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October is LGBTQIA+ History Month!

QHM 2017 calendar

Queer Film Series: Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | Triangle House
Oct. 4th: Gen Silent (2013)
Oct. 11th: Kumu Hina (2014)*
Oct. 18th: Stonewall Uprising (2005)
Oct. 25th: Taking the Cake (2015)
Nov. 1st: Passing (2015)
*Co-Hosted with Indigenous Peoples' Week

Know Your Status: HIV/STI Screening Day
Collis Commonground | Tuesday | Oct. 10th | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Co-Hosted with Dartmouth Health Service & Student Wellness Center

National Coming Out Day Celebration
Collis Patio | Wednesday | Oct. 11th | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Big Green goes PURPLE for Spirit Day
Collis Patio | Monday | Oct. 16th | 12 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ History at Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library | Tuesday | Oct. 17th | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Joteria Undocumented Art'vist Talk with Gabriela Hernandez (CANCELLED)
House Center B "The Cube" | Thursday | Oct. 19th | 7 p.m.
Co-Hosted with Latinx Heritage Month

Reimagining Loteria: DIY Joteria Card Workshop (CANCELLED)
House Center B "The Cube" | Thursday | Oct. 19th | 8 p.m.
Co-Hosted with Latinx Heritage Month

 Bateria (Cuba, 2016) Screening and Conversation with Director, Damien Sainz

Hopkins Center for the Arts | Sunday | Oct. 22nd | TBD
Co-Hosted with Luso-Hispanic Film Festival

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Center of the Green | Tuesday | Oct. 24th | 12 – 1 p.m.

Intersex Awareness Day
Collis Bulletin Display | Thursday | Oct. 26th

PULSE Orlando Memorial at Dia de los Muertos Altar
Baker-Berry Library | Oct. 29th – Nov. 3rd

Collis Bulletin Displays
Oct. 9th – 14th: Nuestro Arco Iris/Our Rainbow
Oct. 16th – 21st: Queer Flags and Stories from your Neighbors
Oct. 23rd – 28th: Queer Trans People of Color
Oct. 30th – Nov. 7th: Transgender Awareness Week

Questions? Sexuality.Women.and.Gender@Dartmouth.edu

 

Sexuality, Women, and Gender Advising

As part of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL), under the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWAG) Advising is to foster student and community development, wellness, and academic success with a particular focus on issues that pertain to gender and sexuality diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Students, staff, and faculty associated with SWAG Advising strive to build a campus-wide community that respects differences and offers students opportunities to engage in gender and sexuality-based work outside the classroom. SWAG Advising fulfills this mission through programming, events, individual and student group advising, and individual engagement.

Trans Community Resources

SWAG Advising is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and the staff are available to talk to anyone at any time. Additionally, SWAG Advising has a selection of books and articles on gender identity and trans experiences. Counseling and Human Development at Dartmouth offers counseling to students who may be questioning their gender identity and would like to discuss it confidentially with someone.

Dartmouth has a number of single-unit bathroom, shower, and changing rooms across campus that are accessible to people of all gender identities and expressions. Many of these are also ADA accessible. For locations and details, please view the Gender-Inclusive Facilities @ Dartmouth Map.

OPAL Trans Brochure

Community Information

What does LGBTQIA+ mean?

LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual/Aromanic/Agender. Gender and sexuality are fluid, and if you do not find yourself represented in the terms listed, the + is for you.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved! Here are just a few...

Where can I turn if I have been the victim of rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, or transphobic incident?

Students have several resources on campus. SWAG Advising is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and staff are available to talk to anyone with a concern. For sexual assault victim support and advocacy, find resources here.
In addition to these resources, for transphobic incidents, utilize the Dartmouth Bias Incident Reporting System and Title IX. For more information, please visit Dartmouth Sexual Respect.

Advisor Information

Acting Assistant Dean & Advisor for Sexuality, Women, and Gender 

Headshot of Sebastian Munoz Medina

 Sebastian (they/them/theirs) joined OPAL in Nov. 2014. For the last three years, Sebastian has served as OPAL's Program Coordinator for Gender & Sexuality Diversity and Multicultural Education where they directed mentorship programs, awareness campaigns, and our peer educator program, OPAL Ambassadors. Sebastian also served as the advisor for the Gender Equity Program Floor and the Dialogue at Dartmouth residential learning communities, as a mentor to First Gen students, and as a staff facilitator for Dartmouth Bystander Initiative. In this role, Sebastian provides individual student support, identity-based co-curricular education, and advises sexuality and gender-related student organizations.

Before coming to Dartmouth, Sebastian worked at the University of Florida in the Center for Leadership and Service and served as a Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Life Coach and Co-Facilitator for Trans at UF, a social, support, and discussion group for trans* identified students and community members. Sebastian holds a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Gender Research from the University of Florida.

Sebastian's fall office hours will be Mondays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the OPAL Living Room (6 Choate Rd.) and Thursdays from 1-3:00 p.m. in Collis 211D. Feel free to drop by or to reach out via email to schedule a time. Let's connect. sebastian@dartmouth.edu

  

Key Programs

Sexuality, Women, and Gender Community Welcome

During the first week of classes in the Fall term, new and returning students alike are invited to the SWAG Community Welcome. Students will have an opportunity to connect with staff and faculty and learn about student organizations and opportunities to get involved on campus. Explore all of OPAL's socials and community welcome events during Fall term orientation.

Partnerships in Pride Mentoring Program

Partnerships in Pride is a peer engagement program that helps students explore their personal interests, take advantage of campus resources, and find their own sense of community. Mentors aim to support mentees through many facets of LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, development, and affirmation. Learn more about PinP by visiting the OPAL Mentoring Page.

LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month celebrates and honors queer history, recognizes the legacy of the Gay Rights Movement, and highlights areas where intersectional queer identities continue to strive for liberation. Throughout the month of October, events will promote and foster exploration, conversation, and reflection while contributing to mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion at Dartmouth.

Transgender Awareness Week

Nationally celebrated November 14 – 20, Transgender Awareness Week aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Due to the academic calendar, Dartmouth celebrates Transgender Awareness week during October or early November.

PRIDE

Dartmouth PRIDE is the annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ identities that aims to affirm individuals, promote awareness, and create community. PRIDE provides opportunities to encourage inclusion and discussion through celebration. For more information please visit the Dartmouth PRIDE Facebook page.

V-February

V-February is Dartmouth's version of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. It is Dartmouth's yearly campaign to end violence and promote gender equity with a series of performances, events, and programs throughout February. 

Voices of Summer (VoX)

VoX is an annual summer program to continue the conversations of V-February, which aims to promote gender equity and facilitate conversations around gender and violence. VoX provides platforms for individuals to share their stories and give voice to their experiences.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is the closing event for PRIDE and serves as a celebration and recognition of the contributions of current students and community to the Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ community. This reception is just one of OPAL's graduation and awards ceremonies.

Student Organizations

There are a total of 150+ student organizations on Dartmouth's campus! You can browse through culture specific organizations, performance groups, issue awareness groups, pre-professional groups and more by visiting Dartmouth OrgSync. Below is a list of gender and sexuality related groups:

Undergraduate

Graduate

Community Specific Campus Resources

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities are open to upperclass and first-year students by application. Students who are interested in living in a LLC must apply online before the application deadline for the appropriate term. For more information on the different LLCs please visit the Dartmouth Living Learning Communities page.

Triangle House LLC

The aim of the Triangle House program is to enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of the Dartmouth College campus with particular regard to those issues which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and allied people.

Gender Equity Program Floor LLC

The Gender Equity Program Floor provides a living learning environment for residents to learn about and explore systematic gender inequalities and gender identities in a supportive and educational environment.

Rainbow Room (Robinson Hall 107-109)

The Rainbow Room is a two-room suite divided into a well lit workspace in the front and a very comfortable lounge area with a Smart TV in the back. It houses a variety of resources including 600+ books from fiction to critical theory, guides and info on student services, sexual health resources, and a large collection of DVDs. Open 24/7 to everyone.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program gives students a theoretical base for a systematic analysis of the construction of gender and the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural experiences of women. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBTS) courses examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities and politics in historical and contemporary contexts.

Women in Science Project (WISP)

Dartmouth's Women in Science Project aims to create collaborative learning environments where women can thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Women in Business

Women in Business at Dartmouth aims to increase awareness of business in the Dartmouth community by supporting, educating, and creating a network of Dartmouth women and alumni.

Sexual Respect

At Dartmouth, we value integrity, responsibility, and respect for the rights and interests of others, all central to the College's Principles of Community. We are dedicated to establishing and maintaining a safe and inclusive campus where all have equal access to the educational and employment opportunities the College offers. We strive to promote an environment of sexual respect, safety, and well-being. In its policies and standards, the College demonstrates unequivocally that sexual assault, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are not tolerated in our community.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 defines and ensures gender equity in education. The law prohibits all forms of sex or gender-based discrimination in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Title IX applies to all Dartmouth educational programs or activities, including sponsored off-campus programs.

Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association (DGALA)

The Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association (DGALA) strives to foster community between and among the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (GLBTQA) alumni/ae of the College by furthering the intellectual, social, cultural and educational well-being of GLBTQA alumni/ae and students and providing the College and the greater College community with active support in matters of mutual concern

Women of Dartmouth

Women of Dartmouth's mission is to connect women of Dartmouth around the world to celebrate, enrich, and inspire each other and the College. 

Campus Resources

All students at Dartmouth can utilize free and low cost campus resources, such as the Undergraduate Deans Office, Student Accessibility Services, the Student Wellness Center, and more.

Last Updated: 10/13/17