LGBTQIA+ Student Programming
Sexualities and Gender Diversity Initiatives
You'll find many ways to get involved and find support as an undergrad or graduate student at Hamline. We encourage students to join us in a variety of training and education opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students and allies operated by the Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs.
Undergraduate student programming
From the undergraduate LGBTQIA+ student group Spectrum to our Queer2Peer mentorship program, trans student support group, and coming out support group, we embrace and uplift our students across all spectrums of gender and sexuality. Hamline also partners with the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) campuses to develop opportunities to collaborate and engage with students at other ACTC schools.
Watch out for events on our Presence page and sign up for our LGBTQIA+ newsletter (Google Form) to stay up-to-date on events and engagement opportunities, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate student programming
There are a variety of ways for LBGTQIA+ and allied graduate students to be involved on campus, including program-specific affinity groups.
We welcome and encourage graduate students to participate in Sexualities and Gender Diversity Educational Programs and trainings, apply to be Queer2Peer mentors, apply for funding to attend conferences related to LGBTQIA+ issues, and participate in LGBTQIA+ programs across campus.
Sign up for the LGBTQIA listserv (Google Form) to keep up with campus events and opportunities or contact t. aaron hans at email@example.com for more information.
LBGTQIA+ groups and programs
Queer2Peer is on hold for the 2022/2023 academic year.
Do you identify as LGBTQIA+? Are you a first year or transfer student? Join Hamline’s Queer2Peer (Q2P) mentoring program for support, guidance, and resources at Hamline. Whether you’re questioning your gender or sexuality or you've been out for ages, Q2P will connect you to your peers in a safe, confidential, one-on-one relationship with opportunities to connect in a group setting to Hamline’s LGBTQIA+ community.
Apply to be a Q2P mentee (Google Form)
When Q2P is in operation, applications are due by September 1.
The purpose of the Queer2Peer mentoring program is to help students develop a positive LGBTQIA+ identity while successfully adapting to life at Hamline. The Queer2Peer program helps foster mentoring relationships between faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students, that offer support, guidance and resources to LGBTQIA+ students at Hamline University.
Apply to be a Q2P student mentor (Google Form)
When Q2P is in operation, applications are due by August 15.
Faculty and staff mentors
Queer2Peer is a great way for faculty and staff to get involved in Hamline's LGBTQIA+ community and share your knowledge with students who may be new to coming out, new to the Twin Cities, and who are navigating their new life at Hamline. Faculty and staff mentors form the third tier of the mentoring program and serve as a resource to student mentors. Contact t. aaron hans at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
QTIBIPOC is a student-led group focused on queer and trans* students of color. This group gives students a change to connect and create a community on campus. Sign up for their email list (Google Form).
Q-Unity is an overnight retreat for Hamline students that identify as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and related identities). The purpose of Q-Unity is to engage LGBTQIA+ identified students in community building, leadership development, and peer-to-peer conversations to build stronger support systems on campus. Contact t. aaron hans at email@example.com for more information.
Transform is Hamline's trans and gender diverse student social support and networking group, which meets bi-weekly. We also offer a need-based LGBTQIA+ coming out support group. Contact t. aaron hans at firstname.lastname@example.org to join Transform or a coming out support group.
Spectrum is dedicated to creating awareness of and building community around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual issues and identities. Spectrum educates and fosters community at Hamline through open forums, workshops, guest speakers, and social events, including our fall Coming Out Week and our spring Rainbow Event Series.
Spectrum creates a community of inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ people and those with related identities and allies. We foster understanding, acceptance, and pride at meetings and campus social events and support our members and their families in times of peace and in times of crisis. Queer and trans identities are the focus of Spectrum's energies, but we welcome and support all identities that fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella and beyond.
Spectrum hosts bi-weekly meetings each semester. Visit our Presence page for more details on our events for this academic year, contact the board at email@example.com, and read the Spectrum Constitution (Google Doc).
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Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs Director
Spectrum hosts an amateur drag and cabaret show every spring where students perform their talents for their peers and community. Anything goes, from drag, song, and dance, to skits, poetry, and more.
Coming Out Week happens in October. The week is filled with events from Sexuality and Gender Diversity Programs and Spectrum. Signature Coming Out Week events are the Coming Out Week keynote speaker, our Coming Out Day photo booth, the Coming Out Vigil, and a professional drag show.
The Lavender Gala is the end-of-the-year event to celebrate our graduating seniors and to revisit everything from throughout the year.
The Sexuality and Gender Diversity Programs hosts an event every year to kick off LGBTQIA+ History Month in October. Past versions of this event have included keynote speakers, discussions about LGBTQIA+ history at Hamline, dinners, movie nights, and student or staff presentations.
The Sexuality and Gender Diversity Program and Spectrum bring a keynote speaker to campus to discuss LGBTQIA+ related topics every spring.
The Rainbow Reception meet-and-greet occurs twice a year, in the fall and spring. It's an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ identifying and allied individuals on campus on campus to connect, from new students, upper-class students, and transfer students to faculty and staff.
Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs
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