Key individuals and collectives throughout history have paved the way for future generations to continue to advance the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Asexual (LGBTQA+) support and initiatives. The formal push for an administrationsupport center at Pace began in 2009 with the creation of the LGBTQ+ University Wide Task Force. Active collaboration with the Dean for students, Counceling Center, Philanthropy, Alumni Relations, University Relations, Affirmative Action, Admissions, Women and Gender Studies, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Career Services, the Office of Student Success and the Grant Department has strengthened our efforts.
Marijo O'Grady, the Dean for Students at Pace, makes our work a priority and secures a space for the LGBTQA Center at 41 Park Row. These actions allow us to begin the work for building a center as a unified community. The first LGBTQA+ & Social Justice Center was located at 41 Park Row on the 9th floor in room 901. After a semester with only one space, it was clear that the number of students being served in the Center far surpassed the amount of space allotted. By the spring of 2012, an additional space was acquired to meet the growing demands of teh Center. By the end of the year, the LGBTQA+ & Social Justice Center served over 4,000 students, held hundreds of programs, and Safe Zone Trained over 200 students, staff, and faculty on campus..
In February od 2016, both Dean Marijo and SDACA recognized the Center needed even more space to meet capacity. We were gifted a large lounge space and several offices, along with a conference room. The Center grew from two rooms into a space that truly embodies the goals of creating an LGBTQA Student Center. Today more than 150 students visit the Center monthly to hang out, seek community, watch TV, learn about themselves, attend our discussion groups and events, and find a place to be affirmed. We continue to be the leading trainers of LGBTQA+ topics on campus and work with many campus stakeholders to ensure that LGBTQA+ students at Pace Uniersity feel supported, safe, and affirmed.