Michigan SOGI Initiative
The goals of the SOGI Initiative are to provide a safe and welcoming space, to create a more supportive and inclusive campus climate that encourages the success of all students, staff, faculty and administrators regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, to increase awareness of the realities that face gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex (GLBTQQI) people, and to advocate for the larger GLBTQQI community.
The purpose of this organization is to provide supportive, educational, outreach, and community events, activities, and networking opportunities for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and visitors in the School of Education and Human Services who identify as GLBTQQI, and allies.
The acronym in the title of this initiative, SOGI (soh’-jee), was chosen specifically because it is an all-inclusive term. All people have a sexual orientation towards others, as well as a sense of self that rests somewhere along a continuum of feminine to masculine, even if either – or both – may shift at different times in life. If we are to enact positive change toward equality and social justice, we must understand that SOGI issues are not about them; SOGI issues are about us – the students, educators and civic leaders who care for all who come into our schools, businesses and communities, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. SOGI issues are not theirs; SOGI issues are ours.
The LGBTQIA ERG Mission is to foster an inclusive, open campus community, and to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied people. By supporting diversity and inclusion visibility & initiatives we also support the diversity and full inclusion and achievements of our student body.
The Oakland University Counseling Center, located in the Graham Health Center has been serving the students and staff of the university for over 30 years. We provide a broad range of mental health services which include:
- Personal Counseling
- Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing
- Career Testing and Counseling
- Substance Abuse Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention
- Consultation and Outreach
- Crisis Intervention