Students, alumni, and donors share their stories of impact—stories that exemplify what it means to embody the Spectrum Center’s commitment to accessibility, collaboration, and student leadership. These stories also spotlight the growth of U-M and the Center, and their shared commitment to Michigan’s LGBTQ+ students.

Giving Announcement Impact Story

Planned Gift Creates Two Scholarships At The Spectrum Center

Kenneth Hillenburg pictured standing with his partner Alan Burg

When Kenneth Hillenburg (MS ʼ86) and Alan Burg made the decision to make a bequest to the University of Michigan, their goal was to give back to the school that brought them together some 38 years ago.

Hillenburg, a retired periodontist, and Burg, a retired school administrator, started in increments: They spent five years helping to organize and relaunch the U-M LGBTQ Alumni Association with the help of the Spectrum Center, making monthly contributions to keep operations running smoothly. This impactful endeavor inspired them to continue giving.

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LGBTQ+ oral histories: The ties that bind

Jim Toy speaking at a Spectrum Event. Image courtesy of U-M’s Bentley Historical LIbrary, Spectrum Center records, 1976–2020.For 50 years, U-M’s Spectrum Center has advocated to expand civil rights and inclusion for LGBTQ+ students. Now, a new series of oral histories creates a queer sense of intergenerational connection and ‘chosen family’ to inform and enrich students of the next 50 years.

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Michigan Marching Band Shows Support for LGBTQ+ Community with Moving Halftime Performance

Michigan Stadium with marching band members on the field in the formation of several hearts.The university’s band played songs by Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper and Sister Sledge, among others, as they marched into hearts and word formations.

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Michigan’s marching band performed a fully LGBTQ-themed halftime show

Michigan Stadium during the Spectrum 50th halftime show. The band spells out 'Love Wins'Gay pop anthems and football came together last Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Now that’s a winning combination.

Michigan’s marching band performed an LGBTQ-themed halftime show Sept. 25 in The Big House for its game against Rutgers (the Wolverines won, 20-13). The show honored the 50th anniversary of the Spectrum Center, the first LGBTQ space to be formed on a college campus.

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U-M Spectrum Center celebrates 50 years

Howard BragmanPublic Relations guru, Howard Bragman, has created a million-dollar “coming out” fund to open support centers on all three University of Michigan campuses.

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U-M Spectrum Center’s Largest Gift Ever Helps Celebrate its 50th Anniversary

Howard BragmanHoward Bragman said he hopes his gift inspires other alumni to give, but also hopes to raise awareness of what the Spectrum Center is.

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Big Blue: Fully LBGTQ+ themed halftime show & a $1 million endowment

Michigan Marching Band - SpectrumDuring the Homecoming game against Rutgers this past weekend on Sept. 25, 2021, the University of Michigan Marching Band performed a fully LBGTQ+-themed halftime show that honored the 50th anniversary of the Spectrum Center.

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Giving Announcement

Howard Bragman

Public relations guru Howard Bragman (AB ’78) creates million-dollar “coming out” fund at U-M. Bequest celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Spectrum Center, the nation’s oldest LGBTQIA+ college support center, with its largest ever gift.

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Impact Story

Carmelita Perrien Naccarato

Public Health alum Carmelita Perrien Naccarato (BS ’21) shares her experience working with the Spectrum Center to connect her academic studies with her passion for social justice.

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Donor Story

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong (AB ’11) is a graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). He reflects on his maize and blue heritage, the controversy surrounding his student body presidency, and the enduring impact of U-M’s Spectrum Center.

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