What is the Vassar First Year LGBTQ+ Students Initiative?
The mission of the Vassar First Year LGBTQ+ Students Initiative is to help LGBTQ+ and questioning students feel supported from the very beginning of their Vassar experience. We do so by providing opportunities for community building and resource sharing. The Center provides a variety of opportunities for LGBTQ+ first-year students to socialize and network, as well as learn about the array of resources and tools available for navigating Vassar and beyond. Our goal is to spark many different kinds of conversations about identity and community and encourage incoming students to keep the conversation going throughout their time at Vassar.
The key components of the Vassar First Year LGBTQ+ Students Initiative include:
- LGBTQ+ Center Open House during First-Year Orientation week
- First Year LGBTQ+ and Ally Dinners
- Involvement in planning programs, events, and initiatives through the LGBTQ Center
Who can get involved?
This initiative is centered on building a sense of community for LGBTQ+ students. If you know of any first-year students who might be interested in this kind of space, please feel free to refer them to the initiative! There is no minimum or maximum number of times first-year students can attend—you can attend Orientation events and no dinners, or one or five dinners, or any combination. All first-year LGBTQ+ students are welcome to come and go as they please.
If you have any ideas for potential programs or topics that need to be addressed, please contact the LGBTQ+ Center Director.