Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Resources for LGTBQ Community – Vikings Ally Safe Zone Training
The Viking Ally Safe Zone Training is a two part series of trainings. Both sessions offer a highly interactive learning experience about being an ally within and to the many identities under the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) umbrella. All sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions are needed to build a stronger ally campus community.
- Session 1: Understanding and Supporting Students who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or other Sexual Identities – 1.5 Hours
- Session 2: Understanding and Supporting Students who Identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming – 1 Hour
All members of the Westchester Community College community are encouraged to attend: faculty, staff and students.
Upon completion of each training, those who participate will be given a certificate of completion. After completing both trainings, participants will receive the Viking Ally Safe Zone magnet to be proudly displayed in the workplace or office.
The Viking Ally Safe Zone magnet identifies one who has chosen a life-long journey to be educated about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and has information about local and campus resources.
Available Dates for Session 1:
|Tuesday February 6, 2018||3:00 PM – 4:30 PM||STC – 111 (Conference Room)|
|Thursday March 22, 2018||9:00 AM – 10:30 AM||STC – Event Room|
|Wednesday April 11, 2018||1:30 PM – 3:00 PM||STC – 111 (Conference Room)|
Available Dates for Session 2:
|Thursday January 18, 2018||1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||STC – 111 (Conference Room)|
|Monday February 26, 2018||10:00 AM – 11:00 AM||GTW 110|
|Monday March 19, 2018||3:00 PM – 4:00 PM||STC – 111 (Conference Room)|
Space is limited on each date. If individually interested please send an email to Andrea Abagnale at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a particular date.
For questions or to schedule a training for your department or office, please contact Tiago Machado at email@example.com for details.
The attached document is a condensed list of terms that pertain to the LGBTQ community. Use this list to educate yourself and others. If there is a term missing that you think should be included, please email Tiago Machado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLOW is the on campus club that caters to the LGBTQ community and their allies. Te purpose of GLOW is to create a safe environment for those in the LGBTQ community, raise awareness and tolerance of the LGBT community on campus, and educate and empower the campus community’s diversity through events.
GLOW meets every week of the semester on Thursdays in Student Center 111 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Meetings are free flowing, so students are encouraged to attend even if they cannot stay for the entire meeting. All are welcome!
Westchester Community College is committed to creating safe spaces for all students. There are inclusive restrooms located in every building on the Valhalla campus, and at several of the Extension Centers. For a full detailed list of inclusive restroom, download the Inclusive Restroom List Word document.
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.
College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/lgbtq-scholarships-financial-aid/
Lavender Graduation is a ceremony to honor LGBTQ students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to Westchester Community College. The celebration occurs at the end of each Spring semester. Students are encouraged to invite their friends and families to attend. Check back here for more information in April.
To learn more about the history of lavender graduation please visit the Human Rights Campaign’s Lavender Graduation information page
SUNY Policies and Guidelines
The State University of New York provides guidelines for all campuses based on Federal and New York State Law. For more detailed information, visit the SUNY Policies and Guidelines page
Report a Bias Incident
If you have witnessed or experienced a bias incident that has occurred within the SUNY Westchester Community College community, please report the violation on the Incident Reporting Form anonymously or with your name included.
On Campus Resources
The on-campus LGTQ student club. GLOW meets every week of the semester on Thursdays in Student Center 111 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Meetings are free flowing, so students are encouraged to attend even if they cannot stay for the entire meeting. All are welcome!
Student Involvement Office
Visit the Personal Counseling page for more information.
Kristy Robinson, LMSW
Coordinator of Personal Counselor
Student Center, Room 226
Patrick Sheehan, LMHC
Student Center, Room 225
Student Center Room 191
914-606-6334 (private voicemail)
Local LGBTQ Centers
Local Health Resources
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness, and advocates for LGBT health issues.
HIV and STI Testing
Health Vans come to campus to provide counseling and screenings for STIs including HIV. Safe sex kits will also be given out. Visit the Health Office in Student Center 181 for information on scheduled dates and times.
Resources and Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/lgbtq-student-resources/
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.
Formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is an American civil rights organization that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities as well as people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) through impact litigation, societal education, and public policy work.
Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.
Resources for Transgender College Students – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/transgender-student-support/
GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.
Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386
TrevorText Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.
Crisis Textline Website
Text HELLO to 741-741 (24/7)
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Precention Lifeline Website
1-800-273 TALK (8255)