Mission Statement and Purpose
The Pride Center at Eastern Washington University is a student-funded unit that strives to be an inclusive and affirming community space for people of all sexual, romantic, and gender identities, particularly those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, non-binary, third gender, a-/bi-/pangender, genderqueer/-fluid, two-spirit, and polyamorous (LGBTQ+).
The Pride Center provides support and advocacy, empowers student voices, connects community members to on-campus and local resources, creates and facilitates inspiring programs and events, and delivers educational trainings and workshops to members of the EWU community. Guided by a deep understanding of the need for intersectional social justice frameworks, the Pride Center is committed to strong alliances and partnerships with diverse cultural, ethnic, political, spiritual, and arts communities at EWU and beyond.
Location and Hours
The Pride Center is located in Showalter Hall, Room 105. It is staffed by the Pride Center Manager and student employees. The Center’s hours may vary due to schedule changes, but general hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
Pride Center History
In Spring 2009, Eastern created the LGBTQ+ Task force made up of faculty, staff, and students. Their mission was to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ+ communities. The Task Force was chaired by Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott, the former Director of the Office of Transitions and Inclusion. The Task Force met in Summer 2009 to determine the most critical areas for action at EWU. They established three goals at the retreat:
- Train faculty and staff about LGBTQ+ issues
- Provide visibility on the campus, including an LGBTQ+ center
- Receive support on important issues from the university’s administration.
Following the retreat, the Pride Center opened in Fall 2009 and was staffed by faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Sandy Williams, editor of Black Lens, was hired as the part-time Pride Center Coordinator in 2010 and the official grand opening of the Center [pictured above] was during Winter 2010. The Center has grown every year since it opened, and acquired funding to hire a full-time Pride Center Manager beginning Fall 2015.