Members of Washtenaw Community College’s Out-Space club—a student organization whose mission is to support WCC students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+)—recently traveled to Jackson College to give a presentation to its recently formed Gay-Straight Alliance called Jet Pride.

During the presentation, WCC students shared highlights from their trip to the 2016 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference held at Purdue University.

The meeting provided an opportunity for Out-Space members to develop intercollegiate connections, share what they learned at the conference and advise Jackson College students on how to develop an active engaged club. Out-Space members also took the opportunity to express appreciation of WCC’s efforts to make WCC a more welcoming and inclusive place for LGBTQIA+ students.

“On-campus support systems for LGBTQIA+ students are essential to developing an appreciation and respect for diversity and inclusion in higher education,” said Out-Space Officer Alan Ridley. “Moreover, the group provides members with crucial emotional support and a spirit of camaraderie that in many cases, allows our members to flourish both academically and personally.”

For more information about the Out-Space Club visit: www.facebook.com/OutSpaceWCC/.