Spotlight: The Glow Centre

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Vivien Pham
Communications Assistant
Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:00

Name: The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location: Student Life Centre 2102
Established: 1971

Whether you’re looking for a safe space for the queer community on campus, you want to learn how to be an active ally, or you’re seeking to be educated on LGBTQ+ experiences, The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity (The Glow Centre) is the place to go.

Established in 1971, The Glow Centre is a student-run service operated by the Federation of Students.

“It was the first service for LGBTQ+ university students that was established in Canada,” said Education Director Adrian Quijano.

“I believe it must have started for the same reason it exists now - to create a space for members of the queer community to feel included and safe and loved,” says Leanne Mendonsa, one of the service’s coordinators. “It’s hard to tell if the aim of The Glow Centre has changed since it began, but it’s always been about the LGBTQ+ community.”

The Glow Centre hosts social events with an aim to educate and advocate for the rights of the queer community. Beyond socializing and educating, Glow’s trained student volunteers are also available to provide closed-door peer support every weekday from 5-6 p.m. It’s completely confidential and you're free to discuss any issues on your mind.

When asked what people get most out of the service, Mendonsa believes that The Glow Centre creates a sense of family for many individuals.

“A lot of people I know who frequent The Glow Centre have been able to build a group of folk who accept them and love them,” they said. “I met almost all my friends through the Centre, and I will forever be thankful to Glow for being a space that fosters those connections.”

Being involved with The Glow Centre is easy: it's open for you to swing by during their office hours, or drop by during their weekly events.

“If you are passionate about our community and want to be a part of a service that strives to make campus better for queer folk, then The Glow Centre is a good place to start that journey,” Mendonsa said.

One of the best ways to get involved with The Glow Centre is to join their volunteer team. Glow’s volunteer, exec, and coordinator applications are open for fall 2019! You can find the applications on Leads [external link] and visit their webpage or Facebook page [external link] for additional information.