The LGBTQ+ Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo celebrated its one-year anniversary in September with a Rainbow Sherbet Social at the Campus Center Plaza. All students and faculty were welcome to this event, which included rainbow sherbet, music, a slideshow featuring pictures of previous events and conversation.
The focus of the celebration was “what it means to be an ally.” Everyone who showed up to the third-floor Campus Center event was asked to sign in and write down on a strip of paper how allies can help to improve the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
In the first year since its creation, the LGBTQ+ center has hosted and participated in many events on campus including Hilo Pride Parade, the social justice film series, and Coming Out Day. These events were a great success for the center, with large numbers of students and community members in attendance. As a result, the LGBTQ+ community was able to spread awareness and create a more inclusive community.
“UH Hilo LGBTQ+ Center is committed to creating a campus that honors and celebrates diversity regardless of sex, race, gender, or gender identity,” says Laura Sherwood, the center’s coordinator.
Read more about the event and the LGBTQ+ Center at UH Hilo Stories.
—A UH Hilo Stories article written by Jamie Josephson, a public information intern in the Office of the Chancellor.