Spectrum Center

Upcoming Events:



  • World AIDS Day - Film Screening and Discussion | Thursday, December 1 from 5-7pm ET | In-person
    • Spectrum Center is proud to partner with the Visual AIDS organization for Day With(out) Art 2022 by presenting BEING & BELONGING, a program of seven new videos centering the emotional reality of living with HIV today. Join us for a free screening December 1 from 5-7 PM in the Spectrum Center. The program features new work by Clifford Prince King, Jaewon Kim, Mikiki, Davina “Dee” Conner & Karin Hayes, Camila Arce, Jhoel Zempoalteca & La Jerry, and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas & Santiago Lemus. A day of mourning and action that uses art to respond to the ongoing HIV and AIDS crisis, Day With(out) Art encourages museums, universities, and art institutions to present related programming on or around December 1, World AIDS Day. AIDS is not over! A screening of the films will be accompanied by a short discussion with Evan Hall, HIV test counselor from Unified HIV Health & Beyond.
  • Togetherness: QTBIPOC Gathering | Monday, December 5 from 3:30-5pm ET | In-person
    • Co-hosted by Spectrum Center and MESA and typically held the second Monday of the month, these gatherings provide space for QTBIPOC students to build on-campus community. We have shifted December's gathering to avoid conflicts with student finals and finishing up the fall semester, and we will be decorating cookies! There will be desserts, drinks, and good company as we co-create this space together. Come chat, hangout, connect, snack, and vibe with us in the adjoined MESA/Spectrum offices!
  • Gender-Affirming Clothing Closet | Thursday, December 8 from 11am - 4pm ET | In-person
    • The Spectrum Center (suite 3020, Michigan Union) will be hosting a Gender Affirming Clothing Closet on Thursday, Dec 8th, between 11-4. Come look through the collection of clothing donated by the UofM community and take home whatever you find that makes you feel great! A variety of clothing, accessories, and makeup will be available.
  • FreshSpectives De-Stress and Study Night | Sunday, December 11 from 8 to 10 PM ET | In-person
    • FreshSpectives is an affinity group for first-year LGBTQ+ students, no matter standing.
    • Come to the Spectrum Center (3020 Michigan Union) and study for finals, practice self care, destress and unwind, and hang out! Prior registration and attendance of previous events not required.

Visit Pop-Up Pride Stations:

The Pop-Up Pride Stations are a once-a-week occurrence where you'll be able to find the resources, giveaways, and staff connection in various locations across campus! Feel free to stop by, ask questions, and hang out (given there's extra room). A staff member will be available at the stated location for most of the day. Currently confirmed visits are listed on Happening @ Michigan and on our LGBTQ+ Events at UM calendar. Feel free to suggest additional locations!


Below is a list of various annual events and celebration programs that are coordinated by the Spectrum Center. To see the full list of currently scheduled Spectrum Center events and details, check out our Happening @ Michigan calendar.

Pride Outside: LGBTQ Welcome 

Join the Spectrum Center as we host our Welcome Week event: LGBTQ Welcome Festival! Meet the faculty & staff on the University of Michigan OUTlist and enjoy free food and activities while getting to know your queer community on campus. Everyone is welcome!

LGBT Graduate Student Mixer 

Welcome (or welcome back) to LGBTQ graduate students! Mix and mingle with new and returning students over dinner. A welcome will be offered from the Spectrum Center in collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School. This is the place to connect with other LGBTQ graduate students at U-M as well as learn about the many LGBTQ resources around U-M and Ann Arbor, MI. 

Celebrate Bi/Pan/Fluid Visibility Day 

Bi/Pan/Fluid Day, observed annually nationwide on September 23, is a day of celebration, awareness, and visibility for the bisexual community. The Spectrum Center recognizes this important day with an inspiring event.

LGBTQ History Month (October)

LGBTQ History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history, and the history of the gay rights, transgender rights, and related civil rights movements. The Spectrum Center celebrates these efforts through several events throughout the month of October.

National Coming Out Week

On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Now, every October 11, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and allies participate in National Coming Out Day events across the country. The Spectrum Center extends coming out events to a week-long celebration.

See also: National Coming Out Day (October 11th)

Trans Awareness Week 
Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th)

Trans Awareness Week is a set of events designed to celebrate the lives and contributions of Trans-Identified members of our community. Events have included teach-ins, art shows, film screenings and brownbags. Transgender Day of Remembrance, held on or around November 20, is a solemn ceremony of remembrance of those whose lives were taken as a result of gender identity and/or gender expression.

World AIDS Day (December 1st)

Every year, World AIDS Day events take place across the globe to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV. The Spectrum Center honors the lives of those we lost from AIDS as well as support those living with HIV through events on and around December 1st.

LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week 

LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week is a series of events hosted by the Spectrum Center in partnership with various campus and community groups. The goal is that the events offered will create spaces in which both students and community members can engage and will find meaningful, valuable, and useful to their own lives. This is the first time the Spectrum Center has hosted a week around this particular topic, which takes a look at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and attractionality as it relates to health and wellness.

MBLGTACC Student Delegation

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond. It has attracted advocates and thought leaders including Angela Davis, Nyle DiMarco, Robyn Ochs, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Kate Bornstein, Faisal Alam, and LZ Granderson; and entertainers and artists including Jujubee, Margaret Cho, J Mase III, Chely Wright, and Loren Cameron.

To date, MBLGTACC is America's largest and oldest continuously-held conference for queer and trans+ college students. And it remains proudly student-run. See the official MBLGTACC website here.

(* This trip typically occurs pending funding/financial assistance and location of the conference)

International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31st)

TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!

Lavender Graduation 

In 1995, Ronni Sanlo, then the Director of the University of Michigan's Spectrum Center, designed the first Lavender Graduation, a commencement event specifically for LGBT students and their allies. Lavender Graduation has since become an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. Graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates, and professional students, are invited to take part in Lavender Graduation, which occurs each year in conjunction with university-wide commencement events.