The Student Equity and Engagement Center (SEEC) provides services to and a safe space for students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other sexual and gender minorities. Students who may be questioning their sexual identity are also welcome.

December 9, 6-8 PM, Third Floor of Hedgcock 

The Student Equity & Engagement Center invites you to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ graduating students with their allies, family, and friends!

Lavender Graduation is a time to recognize and honor the accomplishments of graduating LGBTQ+ students. During the ceremony, the LGBTQ+ graduates are given lavender-colored cords to wear for commencement.

*Graduates must reserve a cord and sign up to participate here:

Lavender cords are used due to the historical significance of the color to the LGBT+ community. The color represents empowerment, strength, pride, and community. The cords honor your history and your future as you step into life as a Northern alum.

We acknowledge that not all students may openly wear their cords. If it is required, we empower you to utilize the alternate use of lavender cords: The lavender cord signifies a special honor for students who have exemplified a quiet determination as they have achieved their scholarly goals.



Trans Lifeline 

Trans Lifeline is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.

Call (877) 565-8860 for Trans Lifeline's Hotline. Call 911 in cases of immediate medical assistance.


Located in our office, a room dedicated to LGBT+ as well as BIPOC resources, handouts, books, and movies. Below is a list of resources for ALL students to utilize:

  • A Safe Place for everyone
  • LGBT+ online resource links, handouts, and magazines
  • Sexual health handouts


NMU ALLIES is an organization at Northern Michigan University for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Its purpose is to provide an avenue for faculty, staff, and students who wish to offer visible support for a safe university environment for faculty, staff, and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other sexual and gender minorities. Currently there are 489 members.

LGBTQ+ Books for Children and Teens

LGBTQ+ Friendly Lawyer

Susan Wideman Schaible | Wideman/Filizetti

(906) 226-4600
Office Location:

1901 W. Ridge St. Suite 5, Marquette, MI 49855

Local LGBTQ & Trans Friendly Churches

NMU's Preferred Name Policy

PFLAG Meetings

Messiah Lutheran Church

4th Monday of the month | 5:30-7:00 pm

305 W. Magnetic St, Marquette, MI 49855

Pride Survival Guide

The Human Rights Campaign has created a survival guide for Black and Brown LGBTQ individuals to assist them in celebrating and surviving at Pride.

Q+A - Queers and Allies Social Club

Associate Professor Gary Stark is advisor for this student organization. Q+A meetings are held Wednesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in the Cadillac Room of the University Center.

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