There are a myriad of ways undergraduate and graduate students are involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Our number one goal is to assist you as you journey through your tenure at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.
You can join an undergraduate and graduate student organization or just attend their open events, and you can participate in LGBT Resource programming and events. Join our Campus Groups account to receive our biweekly newsletter!
Undergraduate Student Involvement
Haven: The LGBTQ+ Student Union
Haven serves as an administrative umbrella for most of the undergraduate (though generally open to graduate and professional students as well) student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ+ students at Cornell. Haven provides a vehicle for these groups to secure funding and ongoing training, and consultation with professional staff. Haven collaborates with other Cornell groups to address the social support needs of students as well.
You can follow them on Instagram and/or join their Campus Groups page.
Haven supports these 11 sub-organizations:
ACE is a student-run social support group for individuals of the Cornell community who identify as ace, ace-questioning aro, or aro-questioning. ACE provides its members with a support network and a safe space to meet and discuss ace & aro-related issues and experiences. ACE is also dedicated to developing the ace community at Cornell and improving the visibility and availability of information surrounding the ace community. Email: aceFacilitator.Cornell@gmail.com or join Campus Groups via the link above.
Bicons is dedicated to creating a fun and supportive environment for bi+ individuals at Cornell. We strive to educate our members about issues concerning the bi+ community, highlight bisexuality in the media, and help foster friendships within our group. Email: email@example.com or join Campus Groups via the link above.
Crunch provides an educational space for Cornell students to explore safe, responsible, and consensual kink and BDSM practices. Weekly meetings consist of educational group discussions on an array of kink and BDSM-related topics. Examples of discussion topics include establishing consent, safe rope bondage technique, kink in the media, impact play, and relationship structures. The discussion format allows members to voice their ideas, questions, and concerns with each other in a nonjudgmental setting. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or join Campus Groups via the link above.
Lavender (currently inactive)
A confidential peer-run social, support, and event planning organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and transwomen on campus. If you are interested in restarting this organization, please email email@example.com.
LOTUS (currently inactive)
LOTUS (Loving Others Through Unity & Support) is a group for anyone in the Cornell community interested in coming together around issues of being male and gay, bisexual, or transgender. One objective is to reach out to other members of the LGBTQ community and the broader Cornell and Ithaca communities. If you are interested in restarting this organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mosaic, for Same Gender Loving People of Color and Allies, is a peer social support organization for LGBTQ+ people of color and allies. Mosaic’s social goals include giving QTPOC and allies a place to belong, hosting a weekly meeting, supporting QTPOC speakers to come to campus, and organizing activities and events geared towards awareness. Email: email@example.com or join Campus Groups via the link above.
The goal of this organization is to provide support to LGBTQ+ students of Cornell University who are interested in STEM fields through providing social and/or professional networking opportunities and social and/or professional development events. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or join Campus Groups via the link above.
Graduate Student Involvement
Out For Business (O4B) is the Johnson School's gay-straight alliance and includes members of the LGBT community, people with friends and/or family in the LGBT community, and anyone who sees the importance in creating an attractive work and social environment for current and prospective LGBT students, faculty and staff. Their activities include:
- Hosting social events for the entire Johnson School community
- Recruiting LGBT prospective students
- Establishing ties with corporate LGBT employee groups
- Participating in national LGBT business conferences
- Socializing with the larger Cornell LGBT student community
People – including students and biologists – exhibit a diverse set of backgrounds and identities. However, most biology students are not exposed to a diversity of role models in the field of biology, and many students are taught about biology in a way that (often unintentionally) does not feel inclusive to them or their communities.Project Biodiversify is here to help! We are a group that promotes the humanization, diversification, and inclusivity of biology classrooms. email: email@example.com.
Academic Student Involvement
Cornell has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. Within our Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS), we have a program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
Within our libraries, we have a world-renowned Human Sexuality Collection, which seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.
Student Employment: Working for the LGBT Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center hires a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students every academic year to take the lead on initiatives and programs that support community building and education for the LGBTQ+ community. Any open positions will be posted on Workday in March each spring semester. Students are hired for the upcoming academic year. Currently, we hire for the following positions:
- Digital Communications Coordinator
- Community Engagement Coordinator for Queer Sexual Wellness and Relationship Education Programming (QSWARE) Community Engagement for Trans Empowerment Programming
- Community Engagement for Spectrums of Color Programming
- Community Engagement for Bi+ Programming
- Community Engagement for Growth Shops Programming
Click here to join the LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association.
First organized in 1979 and then incorporated in 1980 as the Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (CUGALA), is one of the oldest and largest LGBT university alumni organizations in the country. In 2020, they voted to change their name to Cornell Pride LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association (Cornell Pride). Over the past several decades, Cornell Pride has grown from a handful of individuals to a network of over 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender alumni and straight allies—each with a unique story but collectively committed to making Cornell a more supportive and inclusive place for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Cornell Pride’s mission is to foster community among and build stronger connections between Cornell's LGBTQ+ alumni and students, staff, faculty, parents, and straight allies. They achieve their mission in a variety of ways, such as sponsoring social and networking events on campus and across the United States, participating in community service and student mentorship programs, organizing regional chapters, and supporting LGBTQ+ initiatives and institutions at Cornell both financially and through leadership. Cornell Pride also serves as the voice of LGBTQ+ alumni to the Cornell Alumni Association and Cornell Mosaic, and regularly cosponsors events with other Cornell alumni groups and the LGBTA+ alumni organizations of other colleges and universities.