About Us

FAMILY BY DESIGN

Pegasus First Year Experience Programming Board Event - Spa-Jama Party! Jammies and face masks, oh my! 

The Q Center provides an array of resources, educational opportunities and social justice initiatives designed to foster a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. A home away from home, the Center seeks to be a safe environment where gender and sexual diversity is affirmed and community is fostered. Center programming supports and empowers students, faculty and staff contributing to personal, scholarly and professional success.

We define our community broadly to include: people who identify, experience or express their sexual orientation or gender in ways that challenge normative assumptions; people who are in the process of exploring or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity; people who grew up with parents or in families that challenge normative assumptions of sexual orientation and gender; and people who are or seek to become allies to our communities.

Our motto - Family by Design - is both an homage to the unique history of LGBTQ people building families of choice when families of birth rejected them AND a reference to the role the Q Center plays as the "center of gravity" for the Binghamton University LGBTQ communities and the start of life long friendships that feel like family.  

Our Staff

 

Nick in formalwear posing for a picture

Nick Martin (He/Him)        Assistant Director

Areas of Expertise: Project Management, Campus Community Advocacy, Assessment & Strategic Planning, Bias Incident Response, Resource Referral

Scholarly and Social Justice Interests: International LGBTQ+ Advocacy, LGBTQ+ College Student Sense of Belonging and Success, 1st Generation College Student

Fun Fact: While living in the Bay Area of California for two years, Nick went to exactly 100 live theatre shows (plays/musicals)!

Dr. Nic in formalwear posing for a picture

Dr. Nic Francisco (They/Them) Coordinator

Areas of Expertise: Faculty and Staff Organizing, Training and Education, Consensus Decision-making, Curriculum Development

Scholarly and Social Justice interests: Critical Prison Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, LGBTQ Politics

Fun Fact: Dr. Nic has approximately 100 hours of tattoo work on their body!

Julia sitting down posing for a picture

Julia Saltzman (She/They)  Graduate Assistant

Areas of Expertise: Genocide and Atrocity Prevention, Human Rights

Scholarly and Social Justice Interests: Gun Violence Prevention, LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Fun Fact: I did synchronized swimming for 13 years!

Our Info

Center Location

The Center is located on the ground floor of Bartle Library: Library South Ground 549 (LS-G549) and is most easily accessed through the exterior doors of the Library on West Drive.

Center hours

During the academic year, the Center is open Monday - Friday, 12 pm - 5 pm.

During breaks and summers, the Center is open from 12 pm - 3 pm.

Contact Us!

Call Us: 607-777-6028

Email Us: lgbtq@binghamton.edu

Follow Us: @qcenterbing

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