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LGBTQ Campus Resources

Many offices and people on campus, including Brandon Jackson, Coordinator for Multicultural Affairs, provide support services, resources, housing programs, advocacy, education, and consultation to E-town College students. We are a welcoming campus community. Through educational programming, on-campus resources and organizations, the College is making strides in visibility and advocacy for important LGBTQ+ issues. 

Gender Inclusive Housing

The Office of Residence Life at Elizabethtown College is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment for all students, including students that identify as LGBTQ+. The College offers gender inclusive housing options on campus in Founders residence hall, as well as on Stonewall Hall, a living learning community for LGBTQ+ students and Allies. Gender inclusive housing is available for students interested in same-gender roommates, opposite-gender roommates, or other gender-identity roommate pairings, regardless of physical sex. Any student, including incoming first year students, may opt to live on a gender inclusive housing floor. Incoming students can opt onto one of these floors by indicating their preference on the housing profile. Upper-division students can opt onto one of these floors through the housing lottery process. No application or individual meetings are required in order to be placed on a gender inclusive housing floor. More specific information about how to select a room on a gender inclusive housing floor can be found on the Office of Residence Life webpage. Students with questions about gender inclusive housing can speak with Allison Bridgeman, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. Allison Bridgeman works closely with the Office for Multicultural Affairs to support diverse student groups. As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Allison Bridgeman works with transgender or gender non-binary identified students related to gender-based discrimination.

Gender Neutral Restrooms

Single user restrooms can be found in the following academic buildings:

  • Wenger Hall, one on each floor
  • Baugher Student Center (BSC), on the student floor across from the Career Services Office
  • Esbenshade (in the Master’s Center) on the 3rd floor

Campus Clubs, Organizations and Resources

There are a number of ways to explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity at Elizabethtown. Our on-campus clubs and resources offer you an informal way to get involved as a student in lectures, talk-backs, film screenings, field trips and advocacy issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Our on-campus clubs Allies and the QSU are actively involved with student life and exploring issues of interest to our community.

The Queer Student Union (QSU) is a student-run organization that provides a 24 hour safe zone for LGBTQ+ students to access in Thompson 100. The QSU hosts a variety of programming and events in the room including discussion groups, Homecoming meet and greets with LGBTQ-identifying alumni, advocacy events regarding gender and identity, and lectures from faculty, staff, and guests on LGBTQ related topics. The space exists as a safe place for LGBTQ+ students to meet, hang out, play games, color, and enjoy various LGBTQ+ themed books and movies on their own time outside of scheduled programming. 

QSU lectures and talk-backs on themes of gender, gender expression, sexuality and health are open to the campus community. The QSU is closely aligned with the student organization, “Allies.”

QSU/Allies Advisor: Dr. T. Evan Smith (smitht@etown.edu)

Spectrum is a group for LGBTQ+ students. This group provides a confidential and affirming safe space to discuss and explore issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Topics will be at your discretion, but could include: exploring your sexual and gender identity (with attention to intersecting identities); coming out to family and friends; addressing campus culture, and negotiating various social interactions. Group meetings will be every other Thursday at 3:30pm. (Group members' availability will be taken into account for future meetings.)

Contact Dr. Gerber via email, stop by BSC 216, or call Counseling Services at (717) 361-1405 for more information.

Stonewall Hall Living Learning Community

Stonewall Hall welcomes students of all gender identities and sexual orientations in an intentional living community. Stonewall Hall celebrates and affirms the cultural experiences of LGBTQ+ students and allies, while welcoming the diverse and complex identities of every resident. Stonewall Hall programming reaches out to all residence hall students with cultural, educational, and social programming throughout the year. Students in Stonewall Hall had opportunities to regularly attend SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality) club meetings, Allies meetings, TAGGS events, Spectrum support group, and Queery meetings as a group. The floor lounge has served as a gathering space to talk about hot topics and have informal conversation. Stonewall residents have also taken a field trip to see Mary Lambert in Philadelphia, attended the campus Safe Zone training, co-hosted the Blue Light walk by holding the post-walk debrief, attended the GSA Summit at Dickinson College, and traveled to Penn State University to see Laverne Cox speak at an event.

Housing in this community is gender-inclusive. Faculty and staff that work directly with this living learning community are, Dr. Elizabeth Rider, Stephanie Collins, and Kristen Vieldhouse.

Name Change Resources

We recognize how important a name is, and how as a transgender individual, you may feel your given name may not accurately reflect your identity. Out of this need to have your name and identity reflect each other, we work with our trans students through the name change process. While each person will undergo a different set of steps to legally change your name, depending on your goals and where you already are in the process, every student actively pursuing this option will have the opportunity to meet with an administrator on campus who will walk you through this process. Before meeting, you should consider the following questions:

  • Do you want to use your birth initials?
  • Do you understand the implications for federal financial aid if you change your name in our system but do not change their name legally?
  • Have you already been awarded a court order for a name or gender change?

To get started with this process, you can contact Armenta Hinton, Equity and Title IX Coordinator, at hintona@etown.edu or Beverly Schmalhoffer, Senior Associate Registrar, at schmalhofeb@etown.edu.

The Preferred Name Change Form can be found here. This is an internal form. Please log on to JayWeb before accessing the Preferred Name Change Form.

 

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