Sexual Orientation/LGBTQ Questions (CAVR Internal -- Talking Points)
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed
Phone (608) 265-3344
Red Gym, Room 123
716 Langdon St
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Is there LGBTQ friendly housing on campus or residence halls that have a specific floor for LGBTQ identified individuals?
All of the on-campus residence halls are LGBTQ-friendly. In recent years, some LGBTQ students have indicated that they've had particularly good experiences in the learning communities and Lakeshore dorms. Bradley/Friedrick and Chadbourne residence halls have their own Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA's). There is a gender-inclusive learning community (Open House) in Phillips Hall that focuses on gender-identity and expression. That community is not segregated by gender.
What are some of the events/activities that occur on the campus that bring together people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities?
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center works to build community throughout the year through events, programs, and education training. Three times of year are of particular note: Coming Out Week in October, Transgender Week of Awareness in November, and Out & About Month in April. All of the Campus Center events are co-sponsorship opportunities for the LGBTQ community and other campus groups, organizations and departments. This brings together a wide array of diverse populations to spread awareness across campus on multiple different issues and concerns.
What are some of the support systems in place for LGBTQ international and/or students of color?
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center is the major support system for LGBTQ students at UW-Madison. It offers discussion groups, social space, and institutional advocacy. There are also several LGBTQ student and community organizations that provide support (listed on the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center's website http://lgbt.wisc.edu/). The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center liaises with most departments on campus to ensure that LGBTQ students' needs are understood and generally met. Examples include: the collaborative Crossroads program with the MSC; a dedicated liaison in ISS; and work with the Center for Cutural Enrichment in University Housing.
Is the city of Madison welcoming to LGBTQ students? In what ways is this demonstrated?
There are many spaces on campus where LGBT students report feeling safe and comfortable. Ultimately, I would encourage LGBT students and allies to connect with the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, which may be able to help them gain perspective from other current students. There are many different organizations to join in order to find community and like minded individuals including: Ten Percent Society, Queer Action Alliance, the LGBTQ Mentor Program, Q-Law, Q-Grad, LGBT Social Work Group, PRIDE in Healthcare, and LGBTQA Library Group.