Are you seeking information about LGBTQ issues on campus? You've come to the right place!
Along with campus constituencies such as the Office of Intercultural Development, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Association of Lafayette Feminists (ALF), and Quest, our office sponsors and organizes numerous campus programs and events. Here’s a brief list of programs over the past few years:
GSP also sponsors the College’s Safe Zone program. Safe Zone allows for individuals on campus to show their visible support of LGBTQ issues by attending a training session and then being asked to display a logo on their door or in their office space.
From a policy perspective, Lafayette College is proud to include not only sexual orientation but also gender identity and expression in its non-discrimination policy. In addition, since 1998, Lafayette has provided domestic partner benefits for all of its eligible employees.
The Women’s and Gender Studies program boasts both a major and minor including courses such as Sexuality Studies, Love and Sex in Biblical Texts, Psychology of Gender, and Sex and Gender in a Cross-Cultural Analysis. The American Studies program offers a concentration in social justice and through collaborations with other departments, offers courses related to both sex and gender.
Quest, Lafayette’s student organization for LGBTQ students and their allies, sponsors numerous opportunities to simply hang out or take a trip off campus. Quest shares an office with Association of Lafayette Feminists (ALF) in the Farinon Student Center (room 124), which also serves as the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. This space is open to any and all individuals (as many as we can fit!) to study or socialize. It has comfortable furniture, working areas, and a library with recent books. Often the group will visit area LGBTQ establishments like the Stonewall Nightclub in Allentown for College Night. Quest was honored not once, but twice, as Cultural Student Organization of the Year at the Intercultural Awards and Hoff Awards.
Since Lafayette has a four-year residency requirement and we consider the residential experience vital to your time at Lafayette, GSP has worked with the Office of Residence Life to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ students. All professional staff members and resident advisers have completed the Safe Zone training program. We offer all-gender housing options for students in the sophomore, junior, and senior years. If you are trans* identified, you may request a gender-neutral space when you complete your housing preference sheet over the summer.