Spectrum Center


Each year students choose to spend some time volunteering with the Spectrum Center in a variety of ways. 

Volunteers can: 

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Request a Spectrum Center Workshop

Through our LGBTQ Allyhood Development Training, participants will grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and ability to act as social justice allies.

These trainings are open to anyone: beginner to advanced, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and regardless of affiliation with the University of Michigan.

Jim Toy, One of Spectrum Center's Founders, Dies at 91

Spectrum Center co-founder and U-M alumnus Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, passed away over the weekend at the age of 91. Toy was known as an outspoken activist and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and worked to establish the Human Sexuality Office in 1971, which later became the Spectrum Center. 

Jim Toy speaking at Lavender Graduation, 2017.

2021 Student Scholarship Recipients

The Spectrum Center awards two scholarships each year, and we'd like to introduce you to this year's recipients! Please join us in congratulating Hasana Lester and Theo Poling!

Scholarship recipients Theo Poling and Hasana Lester

Get to Know New Associate Director, Jesse Beal

Earlier this semester, Jesse Beal (they/them) joined the Spectrum Center as Associate Director. Prior to arriving at the University of Michigan, they served as the Director of The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center at Michigan State University. They bring over a decade of experience leading student-facing affinity-based resource centers at Amherst College, Brandeis University, Suffolk University, and MSU. 

Recently Jesse sat down to talk about their journey to LGBTQ+ work, their research focusing on mental health, and some of their queer media recommendations. Welcome, Jesse!

Jesse Beal


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