Director for LGBTQ inclusion and diversity initiatives
In concert with the Division for Inclusive Excellence and campuswide advisory groups, departments and organizations, the Special Assistant for LGBTQ Initiatives works to promote awareness of the lives of LGBTQIA individuals and to challenge bias and intolerance.
The Special Assistant for LGBTQ Initiatives generates and conducts educational programs for the LGBTQIA community, its allies and the general campus community.
Please view our Campus Pride Update Vol. 1
Many events central to the LGBTQIA Community are scheduled here at VCU, including A Converstion with Billie Jean King, social justice pioneer, sports icon, and tireless advocate for women and LGBTQ people, on October 27, 2016 at the Siegel Center.
For more information on LGBTQIA-centered and other diversity events, please visit our events calendar.
Local organizations and volunteer opportunities
- The Renewal Project is a community-based service organization providing a safe, nurturing, educational environment for high-risk individuals and people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.
- Diversity Richmond is a leader in the effort to create a permanent and sustainable non-profit structure in Richmond dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community, their families and allies.
National advocacy organizations and resources
- The National LGBT Taskforce - As the country’s oldest national LGBT advocacy group, the National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
- Human Rights Campaign - As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRS envisions a world where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
- ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization. The organization reaches into the courts and legislatures of every state.
- The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation’s capital and around the country.
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
- GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
- Campus Pride Index - Since 2007, The Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities. The free online tool allows prospective students, families/parents and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses that have come out to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.
News and events
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