This week wraps up my first full week of my internship and I could not be more excited! It mainly consisted of learning the ropes and what the daily routine is like. The main focus this week was getting prepared for the Winter Gala event that is coming up February first and getting all the invitations sent out. In the short time that I have been a part of the KGLRC, I have realized how much assistance and care is available for the LGBT community as well as witness the bond Kalamazoo citizens share for the resource center. They provide many different programs and activities to bring the community together. These include a youth program, volunteer opportunities, a media center as well as a faith alliance group. From my short time at the resource center, I have learned a great deal about specific resources that can be useful for someone needing guidance and many times they just want someone to talk to that understands what they are going through. As my internship progresses, I hope to continue learning useful tools to help others in the future.
Hello! I’m Emily Kiwala and this is my third year attending WMU. I am a Criminal Justice major and a Gender Women’s Studies minor. I wanted to be a part of an internship that would extend my knowledge outside of the classroom. After exploring my options along with stumbling upon some obstacles, I made my decision to intern with the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center. They provide the LGBT community with a variety of resources from support groups to assistance hotlines. On my first day I was given a basic orientation of the tasks I would be involved with throughout my time there. My main duty is to answer the phones and provide people with any resources they may need. I will also be taking part in planning the Kalamazoo Pride event, which is one of the centers largest events of the year. I am very excited to start this new journey and make an impact in the community.