The Pride Center was established at UGA in 2005 as the LGBT Resource Center. Michael Shutt was appointed as the first director and the center operates within the Division of Student Affairs. Located in Memorial Hall, the Center is committed to fostering an inclusive, informed community for LGBTQIA+ individuals through collaboration, education, and advocacy.
In its early years the Pride Center hosted a discussion group called Rainbow Chat, the Lavender Graduation ceremony, a resource library, and Safe Space training. Many of these initiatives still continue while the Center has expanded to offer more.
Photos above date from the 2005 opening of the LGBT Resource Center, now known as the Pride Center: Director Michael Shutt speaking at Lavender Graduation / Students meeting with Michael Shutt in the Center. / Student browsing Pride Center Library. / Student looking at LGBTQ+ pamphlets.