Davidson College provides a number of resources and networks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty, alumni and employees. Through student groups, course curriculum, hiring practices, and the Safe Space program, Davidson is committed to creating a community that welcomes and fosters mutual respect among all campus members. Inquiries about accessing resources or participating in any of the groups below can be directed to LGBTQ@davidson.edu.
The college's LGBTQ Caucus advocates for and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons at the college by attending to the issues, ideas, social history, and cultural practices that are of interest to them, and which matter to a diverse community. This recently formed group connects the campus community together to educate on LGBTQ issues, supports the college's non-discrimination policy, collaborates with other social justice groups, and disseminates LGBTQ achievements. The group meets monthly and meetings are posted on the Campus Calendar under student and employee events. You may also email Becca Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the listserv.
The LGBTQ Resource Library and Lounge, affectionately known on campus as the Lavender Lounge, is located inside the Residence Life Office in Belk Dorm. The lounge is open to all students, faculty, and staff, and academic departments and student organizations are able to use the space for meetings and film showings. Normal operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, but groups can request after-hours or weekend access by emailing LGBTQ@davidson.edu. The Lavender Lounge contains about 200 books, films, documentaries, TV shows and educational materials from advocacy organizations.
A variety of student-led groups on campus advocate and serve as a resource for gender and sexuality issues on campus. Students interested in participating in these groups should contact the group by email or through the Student Activities office located in the College Union. Students are also welcome to form new organizations with advisor and Student Activities approval.
The Gender and Sexuality Studies interdisciplinary major trains students to examine gender relations and the construction of gender and sexual difference from a globally-informed perspective and to consider how gender and sexuality intersect with the social categories of race, class, ethnicity, disability, and age to produce our complex social identities.
The Center for Career Development has compiled a list of resources about LGBTQ rights in the workplace, gay-friendly job search organizations and websites, industry and geographic resources, and tips for assessing the inclusivity of employers. In addition, the Dean Rusk International Studies Program has compiled information and resources for LGBTQ students to consider when participating in a study abroad program.
The Gay-Straight Alumni Network of Davidson (GSAND) serves as a source of support, advocacy, visibility, and programming for the LGBTQ alumni population of Davidson College. GSAND is an informal affinity network created to facilitate connections between LGBTQ alumni and the college.
In addition to campus resources, the Greater Charlotte area is home to national advocacy group Campus Pride. Campus Pride develops necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States. Based in the diverse NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, the LGBT Community Center seeks to promote diversity, acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programming and events, and by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and affordable environment for all. Finally, the Lake Norman chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBT People) meets at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.