New LGBTQ+ student club on Kingman, Havasu campuses welcome everyone

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Members of the LGBTQ+ student club, equal, on the Kingman campus were making buttons during one of their meetings. Meetings on the Kingman campus are hosted every second and fourth Thursday at noon in room 231 or on Zoom Meeting ID: 865-8146-9768.
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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College students on the Kingman campus started a new student club, equal, an LGBTQ+ club for those in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. The idea of having a club started when students on the Kingman campus approached MCC employees, Erin Roper and Trever Holland, and asked if this was even possible.

“We know how important it is for students to have places to express themselves one student even mentioned ‘I think people really want a space of their own,'” Holland said.

Morgan Hoffman is Student Activities Council President on the Kingman campus and Secretary/Treasurer of the equal club on the Kingman campus. Having the club on campus is important to her because she wants to be a part of a community where LGBTQ+ people can feel safe.

“It’s important to have more diversity on campus and to provide LGBTQ+ students a safe space to get together and do fun things with accepting people,” said Hoffman, a Life Science student at MCC. “I have big dreams for the future of this club and allies and queers alike are welcome to come.”

The Club is for MCC students, staff, faculty and alumni who are in the LGBTQ+ community and those friends and family who care for them. The Kingman club currently has 17 members and four officers. The Lake Havasu chapter has its first meeting at noon Nov. 17 in room 1220 and via Zoom.

Providing the opportunity to have this club on campus falls in line with MCC’s Strategic Plan Strategy 3 Objective 3.5: Implement support services and activities aimed to increase the educational and personal success of underserved student populations.

“LGBTQ+ students disproportionately experience exclusion and alienation, which impacts their mental, physical and emotional health. Our club officers have already identified goals to advocate on behalf of themselves and others,” Roper said. “A few goals include allowing MCC community members to use their preferred name on MCC communications, providing ally ship training, and implementing a non-gendered bathroom on the Kingman campus.”

The Kingman club holds its meetings every second and fourth Thursday at noon in room 231 or on Zoom Meeting ID: 865-8146-9768.

To learn more about the Kingman chapter, contact Erin Roper at ERoper@mohave.edu or Trever Holland at THolland@mohave.edu. Those on the Lake Havasu campus can contact Elizabeth Mahler at EMahler@mohave.edu.

Members of the LGBTQ+ student club, equal, on the Kingman campus were making buttons during one of their meetings. Meetings on the Kingman campus are hosted every second and fourth Thursday at noon in room 231 or on Zoom Meeting ID: 865-8146-9768.

Members of the LGBTQ+ student club, equal, on the Kingman campus were making buttons during one of their meetings. Meetings on the Kingman campus are hosted every second and fourth Thursday at noon in room 231 or on Zoom Meeting ID: 865-8146-9768.

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