUSB students. Their event on Wednesday, Oct. 2 welcomed students and informed them about their center.
The goal of the Pride Center is to serve the community, provide best resources, safe space to interact with each other, and it is also a hangout place that offers a kitchen, a computer room and free games.
Students that attended were offered free pizza complementary to a birthday party for staff member Jorge Rivera. The attendees enjoyed playing games and getting to know each other.
The event started at 11 a.m. and more and more students started to pile into the room.
Student Gabriel Matos said he learned about the Pride Center because of the posters up around campus informing students of their event.
“I was here a couple of times, but today’s the first day I attended event,” said Matos. “I’m enjoying it. I’m gay, and there are lots of gays I see on campus.” Students like Matos were excited to meet new people.
Jorge Rivera, introduced himself as an employee at the Pride Center. He introduced students to the many resources the Pride Center offers including information sessions where students can enjoy the community and fun events they hold throughout the year.
As previously mentioned, The Pride Center emphasizes support towards all CSUSB students. They strive to raise awareness about the Pride Center and get the word out about the LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and ally) community and the situations they are facing and overcoming.
“Feel free to come to the Pride Center anytime! Everybody here is friendly, and we are also very supportive to everybody in the community,” encourages Rivera.
As Rivera mentioned, the Pride Center has many interesting and educational events like the Gender & Sexuality Minor Studies Reception, Oct. 8 from 4-6 p.m. which will give students an opportunity to talk with Dr. Todd Jennings about how to take classes in this program.
The Coming Out Monologue, Oct.10 from 7-9 p.m. which will feature students and their stories about how they have come out in the LGBTQQIA community.
And movie night which will be a screening of Fag Bug on Oct. 23 from 4-6 p.m. which is a documentary on how to triumph hate crime within the LGBTQQIA community.
The Pride Center is located in the San Manuel Student Union in room 113, near Starbucks. Any student who wants to know more about the LGBTQQIA community is encouraged to stop by or check their website studentunion.csusb.edu/centers/pc/.