People address issues for LGBTQ community

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Students and staff at UNK are taking action on issues people in the LGBTQ community face everyday.

They got together Thursday for the first ever LGBTQ Research and Community Symposium at the university.

Experts, UNK staff and students, community members and even students from out of state gathered for the event. They listened to speakers discuss mental health, inequality and public policies.

"Coming to campus, I'll admit, I didn't' expect to find such an amazing community here," said Haley Mazour, a freshman at UNK. "I have rarely found places where I don't feel welcome or my friends may not feel welcome."

Mazour is part of a legal studies class, where they researched certain UNK policies.

She said their research found UNK has positive policies toward people in the LGBTQ community, but there's always room for improvement.

They specifically looked into residence life and Gender Inclusive Housing.

"I think it's amazing that we have this here on campus, but I think it should be advertised more. Personally, I didn't know about it until I was already here. I think it's really important that all students and incoming freshmen know that this resource is available to them," Mazour said.

Students said they're excited to continue their research to find how they can make everyone feel at home at the university.