The Office of Pluralism and Leadership is dedicated to supporting the academic, personal, and social success of LGBTQIA+ students at Dartmouth College. Dr. Reese C. Kelly, the Assistant Dean and LGBTQIA Advisor in OPAL, offers one-on-one advising appointments, consultation and advising to all LGBTQIA+ related student organizations, and works collaboratively with campus partners to provide an inclusive, affirming, and empowering environment for our student community.
LGBTQIA+ student success is achieved as a community through ongoing individual, group, and institutional-level practices of awareness, education, and change with the goal of creating an inclusive, affirming, and equitable campus environment around issues of sexuality, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, class, disability, nationality, and size. The LGBTQA+ Student Program in collaboration with the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, provides workshops and trainings for student leaders. For inquiries, email Reese.C.Kelly@dartmouth.edu.
Throughout the LGBTQA+ Life website and social media pages, including Facebook, you will find ways to be involved with and become more connected to the LGBTQ and Ally communities. Interested in joining a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer student organization? How about participating in an LGBTQ mentoring program? Looking for an LGBTQ staff or faculty member to connect with? Are you an LGBTQ alum interested in reconnecting with the college? Regardless of what you want to do, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership is here to provide you with support and resources and to work behind-the-scenes to make Dartmouth College as accessible and as inclusive as possible for students of all gender and sexual identities.
There are a number of educational and cultural resources available at Dartmouth College dedicated to supporting the success of LGBTQ+ students and allies. Community members looking for resources, community, or support, can visit the LGBTQ+ Resource Room, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL), the Center for Gender and Student Engagement (CGSE), or make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Dean and LGBTQA Advisor, Reese C. Kelly, Ph.D.
LGBTQA+ students can find sexuality and gender inclusive residential, social, and public facilities across the Dartmouth campus. In addition to the LGBTQ+ Resource Room that serves as a resource and social space, there are also living/learning residential communities centered on the exploration and examination of gender identity and expression and LGBTQ history, politics, art, and culture. Coming soon is a campus map of gender-inclusive bathroom, shower, and changing facilities.
Identity labels matter and they are constantly evolving. LGBTQA+ is an attempt to acknowledge some of the vast identities and communities marginalized and under-represented on account of sexuality and/or gender identity or expression, as well as those individuals who provide love, support, and advocacy. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following identities: Advocate, Ally, Asexual, Bisexual, Bi-gender, Butch, Curious, FTM, Gay, Genderqueer, Intersex, Intergender, Kinky, Lesbian, MTF, Pansexual, Partner, Poly, Significant Other, Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, and Questioning.
Why QA or Queer Life for short?
While the LGBTQA+ captures some of the individual identities and communities within a broader rubric of sex, gender, and sexuality, "QA" or Queers/Allies unites these for the common purpose, which is to work towards creating an inclusive, affirming, and empowering environment for all students.
Last Updated: 3/24/14