What's Happening at the QRC?
Important Updates from QRC Staff
June 18, 2020:
The Queer Resource Center supports the work of DisarmPSU and calls for the immediate and permanent disarming of Campus Public Safety Officers. Please read our public comment shared in this morning's Board of Trustees Meeting:
"Good morning Board Members and President Percy, thank you for your time and engagement.
My name is K Keith, I use they/them pronouns, and I am the Director of the Queer Resource Center. I represent our team at the QRC. We share our message to honor the life of Jason Washington. We urgently ask for the immediate and permanent disarming of CPSO and the speedy redirection of budget and resources to non-police alternatives on campus.
Part of our work at the QRC is to make campus life more welcoming for all queer and trans students. Queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have a long history of victimization by the police, and, consequently, frequently do not feel safe or supported by law enforcement.
Preliminary data from a 2019 climate study of nearly 600 queer and trans PSU students found that 68% of those students feel uncomfortable or very uncomfortable speaking with CPSO about their concerns. I would be happy to share the full report with the Board when it is ready.
Our campus data reflects national data. The 2015 US Transgender survey found that 67% of Black respondents said they would feel somewhat or very uncomfortable asking the police for help.
Armed police on campus do not bring a sense of safety or increased access to campus life for our most targeted students. Training from the QRC has not been sufficient in solving this issue.
June is Pride Month. Pride started as a protest against police violence that targeted queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Queer and trans liberation is rooted in Black activism. This year, as part of Pride, our community is grieving many losses of Black trans people. One loss is Tony McDade, a Black Trans man who was murdered by police on May 27th, 23 days ago. Tony’s murder was preventable, just like Jason Washington’s murder was preventable. Please help ensure the futures of our queer and trans students by disarming CPSO and using our budget for resources and programs that will improve our students’ lives.
Thank you for your time.
June 4, 2020:
Hello QRC Community, We are outraged and grieving for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, Chris Beaty, and David McAtee. We continue to grieve the murders of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and many others. We are committed to anti-racist action at the QRC. We acknowledge our history as an overwhelmingly white dominated space. Please read our entire statement and action plan by clicking here.
June 1, 2020:
The Queer Resource Center professional staff will be on 20% furlough starting June 1st due to university wide workload reductions. Please read our full statement to understand how that will impact support services by clicking here.
March 15, 2020:
In an effort to promote public health and care for our community, the QRC lounge will be closed until further notice. The QRC staff are committed to ensuring access to our services, events, and programs for the PSU community while our physical space is closed. Students will be able to connect with staff directly for support, advocacy, and resources. Our events and programs will move to online formats. Please visit the PSU Food Pantry during Spring term to access safer sex materials and menstrual supplies during our closure.
Click here for resources available during QRC closure