In the hallway
Right outside the Q Center door you’ll find a bulletin board with information on resources for lgbtq communities, upcoming events and programs, and even free condoms and other types of contraception. Feel free to come by just to browse outside the door.
The Q Center Staff Desk
When you walk through the door, the first thing you’ll see is the Q Center staff desk. Whoever sitting there is on duty and ready to help you with whatever question or concern you might have. You’re welcome to come by and talk to us about whatever you want.
We try to do our best to make the Q Center an open, welcoming space for everyone. If the person at the staff desk isn’t able to help you, they can refer you to someone who may. Finally, don’t worry about signing in or anything like that – you can also just come by and look around and we won’t bother you.
Lounge and Tables
To the right of the staff desk we have a couple couches, a rocking chair, and tables where you’re welcome to come hang out, nap, eat lunch, read, study, or whatever. There’s usually plenty of candy to munch on and the lounge area is filled with pamphlets, artwork, and exhibits you can browse through. Also, if you’re part of a student group looking for meeting space, the Q Center lounge is available – contact us if you’re interested.
Four large bookshelves in the left corner make up the Q Center Lending Library – a collection of over 900 books, films, magazines, and other media. The library is made up of materials relating to lgbtq topics and characters, both fictional and non-fictional. You can drop by to peruse through what we have, sit down and read for a bit, and if you’d like, you can check out items from the library for two weeks at a time with renewals. To check something out, talk to whoever is sitting at the staff desk.
Computers and Printing
We have two Windows PCs with Microsoft Word and Excel available for you to check your e-mail, go on Facebook, work on assignments, or whatever. Feel free to come in and use them for anything you need. If you’re in a bind and you need to print something out, we have a printer available, though please try to be respectful of our limited resources.
The Q Center conference room – sometimes called the “Champagne Room” – is located down the back hallway next to Jennifer’s office. It’s usually empty and available if you’re looking for a quiet place to study or relax or talk. If you need a safe space to have a private conversation, the room is perfect – just show up and it’ll be made available for you. Additionally, the conference room is available for student groups who would like to use it for meetings or events – if you’re interested, please let us know.
Last but not least, the back corner of the Q Center is the office of the Q Center Director, Jennifer Self. She has a PhD and Masters in Social Work and is a licensed counselor. She directs the Q Center’s staff, programs, and activities. She is also available to talk with anyone from the UW community who is facing difficulties or questions related to their sexuality and identity. If you’d like to talk with Jennifer, it’s best to e-mail ahead of time and set up an appointment.