diverse studentsThe Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) provides services to and a safe space for students who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. Students who may be questioning their sexual identity are also welcome.

NMU is equipped with 53 Unisex/Handicapped bathrooms. Click here to view their locations.

Click here to check out Campus Climate Index.

Click here to check out NMU"s Preferred Name Policy.



MERC associate director Shirley Brozzo and health promotion specialist Lenny Shible serve as facilitators for the faculty/staff group ALLIES.

ALLIESNMU currently has 65 Departmental locations with 354 Allies members.  Click here to view ALLIES members.

Click here for Rainbow Decal information.

ALLIES meetings for Fall 2015 are:


  • September 11

  • October 9

  • November 13

ALLIES meetings are held in Hedgcock 2603 from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

**ALLIES Scholarship**

Students who, through leadership, support or involvement in organizations, activities or issues that promote awareness and acceptance of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) community at Northern Michigan University, may apply for the ALLIES Scholarship. Applicants must provide a written statement (1000 words), documenting there experiences. The $500 minimum scholarship will be split between two semesters.

Q+A - Queers and Allies Social Club

Associate Professor Chet DeFonso 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.

Glossary of Terms

Click here for a glossary of LGBT terms.

GLBTQI Books for Children and Teens

Click here for a list of GLBTQI books for children and teens.