LGBTQIA Students

Goucher College is committed to creating and maintaining a campus community that actively addresses oppression while affirming, supporting, and empowering individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, including their intersectional identities, experiences, and truths.

Prospective Students FAQ

You might be wondering what is it like for LGBTQIA students at Goucher College. Below we have addressed some questions you might have.

Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in the non-discrimination policy?

Goucher College is an equal opportunity institution that prohibits unlawful discrimination against and harassment of employees, students, and applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, sex, marital status, age, disability or genetic information.

Is there an active LGBTQIA student organization?

Goucher has one LGBTQIA student organization which include TALQ BIG which supports, connects, and fosters student’s involvement with their community, as well they provide a space to explore identity, have thought-provoking discussions, and to celebrate their lived experiences as LGBTQIA students.

Is there a campus office for LGBTQIA student services?

The Center for Race, Equity and Identity (CREI) engages all students in social justice through educational and co-curricular opportunities through social justice, intersectionality and Critical Race Theory (CRT).   CREI strive to improve the institutional advancement of all marginalized students, specifically students of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, Native/ Indigenous and multiracial); first generation and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged students; LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) students; students with disabilities; and international students.

Working within CREI is the Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students. The Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students provides support, encouragement, resources, and programs that foster the academic, social, and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students. If you would like to know more, feel free to contact: Summer Rai Torres (She/Her/Hers), Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students, The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity, 410-337-6311, Summer.Torres@goucher.edu

Are there activities and events on campus for LGBTQIA students?

The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity coordinates and co-facilitates speakers, workshops, discussions, and other community events surrounding LGBTQIA topics.  Some of our recurring events are monthly LGBTQIA and QTPoC luncheons and meet & greets, annual lavender graduation ceremony, Trans Gatherings, and much more! See our Programs and Events page for more info.

Is there a procedure for reporting LGBTQIA-related bias incidents and hate crimes? How does the school respond to such incidents?

Goucher College is firmly committed to providing an environment in which all community members feel safe and comfortable, as they learn, live, and work. The Bias Education and Response Team (BERT) acts as Goucher’s “first response” team when dealing with reported bias incidents. Working closely with appropriate administrators, students, faculty, committees, organizations, and offices, BERT plays an educational role in fostering inclusive campus climates and supporting targeted individuals when bias and hate incidents occur.

Are LGBTQIA sensitive counseling services available?

Counseling Services staff are supportive and affirming of gender and sexual diversities. They also provide a trans therapy group on campus for transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer students and those who are questioning their gender identity. Topics of discussion include, coming out, transitioning, dysphoria, relationships (both intimate, platonic, and familial), and building community.

What about transgender students?

Designate your pronouns on class roosters, request housing that meets your specific needs, learn how to change your legal name or gender marker on official college documents. All this and more are in place to serve transgender and gender non-conforming students. Find out more by exploring the “Trans@Goucher” page.

Is residential life LGBTQIA-friendly?

First year and transfer students have the option to identify as transgender/non-binary on their housing application.  The Office of Residential Life will work with students individually to best address their needs. The college also offers gender-neutral housing for upper-class students in several houses (Gamble and Welsh Hall) and in apartments.  These are options for students on an application basis (for apartments) or on a first-come, first-served basis during room draw.

As always, the best way to find out about the campus and community is to visit for yourself. Contact the Admissions office to arrange a visit.


Support & Crisis

You are always welcome to come by the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity. We are open 9:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday, in ATH 422. Come to relax, study, nap on one of our couches, cook food, or talk to one of our intern or staff members.

Do you have questions about your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, coming out, accessing resources, navigating hard situations, or just want to engage with a member of your community?  Come by anytime to talk with student staff in our casual open space, or drop in any of the professional staff offices for some conversation and advising.

Working within CREI, the Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students provides support, encouragement, resources, and programs that foster the academic, social, and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students. In supporting that vision, the Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students develops and advocates for inclusive policy and practices, facilitates educational and awareness workshops for staff and faculty, provides outreach programs and events, and offers centralized support and services to LGBTQIA students.

For more information, please contact: Summer Rai Torres (She/Her/Hers), Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Students, The Center for Race, Equity and Identity, 410-337-6311, Summer.Torres@goucher.edu.

There are other great places on campus to access support and guidance. Click here for those resources.