For Incoming Students
Frequently Asked Questions by Incoming Students
Is there an active queer community at Connecticut College?
Yes. There are many openly queer students on campus and many opportunities for students to be involved in queer activism. Spectrum (the sexuality and gender alliance club) is one of the most active student groups on campus. It hosts an array of events from discussion panels to queer-themed movie nights to the annual Drag Ball. Spectrum also supports the sub-group Committee for Gender Identity Awareness (CGIA). This groups specifically focuses on issues of gender identity and transphobia on campus and off. Additionally, the LGBTQ Center hosts Thursday Tea every week. Tea provides a great opportunity for students to engage in meaningful discussions with faculty and peers, or just goof off with friends.
Is there a supportive ally community?
Absolutely. Many of the students involved in the LGBTQ Center, Spectrum and CGIA are allies to the queer community. Additionally, the general campus atmosphere is queer friendly, so it is not hard to find open-minded and supportive people on campus.
Are there any groups specifically for queer students?
Yes. CQ2, Connecticut College Queer and Questioning, is a student group on campus specifically for queer students and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity. The club meets once a week and works to build a supportive community for LGBTQ students at the College. The meetings are relaxed and completely confidential.
Are there any programs specifically for queer freshmen?
Yes. Incoming freshmen can take part in the "queer peer mentor program." This lowkey program allows incoming queer students to get to know older queer students and learn about queer life at Conn. The program utilizes both large group gatherings and individual meetings. Throughout the semester, the LGBTQ Center will host a series of gatherings for everyone involved in the mentor program. Additionally, freshmen must meet with two mentors of their choosing to help build even stronger ties to the queer community at Conn. Of course, mentees can meet with more than two mentors if they would like! To be involved in the queer peer mentor program, contact Professor Jen Manion at email@example.com.
LGBTQ Resource Center
Jen Manion, Director
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 0632