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Press Release for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

UNF LGBT Resource Center Awarded Grant for Mentoring Program and Lecture Series

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of North Florida was recently awarded $21,000 from the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The funds will be used in support of the Club Can-Do mentoring program, including a formal academic research study on the impacts on program participants, and the second annual LGBT Issues public lecture series.


Club Can-Do is a 10-month, community-based student achievement and mentoring program for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and/or asexual. The program incorporates an achievement and goal-based curriculum informed by community and student voices, as well as scholarly research to ensure that mentor time is effective and meaningful. Students are matched with a community member based on shared interests, experiences and goals.


“Club Can-Do wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the LGBT Fund,” said Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center at UNF. “The grant enhances the Center’s capacity to research, create, execute and manage a mentoring curriculum that supports and empowers LGBT young people. Club Can-Do is an opportunity for UNF to attract, retain, support and graduate talented LGBT students who will go on to make a positive impact in the lives of others.”


The LGBT Community Fund award will also be used to support an educational lecture series, LGBT Issues. Each year the series focuses on a pressing issue within the LGBT community, and next year it will focus on the intersection of LGBT identities and race in the U.S. In addition to the public lecture, there are educational meetings and talks with community as well as University leaders in an effort to education stakeholders.


The mission of the LGBT Resource Center at UNF is to provide valuable education and resources for the entire campus community with a commitment to advocacy, equality, respect and support for LGBT students, faculty and staff.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.