Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 47
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Annual Events

The Gender and Sexuality Center is proud to host a number of campus events supporting the LGBTQIA community at Oakland University. For more information on any of the below events, either visit the Gender and Sexuality Center in the Oakland Center, Room 49D or email them at

Event locations and details vary, registration maybe required.

LGBTQIA Welcome Reception

The LGBTQIA Welcome Reception is held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, and is open to all students, staff and faculty. The reception offers the opportunity to become familiar with the LGBTQIA programs and services available at OU, as well as meet staff from the Gender and Sexuality Center. The event also introduces the leadership of the LGBTQIA employee resource group and the executive board of the Gay-Straight Alliance, LGBTQIA Media Club and Transcend. Food and refreshments are provided for those in attendance. No registration is required.

Jump Start for LGBTQIA Students

Jump Start for LGBTQIA is an annual event held in the fall semester and is new student focused, but open to all students. The event is a great way to network with new students, and meet members of the LGBTQIA community including executive board members of the Gay-Straight Alliance, LGBTQIA Media Club and Transcend. The event also brings former alumni became to campus to share valuable advice on campus involvement and for professional development. Additionally, the event offers students the opportunity to learn about available campus resources. Food is provided and registration is required.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Centered around November 20th of every year, though the event date is flexible, Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those lives that were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Though the event details change from year to year, previous years have included, vigils, panel discussions and memorial displays. No registration is required.

World AIDS Day

Centered around December 1 of every year, though the event date is flexible, World AIDS Day is intended to raise awareness of HIV, remember those who have died, and break down the stigma that still surround the disease. Event details vary from year to year, though previous years have included, display of the NAMES Memorial Quilt, guest speakers and filming screenings. Registration is not required.

Lavender Graduation Celebration

Part of Pride Month, and held annually every April, Lavender Graduation Celebration is a way for the Gender and Sexuality Center to celebrate and congratulate students on their graduation. Individuals who are graduating are encouraged to invite family, friends and loved ones to celebrate with. The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. Graduating students are typically rewarded with a rainbow tassel symbolizing their involvement with the LGBTQIA community at OU, and have the opportunity to be recognized at the event. Students who wish to be recognized at the event can register here. Registration for general attendance can be found here.

Pride Month

Pride Month is held every April and is open to all students, staff and faculty. Pride Month is hosted to celebrate OU’s diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity with events that raise awareness, promote education, and foster a sense of community. It is our goal to make Pride Month a university-wide collaboration between campus partners to present Oakland University’s students, staff, and faculty and the surrounding community with the opportunity to learn from and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Events include:

  • Lavender Graduation Celebration (registration required)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance's Annual Drag Show
  • Pride Prom
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Film Screenings