A Welcoming Community
On our inclusive campus, students of all sexual orientations and gender identities find safety, acceptance and the resources and support they need to thrive.
Elmhurst celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community with everything from academic programs to student organizations to a lecture series focused specifically on LGBTQIA+ issues. Here’s an overview.
The Queer Straight Association (QSA), a student-run advocacy group, provides a support network and sponsors awareness events such as the Big Queer Gathering, National Coming Out Day and Pride Week.
As part of our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment, we’ve designated 10 restrooms on campus as all-gender restrooms. These facilities are located in each residence hall and in several other buildings; check the Campus Map for details.
LGBTQIA+ Lecture Series
Each year, we invite a prominent speaker to campus to deliver the William R. Johnson Guestship, an annual forum on the issues and stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
If you’re interested in studying LGBTQIA+ issues, explore the concentration in LGBTQ Studies through the Intercultural Studies Program. It’s an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of contemporary issues within the intersections of gender and sexuality.
True Colors Community
Initiated by students, the True Colors Community is designed to support students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. This on-campus housing option consists entirely of facilities that are not gender-specific, including all rooms and bathrooms.
Campus Resources and Support
On campus, a strong network of individuals and offices offers the support you need. For example:
- SAFE (Staff, Administrators and Faculty for Equality) offers a strong, confidential support network for the LGBTQIA+ community.
- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters a supportive and inclusive campus environment through special events and other activities.
- The Wellness Center provides counseling and other services for LGBTQIA+ students.
- The College Chaplaincy offers support for students in times of transition.
Scholarship Resources for LGBTQIA+ Students
Organizations across the nation have created special scholarships to support the LGBTQIA+ community. Here’s a sampling.
Off-Campus LGBTQIA+ Resources
You’ll find plenty of support and resources throughout the Chicago area. For example: