Indiana State University provides students with a lot of different events and resources. One of these is the LGBTQ+ Chat Box. The LGBTQ+ Chat Box is run by graduate students to help students in this community feels safe, welcomed and heard on campus.
Sam Ziegler is a graduate student at ISU who ran the Zoom call Monday, Oct. 5. Lindsey Cook is another ISU graduate student who helps run the LGBTQ+ Chat Box.
The LGTBQ+ Chat Box was created by Melissa Greendale to provide a safe space for students that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. The Chat Box meets via Zoom every other Monday at 4 P.M. The LGTBQ+ Chat Box is a place for students to join in and talk with each other.
Students are encouraged to talk about their challenges and difficulties that they face being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Ziegler stated, “We want to provide a safe space for students, and we want students to come and talk.”
It was designed to make students feel comfortable and feel they have a support group on campus. It was also made to allow students to speak freely and not feel any pressure when speaking.
So far, the turnout for this Chat Box has been varied. Greendale, Ziegler and Cook are trying to work with Spectrum, an LGBTQ+ student organization, to plan and coordinate events that will encourage and help bring students forward who are part of the LGTBQ+ community. These events and programs are done to be able to help students express themselves and be comfortable and confident with who they are.