Q: Does Elon include Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression in our nondiscrimination clause?
A: Yes. The official wording, directly copied from our Elon Student Handbook is: "Elon University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs."
Q: If I want to talk to someone about what it's like to be a student, staff, or faculty member at Elon, how can I do that?
A: You can always call the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at 336-278-6228 or email the director, Matthew Antonio Bosch, at email@example.com - feel free to ask any questions you'd like, and if you want to talk to an actual student also, we can set that up for you as well. We have 13 student volunteers willing and open to chat with any amazing prospective student who is considering Elon.
Q: Are there housing options available for me as a 1st-year student if I'm an LGBTQIA student who is not comfortable rooming with someone of the same gender?
A: Yes, please consult our Housing Options page for more information.
Q: Where can I get the most up-to-date information on LGBTQIA campus happenings?
A: Our Facebook page is updated every week, check it out at www.elon.edu/ElonGLC
Q: If I'm questioning my sexuality or gender identity, what resources are available to me?
A: There multiple pockets for you to pursue, regarding resources or actual people to talk to, at your own pace. Within the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, we have 13 student volunteers. We also have Spectrum (our queer-straight student alliance) as well as EFFECT (Elon Feminists) who do a lot of great work across campus, and they tend to be the more vocal & visible students. We’ve added a new Gender & Sexuality Living Learning Community in the Colonnades for Fall 2014-Spring 2015, and we even have a growing LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group, full of LGBTQI-identified and Ally-identified staff and faculty who love helping students & talking with them through any situation surrounding identity.
There’s never a rush to choose a particular letter-or-identity, and I feel many people at Elon are embracing this. We have a number of students from strong faith backgrounds, or parents who are ministers, so there are definitely students who arrive on campus & aren’t quite ready to come out yet, and that’s completely ok. They seek out resources, both via the student organizations mentioned above, as well as our Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and also the faculty across our Women’s & Gender Studies department, who are celebrating their 25th year as an academic dept, quite a long-standing tradition of acceptance & celebration for people of all genders and sexual orientations. Additionally, we also offer confidential counseling services at Elon if you ever feel really stressed about your identity and would like to discuss it with a counseling professional, confidentially of course.
Q: How is the experience at Elon for students who come out openly?
A: Recently we conducted a student survey where we asked LGBTQI students about their “coming out experiences at Elon” and 90% of them said they received overwhelmingly positive responses when they came out, while 10% said they received a mix of both positive & negative responses while coming out at Elon. Zero students said they received mostly negative responses. This bodes really well for creating an environment where students feel comfortable in exploring who they truly are, and choosing to disclose that whenever they feel ready.
Q: What are some of the key events Elon does around Gender & LGBTQIA topics and identities?
A: Vagina Monologues happens every year in coordination with EFFECT (Elon Feminists) & Women's/Gender Studies. This year alone, we've hosted Bev Seckinger (filmmaker, Laramie Inside Out), Jose Antonio Vargas (journalist on the undocuqueer movement), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live comedian), Dr. Kenji Yoshino (law professor, out in the workplace), Dr. Cael Keegan (professor and trans* activist, educator, and researcher), Vernon Wall (social justice training institute, ACPA) and many more. For a look at our past events please click here.
Q: How do you start & end the year?
A: To start the year, our Gender & LGBTQIA Center hosts an annual LGBTQI & Ally New Student Welcome in August for incoming students to get connected to current students, faculty, and staff. To end the year, and we host a Lavender Graduation in early May to honor LGBTQI & Ally graduating seniors which you can find articles about on Elon’s website & the Facebook page.
Hosted by the American College Personnel Association, the Summer Leadership Institute offered a series of workshops advancing leadership and management potential.
Charity Johansson and Sabrina Fogleman have been selected to present an educational workshop to physical therapy providers on LGBTQ-friendly healthcare in October 2014 at the American Physical Therapy Association's Educational Leadership Conference.
Elon earns a national platform to showcase growing efforts around LGBTQIA inclusion and intersectionality across race, faith, socioeconomic status, disability, U.S. geographic region, and national origin.
The annual lavender graduation honors LGBTQI and Ally graduating seniors, as well as students, faculty and staff who have advanced inclusion, support and education around LGBTQIA identities at Elon.