Special To The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - Hoping to open the door to a more inclusive campus, Central Connecticut State University announced Wednesday the school has hired its first full-time director, William Mann, for the LGBT Center.
According to an email sent out to students and faculty by president Dr. Zulma Toro, Mann will also assume the role as a full-time faculty member in the History Department.
Mann is an award-winning author, historian and an active voice in the LGBT community, according to WNPR News.
In an WNPR interview, Mann said he plans to increase the center’s presence in the community.
“I’m hoping to bring the center to the next level,” Mann said in the interview. “Which is to not only provide a welcoming space for LGBT students and allies, but also a space that affirms and celebrates LGBT history and culture.”
The LGBT Center prides itself in being a “welcoming and approachable” environment that is open to all students. The center is also considered a “safe space” on-campus.
Toro praised the new hire, giving him her thanks for “taking the time to inform the public about several of CCSU’s special attributes.”