• Sexualities and Gender Diversity Initiatives


    HU logo lgbtqiaHamline University's campus-wide Sexualities and Gender Diversity Initiatives are focused on creating a dynamic campus community that affirms and supports sexual and gender diversity and promotes healthy and safe relationships. This work is part of the larger campus-wide equity and diversity initiatives working to develop a welcoming and inclusive environment for all – students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQIA people come from every walk of life, and our communities include people who are affected by every system of oppression, not just homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

    In order to create a supportive and welcoming environment programs have been developed for faculty, staff and students. These initiatives include campus wide trainings and other educational programming, specific leadership training opportunities for students, and training for faculty and staff to develop and create more welcoming classroom and community spaces on campus. The Queer2Peer mentoring program fosters mentoring relationships between faculty, staff, and students. Additional campus initiatives encourage faculty and staff to take leadership on LGBTQIA issues in their offices and academic departments.

    Upcoming Events 

    Sexualities and Gender Diversity Trainings sign up here! 

    • 101 Tuesday Apr. 5th, 9:30-11:30am 
    • 102-104 Series, Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am on Apr. 19th, Apr. 26th, and May 3rd

    Mapping Your Desire with Jaime Grant - sign up here! Thursday April 14th 6-8:30pm Kay Frederick in Klas Center

    • Desire matters. Desire Mapping is a tool that helps connect us to our internal, authentic sexualities and desires so that we can have the sex we want. Many people come into Mapping with a belief that they don't have a sex story. But the truth is: Everybody has one. Whether we've had zero sexual partners or dozens of them, we have a sex story, and inside of our stories are markers of our likes and our dislikes, our passions and our fears, the very keys to our desire. Each of us has our own unique Desire Map. And everything you need to know to create a vibrant, passionate sexuality is embedded in it. You just have to bring your story to light, and learn how to use it. Desire Mapping is a reflective discovery process that helps participants claim the power of their desire. By moving through a series of questions, meditations, exercises, and suggestions, Mappers re-examine and reflect upon significant moments and relationships in their sexual history, gaining new knowledge and strategies toward embodying a more authentic sexuality. This is a structured reflection, where you can share as little or as much as you want with other participants. 
    • Developed by Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D. after decades of research, teaching and coaching in gender and sexuality, Dr. Grant began offering Mapping workshops in 2008 at national leadership conference and on college campuses.  

    For more events, check out our SPRING EVENT Calendar! or To keep up-to-date with events and happenings sign up for the LGBTQIA List serve.   

    Ongoing Events

    Learn more about Spectrum's meeting schedule here.

    Transform, a trans* identified student group, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 4-5pm - contact t. aaron hans for more information and location.

    LGBTQIA Faculty & Staff Brown Bag Lunches
    2nd Monday of each month, from 11:30-12:30, GLC 138S - Faculty Lounge

    Do you have ideas about events and programming that you would like to see on campus, ways you see yourself engaging and collaborating? Please contact t. aaron hans, the Hamline University staff member, who leads the Sexualities and Gender Diversity Initiatives campus-wide. aaron wants to engages as many people as possible on campus (student, faculty, staff, and alumni). So, if we haven't met, please introduce yourself (call 651-623-2380 or email tahans@hamline.edu).

    A Note About Language

     Since we all use language differently, when we use:
    LGBTQIA, it is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, and asexual. The intent is to represent these identities and also related identities not explicitly included in the acronym.
    Trans*, refers to the broad community that encompasses the spectrum of gender identities that includes but is not limited to: transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, drag, genderqueer, two spirit (and other indigenous community identities), androgynous, a-gender, bigender, and people who are gender diverse and gender expressive. The asterisk is used as a visible signifier of the complexity and diversity of trans* communities. 
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