Q Center

Welcome to the Q Center!

Here at the Q Center we facilitate and enhance a brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions. Come check out our space on the third floor of the Husky Union Building, Room 315, where you can come hang out, do work, and make friends in a welcoming and safe space!

The Q Center Staff Desk

When you enter the Q Center direct your attention to the right and you will find our main staff desk. Q Staff sitting at this desk are ready to help you with whatever question or concern you might have. You’re welcome to come by and chat with us about whatever you want.

We try to do our best to make the Q Center an open, welcoming space for everyone. If the person at the staff desk isn’t able to help you, they can refer you to someone who may. Finally, don’t worry about signing in or anything like that – you can also just come by and look/hang around and we won’t bother you.

Resource table

Once you enter the door, to the right, against the main space’s windows you will find a table filled with resources. Please take any pamphlets or information that you would like. If we don’t have the resources you are looking for, just ask one of our staff members and we can hopefully direct you to the resources or information that you require. If you are affiliated with a community or campus resource, please feel free to drop off pamphlets or information.

Just inside the Q Center, on a table to the right, sits the “pleasure chest.” Please feel free to come in and grab a condom (or two or five…). Just wear it.

The Living Room

In our main space, we have a couple of couches where you’re welcome to come hang out, nap, eat lunch, read, study, or whatever. There’s usually plenty of snacks to munch on and the lounge area is filled with pamphlets, artwork, and exhibits you can browse through.

Also, if you’re part of a student group looking for meeting space, the Q Center main space is available for reservations – contact us if you’re interested.

Staff Offices

The right corner of the Q Center houses the offices of the Q Center's Director, Jen Self, and Associate Director, Jaimée Marsh. Jen has a PhD and Masters in Social Work and is a licensed counselor. She directs the Q Center’s staff, programs, and activities. She is also available to talk with anyone from the UW community who is facing difficulties or questions related to their sexuality and identity.

Jaimée earned a Masters in Social Work and specializes in community development, social policy, and program evaluation. She uses her talents as an activist, educator, and scholar at the Q Center to encourage people to be their full selves and build meaningful partnerships. If you’d like to talk with Jen or Jaimée, it’s best to e-mail ahead of time and set up an appointment. 

Library

Enter the Q Center, go to the left, and find our fabulous Lending Library–a collection of over 900 books, films, magazines, and other media. The library is made up of materials relating to lgbtq topics and characters, both fictional and non-fictional. You can drop by to peruse through the collection, hangout and read for a bit, or if you prefer you can check out the items for two weeks at a time (renewals available). To check something out, talk to whoever is sitting at the staff desk.

We also have two Windows PCs and two Macs with Microsoft Word and Excel available for you to check your e-mail, go on Facebook, work on assignments, or whatever. Feel free to come in and use them for anything you need. If you’re in a bind and you need to print something out, we have a printer available, though please try to be respectful of our limited resources.

Conference Room

The Q Center conference room – sometimes called the “Champagne Room” - is located right off the main space. It is often available as a quiet place to study, relax or talk. If you need a safe space to have a private conversation, let one of the Q Center staff know and this room can be made available for you. Additionally, the conference room is available for student groups who would like to use it for meetings or events – if you’re interested, please let us know.

Kitchenette

In the back right corner of the living room you will find our kitchenette. We have a small refrigerator, a microwave, as well as some plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. We also have a coffee maker, some assorted teas and sweeteners. Feel free to use the fridge, microwave and supplies as you need to–but, please, clean up after any messes and throw away trash and leftovers as appropriate.

Universal Bathroom

Down the hall from the Q Center, right next to HUB room 337, there are Universal Bathrooms (A.K.A. Gender-neutral bathrooms)!