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Office of the Provost. LGBTQ+ Center Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

WFU's LGBTQ+ Center is the campus organization where students, faculty, staff, and alumni connect for resources, services, education, and leadership programs related to gender identity and sexual orientation. The Center was established in 2011 to serve the needs of Wake Forest's LGBTQ+ students. This collection contains documents pertaining to the LGBTQ+ Center, including news clippings, brochures, correspondence, fliers, posters, t-shirts, training, conference, and other materials.

Biographical and Historical Note

WFU's LGBTQ+ Center is the campus location where students, faculty, staff, and alumni connect for resources, services, education, and leadership programs related to gender identity and sexual orientation. It was built on the foundations of two predecessor groups, the Gay and Lesbian Association and Gay Straight Student Alliance. The LGBTQ Center was established as the LGBTQ Center in 2011 under the direction of Dr. A. J. Mazaris to serve the needs of LGBTQ students at Wake Forest. In May 2012, N.C. passed a state constitutional amendment, Amendment 1, that banned same-sex civil unions or marriages; it was overturned by the state Supreme Court in October 2014. The collection reflects the experiences and work of the Center during this time, and other periods where LGBTQ+ groups were targeted by national, state, and local politics and events.

The LGBTQ+ Center offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year including Safe Zone training and Identity Spaces. Their programming works on educating members of the Wake Forest community and creating a welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community including small and large-group discussions, films, and participation in campus-wide events. In October, the Center offers unique programs and opportunites to celebrate Queer History Month including collaborations with other Wake Forest departments.

In 2019, the Center name became the LGBTQ+ Center to reflect a broader community of people of different genders and sexualities. The LGBTQ+ Center currently maintains an office in Benson University Center.

Collection Overview

This collection documents the work and activities of the LGBTQ+ Center and its staff and students. Material types include news clippings, brochures, correspondence, fliers, posters, t-shirts, related materials, and student contact logs maintained by the center's inaugural director A. J. Mazaris. Safe Zone training materials, and materials related to the Rising Voices conference in 2015 are also included.

This collection is arranged into 3 series: series 1. Artifact, Event, and program materials; series 2. Department and Subject files; series 3. Inaugural Director, A. J. Mazeris materials. All three series are arranged alphabetically.

Collection Inventory

  • Artifact, event, and program materials  (2002-2022)
    • AIDS Memorial Quilit signed visitors banner  (2002) box 9
    • Ally Week and Love Is Love signed banners (circa 2012-2014) box 5
    • Center programming fliers and related Old Gold and Black articles  (2011-2013) box 8 folder 10
    • Chick-fil-a meeting sign-in sheet (2012 fall) box 2 folder 11
    • Email announcements and updates (2017 January-February) box 3 folder 1
    • Email newsletters and event announcements   (2014-2015) box 2 folder 14
    • Email newsletters and event announcements  (2015-2016) box 2 folder 4
    • Email newsletters and event announcements  (2016-2017) box 2 folder 15
    • Email newsletters and event announcements  (2017) box 2 folder 18-19
    • Email newsletters and event annoucements  (2018) box 3 folder 7
    • Email newsletters, weekly (2018 January-April) box 3 folder 2
    • Events fliers  (2013-2016) box 1 folder 8
    • Events fliers  (2016-2017) box 8 folder 9
    • Events fliers  (2017-2018) box 1 folder 9
    • Events flier  (2019 fall ) box 3 folder 11
    • Event posters (circa 2016-2019) oversize 3
    • Lavender Graduation framed photograph collage  (2014) box 11
    • Lavender Graduation framed program  (2014) box 11
    • Lavender Graduation photo album  (2014) box 10 folder 2
    • Lavender Graduation photograph book  (2014) box 2 folder 12
    • Lavender Graduation programs and photobook  (2014-2022) box 7 folder 31
    • Lavender Graduation programs  (2014-2016) box 2 folder 2
    • Lavender Graduation program (2017 April 26) box 2 folder 20
    • Lavender Graduation program (2018 May 2) box 3 folder 6
    • LGBTQ pins (undated) box 9
    • Light the Dark vigil email invitation  (2017 August ) box 3 folder 13
    • Love Is Love celebration banner (2014 October) oversize 3
    • "Love Is Love" t-shirts, black and yellow (circa 2012) box 9
    • N. C. Amendment 1 buttons and stickers (2012 May 8) box 1 folder 1
    • N. C. Amendment 1 event fliers and letters  (2011) box 3 folder 14
    • N. C. Amendment 1, support notes after it passed  (2012 May) box 2 folder 13
    • President Biden LGBTQI+ Center Awareness day proclamations  (2021-2022) box 11
    • Program and event fliers  (2011-2015) box 10 folder 4
    • Promotional fliers: Lavender Graduation, LGBTQ alumni conference   (2015) box 2 folder 7
    • Pulse Nightclub shooting victims booklet  (circa 2016) box 10 folder 1
    • Pulse Nightclub victims memorial quilt  (2016) item 1
    • "Queerceañera" exhibit posters (circa 2016-2020) oversize 4
    • Rainbow hat (undated) box 9
    • Rainbow Roundup weekly emails and updates correspondence  (2019) box 3 folder 8-9
    • Rising Voices conference: Alumni Conference materials  (2015) box 1 folder 3
    • Rising Voices conference: LGBTQ History panel transcript and related  (2015) box 3 folder 5
    • Rising Voices conference: LGBTQ timeline  (2015) box 2 folder 8
    • Rising Voices conference: participant materials  (2015 October) box 10 folder 7
    • Rising Voices conference: planning materials   (2015) box 1 folder 5
    • Rising Voices conference: presentations and social media posts  (2016) box 3 folder 4
    • Rising Voices conference: promotional material  (2015) box 1 folder 4
    • Safe Zone program manual (2012 December) box 2 folder 6
    • Safe Zone program manual  (2013 Janurary) box 2 folder 5
    • Safe Zone program manuals and related materials  (2013-2015) box 10 folder 9
    • Safe Zone program manual, resource and event fliers (2012, 2021) box 10 folder 3
    • Safe Zone program manual with notes  (2013) box 8 folder 8
    • Safe Zone sticker contracts, signed  (2012 January-February) box 10 folder 10
    • Safe Zone terminology exercise and workbook (undated) box 8 folder 6
    • Safe Zone workbook  (2018) box 3 folder 12
    • "Spectrum" tie-dye t-shirt (undated) box 9
    • Transgender flag made of fabric strips (undated) box 9
    • Unite in Peace oversized sign with signatures supporting same-sex union in Wait Chapel  (1998 October 29) box 6
    • "Wake Forest GSSA Alliance" t-shirt (undated) box 9
    • "Wake Forest to offer tax equity benefits for same-sex domestic partners" and Rising Voices photos DVDs  (2013) box 8 folder 11
  • Department and subject files (circa 1984-2023)
    • "Coming out to your parents" booklet and support groups fliers (circa 1984-1989) box 2 folder 10
    • Benjamin, Omar, memorials, photographs, and related materials  (2023 August-October) box 10 folder 12
    • Fletcher, Dustin, research essay on WFU's inclusivity (undated) box 7 folder 3
    • Gay and lesbian issues clippings  (2011-2015) box 2 folder 17
    • "Gays Turn a Corner at Wake Forest," Winston Salem Journal article  (circa 2003) box 2 folder 1
    • Greek Life petition regarding LGBTQ Center  (circa 2010) box 2 folder 16
    • Information cards and stickers  (2019) box 3 folder 10
    • Artifacts information and center brochure  (circa 2013) box 1 folder 2
    • Kappa Alpha fraternity controversial-themed party and student YikYak poster responses printout  (2014) box 7 folder 23
    • Latus, Justin. "Billy Poteat and Me," student paper on campus climate  (1992) box 8 folder 7
    • Mailing list sign-up sheets and Safe Zone workshop rosters  (2011-2019) box 10 folder 8
    • Photograph release forms  (2011) box 8 folder 1
    • President Hatch statement against discriminatory vandalism poster  (2011) box 4 item 1
    • Student Government letters and resolutions regarding LGBTQ harassment and discrimination   (1987-2012) box 2 folder 9
    • Student Government response resolution to N.C. House Bill 2  (2016 Spring) box 10 folder 6
    • Visitor tracking logs  (2011-2020) box 1 folder 6
    • Wake Pride materials and Wake Forest Magazine issue  (2021-2022) box 10 folder 5
    • Wilkie, Nancy Jo. "Seven Sides of Self" manuscript  (2019) box 1 folder 7
  • Inaugural Director, A. J. Mazaris, materials  (1992-2022)
    • Admissions Action Team final report  (2015) box 7 folder 16
    • Advisory Council roster and agendas  (2011-2012) box 7 folder 20
    • Campus climate and Tony Dungy visit discussion materials  (2013-2014) box 7 folder 13
    • Center brochures, keynote event schedule, and Wake Forest Baptist Church ordination pamphlet  (2018-2019) box 7 folder 30
    • Center mid-year and yearly status update reports  (2011-2012) box 7 folder 17
    • Change Agents Student Leadership Development Program materials  (2019) box 8 folder 5
    • Chick-Fil-A on campus controversy materials  (2012-2013) box 7 folder 2
    • Christmas card from Grace K. Harrington and thank-you note from Kelly M. Smith (2013, 2015) box 3 folder 3
    • Collaborative Campus Climate Working Group proposal and meeting materials  (2014) box 7 folder 24
    • Contact logs  (2011-2012) box 7 folder 4
    • Contact logs  (2012-2013) box 7 folder 5
    • Contact logs  (2013-2014) box 7 folder 6
    • Contact logs  (2014-2015) box 7 folder 7
    • Contact logs  (2015-2016) box 7 folder 8
    • Contact logs  (2016-2017) box 7 folder 9
    • Contact logs  (2017-2018) box 7 folder 10
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and WFU support for undocumented student correspondence  (2016) box 7 folder 15
    • "Deliberative dialogue: Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest" essay   (circa 2012) box 7 folder 26
    • Departing remarks essay  (2022) box 7 folder 22
    • Greek life climate issues and acceptance checklist materials (circa 2007-2016) box 7 folder 14
    • LGBTQIA Rising Voices Alumni Conference remarks  (2015) box 7 folder 1
    • N. C. House Bill 2, Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, talking points, forum information, and fliers  (2016) box 7 folder 18
    • Police Advisory Board Chair trophy awarded to Mazaris (undated) box 9
    • Post-election toolkit and related information  (2020) box 7 folder 28
    • President's Commission on LGBTQ Affairs materials  (2014-2015) box 8 folder 2
    • President's Commission on LGBTQ Affairs policy subgroup meeting agenda and minutes  (2014) box 8 folder 4
    • President's Commission on LGBTQ Affairs surveys  (2014) box 8 folder 3
    • Residence Life and Housing student concerns correspondence  (2013-2014) box 7 folder 12
    • Retreat planning and related materials  (2011) box 7 folder 21
    • Scholarship informational brochure  (circa 2016) box 7 folder 27
    • Sexual assault and racism concerns and student protest materials (circa 2019-2021) box 7 folder 32
    • Statement on Orlando's Pulse Nightclub shooting by Mazaris, Adam Goldstein, and Tim Auman  (2016) box 2 folder 3
    • Student Life Committee reports on campus climate  (2000) box 7 folder 19
    • Students for a True Amerika fliers  (circa 2013) box 7 folder 25
    • Vandalism incident talking points  (2011 November) box 7 folder 11
    • Wake Pride 10th Anniversary remarks  (2022) box 7 folder 29
    • WGSS and History course, Queer Public Histories, syllabus  (2022 spring) box 10 folder 11

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Office of the Provost. LGBTQ+ Center Records
ID
RG22.3
Date
circa 1984-2023, undated
Quantity
6 document boxes, 2 oversize folders, 2 oversize boxes, 1 record carton
Extent
12.6  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, circa 2013
Revision Description
Revised by Iman Ahmed, Stephanie Bennett, Immanuel Eggers, Ashelee Gerald Hill, Stephanie Bennett, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Revision Description
Revised by Meg Campbell, newly processed accession, 2023
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Office of the Provost. LGBTQ+ Center Records (RG22.3), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Related collections in ZSR Special Collections and Archives include:

  • Student Organizations. Gay Straight Student Alliance Records (RG8.22)

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