Kevin Correa, assistant director of the GLBT Resource Center at the University of Colorado, plugs a keyboard into a computer while setting up the new office in the Center for Community building earlier this month.
MARK LEFFINGWELL
Kevin Correa, assistant director of the GLBT Resource Center at the University of Colorado, plugs a keyboard into a computer while setting up the new office in the Center for Community building earlier this month.

If you go

What: GLBT Resource Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration & C4C Open House

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Center for Community, Room N450

colorado.edu/GLBTRC

The University of Colorado’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is celebrating 15 years on campus with the grand opening of their its new space Friday afternoon.

The Resource Center is holding an open house and anniversary party at 2 p.m. in its new office located on the fourth floor of the Center for Community building.

Stephanie Wilenchek, the center’s director, said it’s the perfect time to reintroduce their resources to students across campus.

“We hold an open house every year to let students get to know our staff and what we’re about,” Wilenchek said. “This year we’re doing an open house, anniversary and the open house for the new C4C building all at once.”

Wilenchek said the new office will improve the center’s accessibility to students by being in a high-traffic location, and the increased space will give students a more welcoming place to relax and hang out.

CU alumnus Alex Schnell, 23, served on the GLBTRC board and worked with them during his time in student government. He said it was easy to see what the center brought to the GLBT student community.

“They provide a home for students who might not otherwise have that kind of support on campus,” Schnell said.

And after 15 years on the CU campus, Wilenchek said the need for these kinds of resources are becoming even more visible.

Overwhelming support from students, university, alumni association and private donors has shown the need and the desire to continue the center on campus, she said.

“We’ve seen so much support from the campus community and that’s made it possible for us to grow and better support students across campus,” Wilenchek said.