The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides a number of resources and networks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual and/or ally (LGBTQIA+) students. Through direct support services, community spaces, student groups and course curricula, Davidson is committed to creating a community that welcomes and fosters mutual respect among all campus members.
The LGBTQIA+ Lounge, affectionately known on campus as the Lavender Lounge, is located in Belk Residence Hall. The lounge is open to LGBTQIA+ students and their allies. The Lavender Lounge contains about 300 books, films, documentaries, TV shows and educational materials from advocacy organizations. Student groups can reserve space in the center using the Event Management System (login required) for LGBTQIA+ events and meetings. The space is open 24 hours per day and on weekday afternoons is staffed by students.
A variety of student-led groups on campus advocate and serve as a resource for gender and sexuality issues on campus. If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, contact the group(s) by email or through the Student Activities Office located in the Alvarez College Union. You also are welcome to form new organizations with adviser 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 Charles N. Williamson Endowment, created by Dr. Charles Nelson Williamson'64, promotes the learning and understanding of LGBTQ issues through curricular and co-curricular projects and programs. The Williamson Endowment is administered jointly through the Offices of the Dean of Students and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Center for Career Development has compiled a list of resources about LGBTQA 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 Office of Education Abroad has compiled information and resources for LGBTQA 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 LGBTQA alumni. GSAND is an informal affinity network created to facilitate connections between LGBTQA alumni and the college. This group is not operated by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Please contact Alumni & Families for more information.
The college's LGBTQA Caucus advocates for and supports lesbian-, gay-, bisexual-, transgender-, queer- and asexual-identified persons at the college by attending to the issues, ideas, social history, and cultural practices that are critical for sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. This group of LGBTQA-identified and allied staff and faculty connects the campus community together to educate on LGBTQA issues, supports the college's non-discrimination policy, collaborates with other social justice groups, and disseminates information about relevant news, events and achievements. The group is meets monthly and meetings are posted on the Campus Calendar under student and employee events. This group is not operated by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Please contact Human Resources for more information.