Spilling out of opposite rooms on the 4th Floor of Ossa residence stood a large group of students celebrating the newly operational Lumen Room last Friday night. It was an exceptionally busy place both in terms of people and activities, which included live music, cookie decorating, and gender-norm dissolving resources, consisting of nail paint and clothes of all types. Amid the chaos was the excitement over the fact that this space would soon be open six days a week for Quest students to access and utilize.
Ossa, the newest residence building on campus, not only gives expanded housing opportunities but also expanded community space with which students are able to fill with whatever we feel is most useful. In this case, that’s the Lumen Room, Quest’s new resource center for sex, sexuality, gender, and mental health, an entirely student-operated space. This includes anything from condoms and lubricant to books and linkages to sexual health facilities in Squamish. The Lumen Room is not only a resource center, but also a great community space for meetings held by relevant clubs and just a generally great place to hang out. It’s also now staffed by trained students who are there to help with most things that might bring someone through their doors.
The Lumen Room is one of many examples of student initiative projects currently operational at Quest and definitely one of the most impressive. A small group saw a need for something on campus of significant benefit to everyone and took it upon themselves to make it happen. It’s by all means warmly welcomed and a great comfort to know its presence is now a certainty.