Spectrum Center

Our Work

Spectrum Center Mission & Vision

With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as our framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. Our work is accomplished through a student-centered, intersectional lens.

The Center envisions an inclusive campus community free of discrimination in all forms where social justice inspires community engagement and equity.

Pride Outside 2019, Photo by Hannah Brauer

Our History

This article provides you with a detailed history of the Spectrum Center and its evolution over time.

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

End of the year Snapshot

Check out the Spectrum Center's End of the Year Snapshot to learn more about the work that has been done throughtout the 2016-2017 Academic Year! 



Spectrum Staff Photo

2016 Lavender Graduation Touches on Themes of Communication, Justice, and Authenticity

The Spectrum Center's 21st Lavender Graduation Ceremony took place on Thursday, April 28 at the Michigan Union. Over 150 guests came together to honor the accomplishments of this year's graduates, with dynamic and influential speakers, laughter, music, and cake. Students, family, friends, alumni, staff, and faculty applauded and recognized the tremendous strength and passion displayed by U-M's LGBTQ+ graduates. Vice President of Student Life Dr. E.

Photo of Rainbow Tassels

Spectrum Center Gains Temporary Full-Time Staff Member

Kaden Hyvonen joins our team as the Spectrum Center’s temporary Office Manager and fifth full-time staff member. Hyvonen’s duties include providing administrative support and handling day-to-day operations of the office such as answering any phone calls that the center may receive, along with directing inquiries from any walk-in questions.

Kaden Hyvonen, Spectrum Center Office Manager