Davidson College provides a number of resources and networks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual and/or ally (LGBTQA) students, faculty, alumni and employees. Through student groups, course curricula, hiring practices and the Safe Space program, Davidson is committed to creating a community that welcomes and fosters mutual respect among all campus members.
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 meets monthly and meetings are posted on the Campus Calendar under student and employee events.
The LGBTQA 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. 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 Dean Rusk International Studies Program 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.
In addition to campus resources, there are many community resources for LGBTQA individuals, including the following.
Inquiries about accessing resources or participating in any of these groups can be directed to LGBTQ@davidson.edu.