Defining One’s Identity

The impact of OU's status as the most LGBTQ+ friendly campus in Michigan

Excerpt: As a first-year student, Blake Bonkowski, CAS ’14, was feeling lost as he questioned his gender identity and sexual orientation. Then, a class assignment on the OU Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) changed the entire trajectory of his life.

“At the GSC, they asked me the simple question of ‘would you like to stay a while?’ after I had gathered my information,” explains Bonkowski. “I then came back nearly every day of my undergraduate career. Everything in my entire life now gets rooted back to that moment.”

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