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LGBTQIA+ History Month 2016

Welcome to SWAG!

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.

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

Assistant Dean & Advisor for Sexuality, Women, and Gender 

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Michelle joined OPAL in July 2013. Through her work for OPAL, Michelle has overseen large-scale campus campaigns including V-February, VoX, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, LGBTQIA+ History Month, PRIDE, and IvyQ. She provides individual student support, identity-based co-curricular education, and advises gender-related student organizations. Prior to joining OPAL, Michelle served as the Community Director of the Russell Sage Cluster within the Office of Residential Life. During that time, she worked closely with the Center for Gender and Student Engagement as co-advisor to the Gender Neutral Programming Floor. Michelle has been part of the Dartmouth community since 2011. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and English with a concentration in Journalism and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Her graduate work is in interpersonal communication with a research focus on mindfulness, appraisal, and attribution of responsibility within the comforting process.

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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

Partnerships in Pride is ​a peer engagement program sponsored by SWAG Advising 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.

Link Up

Link Up works to create and strengthen connections between Dartmouth women, students, faculty, staff, and alumnae of all years and affiliations through mentorship, engagement and service, in order to strengthen the larger Dartmouth community. In addition to core programming, Link Up also plans a variety of other events each term aimed at facilitating interactions between mentor/mentee pairs and women from across campus.


LGBTQIA+ History Month

The purpose of LGBTQIA+ History Month is to celebrate and honor queer history, to recognize the legacy of the Gay Rights Movement, and to highlight 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 Week of Awareness

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 the 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 October 24 - 31. Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated on October 25.


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:


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. To get involved in planning and coordinating V-February, contact Sexuality.Women.and.Gender@Dartmouth.Edu.

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

The PRIDE Banquet and Lavender Graduation is the closing event for PRIDE and serves as a celebration and recognition of the contributions of current students to the Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ community. Graduating students are honored with rainbow tassels and have their accomplishments celebrated.


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 go to


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.
For more information please go to:


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. For more information please go to:

Student Organizations



Dartmouth Alliance is a LGBTQIA+ pre-professional organization dedicated to educating Dartmouth undergraduates about the opportunities that exist in the professional world for LGBTQIA+ students. Members aim to foster a community among like-minded peers and connect students to professions and firms that embrace diversity.

Gender Inclusive Greek Council

The Gender-Inclusive Greek Council at Dartmouth oversees and supports its three chapters in their efforts to promote leadership, scholarship and sibling-hood. We, as a council, and as a group also strive to provide open and accepting spaces for all members of the Dartmouth Community. For more information please visit:


IvyQ is a conference which aims to create a pan-Ivy community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine their identities, value those of others, and understand intersectionality. For more information please visit:

Link Up

Link Up works to create and strengthen connections between Dartmouth women, students, faculty, staff and alumnae of all years and affiliations through mentorship, engagement and service, in order to strengthen the larger Dartmouth community. In addition to our core programming, Link Up also plans a variety of other events each term aimed at facilitating interactions between mentor/mentee pairs and women from all walks of campus life. If you have any questions or want to get involved, blitz us at

LGBTQIA+ Leadership Board

The LGBTQIA+ Leadership Board provides an opportunity for representatives from the various LGBTQIA+ groups on campus to come together. The mission of the board is to create a stronger LGBTQIA+ community on campus and respond to campus climate issues that give voice to marginalized communities.


The Men of Color Alliance is focused on addressing the issues and building a true community of men of color specifically, which deals with the goals and expectations faced by them. The Men of Color Alliance hopes to accept, support and uplift all men of color by bringing their worlds together and engaging a praxis of manhood. This can mean focusing on the social aspects and nuances of being a man of color, the academic burdens and pressure felt at certain times, aiding in professional development, helping to find definitions of manhood or discussing the issues that concern us more personally.


Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPAs) serve as a resource for students who have been faced with issues of sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence. These students work with victim, survivors, and secondary survivors (e.g., UGAs, friends, family, or partners) and help to educate the Dartmouth community about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Learn more about the Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA).


Dartmouth Spectra is a group for queer and allied students that holds events in order to encourage solidarity and allyship in the queer community at Dartmouth. Spectra plans and facilitates events that are open to all students, serve the interests of the queer community, and provide safe spaces grounded in mutual respect and accountability. For more information please visit:


Women of color and allies; a coalition network of Dartmouth students, staff, and faculty meet weekly to discuss and, when necessary, take action on issues relating to the intersection of gender, race, and culture. Through weekly discussions and opportunities for inter-group collaboration, the WoCC aims to strengthen the bonds between individuals and communities.

Women in Business

The specific purposes and objectives of the Women in Business Organization are to increase awareness of business in the Dartmouth community by supporting, educating, and creating a network of Dartmouth women and alumni. For more information please visit:


Green Lambda

Green Lambda is Dartmouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally A&S graduate student group. For more information please visit:


qMD is the Geisel School of Medicine's LGBTQIA+ interest group. They are a social club that meets regularly to have dinners and movie nights, as well as discuss LGBTQIA+ health issues and navigate the queer-friendly social opportunities available in the Upper Valley. qMD encourages healthy dialogue about the intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, the health care system, and the role as future medical practitioners. For more information please visit:


Tuck Pride is the LGBTQ resource and support group for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth community. For more information please visit:

Community Specific Campus Resources


The Pan Asian Community (PAC) Resource Room is located in 104 Robinson Hall. Dedicated to our student community in 2001, this space was redecorated and reopened in the fall of 2012. For studying, student organization meetings, mid-day naps, movie nights, karaoke fun, or whatever else – this space is your home away from home. 


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. For more information please visit:

Rainbow Room

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. Located in Robinson Hall 107-109 and open 24/7 to everyone.


Women in Science Program

WISP's mission is to collaborate in creating a learning environment where women can thrive in science, engineering and mathematics. Please explore the WISP website: to learn more about our programs and contact with any questions, comments or suggestions.

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. For more information please visit:


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.

For more information see our Trans* @ Dartmouth Brochure :


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:


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. For more information please visit:

Wellness Center

The staff at the Student Wellness Center strive to cultivate an environment that supports the wellbeing of our students by translating research into action, embracing innovation, and encouraging positive change on the individual and community level. For more information please visit:

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. For more information please visit:


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a range of interdisciplinary courses as well as an extensive list of associated courses, offered by other departments and programs, that have central focus on gender or women. For more information please visit:


The Gender Research Institute (GRID) encourages, facilitates, and showcases gender-related research, teaching, and social engagement that address why the 21st century is still a time profoundly structured by gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, and economic inequality. For more information please visit:

Division of Student Affairs

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National Resources

Last Updated: 10/10/16