Spectrum Center

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

Volunteers can: 

  • Be a GPS mentor 
    • GPS (Guidance - Perspective - Support) is a tool for LGBTQ and similarly-identified students to utilize as they are navigating their understanding of their identities. GPS mentors help provide mentees guidance with helpful information and resources, useful perspective of their own experience and support around identity development.
  • Serve as a CenterSpace host
    • CenterSpace provides a monthly drop-in space for different communities within queer life at the University of Michigan. CenterSpace hosts help to create space for people of similar identities to gain support from one another while building a community of collective resources. 
  • Be a part of the Programming Board
    • Spectrum Center Programming Board is a student organization and volunteer leadership opportunity, with graduate and undergraduate students selected through application and interview. The Programming Board plans their own LGBTQ+ events and support for all signature events including LGBTQ Welcome Festival, Trans Awareness Week, LGBTQIA+ Health and Wellness Week, and Lavender Graduation, among others. The application is separate from the volunteer form and is usually available at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters. Learn more and apply at spectrumcenter.umich.edu/article/programming-board
  • Support Unified Testing in the Center (not currently available)
    • The Spectrum Center partners with Unified to provide Rapid HIV Testing on Mondays (during the Fall & Winter semesters) from 5:30-7pm. (Front Desk Volunteering)
  • Volunteer with SAGE Detroit
    • SAGE Metro Detroit’s Friendly Caller Program seeks to increase social connections and reduce social isolation among LGBT older adults. The Friendly Caller Program matches LGBT older adults with friendly callers for weekly calls to share in life events, hobbies, interests and to check in on their well-being. All older adults face significant challenges as they age, including social isolation. For LGBT older adults this issue is compounded by years of legal discrimination and the generational social stigma faced by LGBT people in historic and contemporary society, creating serious concerns for health and longevity.
    • You can make a difference by: 1. Making a commitment to calling an older LGBT adult routinely (approximately 45 minutes of one or more phone calls a week) 2. Completing a Friendly Caller Program application  3. Attending an orientation session. 4. Contacting the Friendly Caller Program Coordinator by phone or email if any questions or concerns arise. The program is flexible and can work around both work and school schedules. Please note that our need for volunteers changes throughout the year so be patient while we find your perfect match. Please contact the FCP Coordinator, Shawn Force to get started. sforce@sagemetrodetroit.org or 313-473-0863

Volunteers are a huge part of our team, and we'd love to have you work with us!

To sign up to be a Spectrum Center volunteer for the 2021-2022 school year share your information with us and we will connect with you soon!

Volunteer Interest Form

Please email spectrumcenter@umich.edu with any questions.

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