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Student Support for LGBTQ+

Undergraduate Students

There are a myriad of ways undergraduate students are involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Our number one goal is assisting you as you journey through your undergraduate 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 are invited to join in our programs, student organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and social success.
  • Meet with the Director one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.
  • Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to talk, listen and learn.
  • Explore the ways our campus serves the LGBTQ+ community and find supportive Allies everywhere.
  • Join our student listserv to stay current with upcoming events - Request to join here!
  • Join a student organization or come to one of our events.
  • Explore Gender Inclusive Housing Options and find out what it might be like to live on campus.

Academically LGBTQ

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.

Undergraduate Student Organizations

Cornell University has a variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer (LGBTQ) oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run undergraduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students and their allies.

Haven: the LGBTQ Student Union

Haven, the LGBTQ Student Union, 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 on-going training, and consultation with professional staff. The Haven advisor(s) provides support to the program. Haven collaborates with other Cornell groups to address the social support needs of students.

ACE

ACE is open to all people who identify, or think they might identify, within the ace umbrella. The ace umbrella includes asexuals and those who occupy the gray space between sexuality and asexuality. Please note that ace people might experience other forms of attraction, such as romantic, aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual.

CBA: Cornell Business Alliance

The Cornell Business Alliance was established in 2010, as a professional undergraduate organization providing support for LGBTQ+ students with an interest in business. CBA works with prominent firms to further enhance their diversity recruitment efforts by connecting them with our talented student members. They continue to successfully accomplish their mission by informing LGBT undergraduates of career opportunities, attending annual conferences, facilitating networking opportunities with corporate recruiters to provide familiarity of their firm’s efforts in diversity and inclusion, and helping members establish mentorships with supportive alumni.

CRUNCH

Crunch is a peer run group committed to education, social support, and programming centering on kink and its place in the queer community. Kink is how many people engage with themselves and others, either sexually or non-sexually, in ways that challenge mainstream norms that prescribe gender, sexuality, relationships, power, intimacy, kinship and uses of the body. Crunch explores the ideas around and practices of kink in queer spaces.

Lavender

A confidential peer run social, support, and event planning organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning and transwomen on campus.

MOSAIC

Mosaic is a peer social support organization for LGBTQ people of color and allies. Mosaic’s social goals include giving QPOC and allies a place to belong, weekly meeting, supporting QPOC speakers to come to campus, and organizing activities and events geared towards awareness

OUTreach

OUTreach 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.

T.A.N.G.O. - Transgender, Agender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, Other

TANGO is a group for all Cornellians who identify as transgender and/or non-binary, or are questioning their gender identities.

Other Undergraduate LGBTQ+ Focused Organizations

Athlete Ally

Athlete Ally’s mission is to foster an environment of tolerance, respect and acceptance for all members of the Cornell athletic community and beyond. An Athlete Ally can be any person — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — who takes a stand against homophobia and transphobia in sports and brings the message of respect, inclusion and equality to their athletic community. Athlete Allies include competitive and recreational athletes as well as coaches, parents, teachers, league officials, sports fans, other sports participants and advocates around the globe.

Ithaca Trans Group

This group is supported by the Cornell University LGBT Resource Center, the Ithaca College LGBT Center, and Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health and Wellness program, Out for Health.

The group aims to provide support, resources, and social opportunities for participants through regular meetings and events. The format for meetings is casual but focused and topics vary depending on the interests and needs of participants. Meetings include topic‐oriented discussions, creative activities, and time to just hang out with each other.

This group is open to all who are interested. Students and community members are both welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings are held every other Sunday afternoon from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Cornell LGBT Resource Center. Contact the facilitator(s) at lms296@cornell.edu for meeting dates.

Graduate Students

Pride Band

The LGBT Resource Center provides advice and support to graduate students on personal, academic, and co-curricular issues. There are also a variety of ways for graduate students to get involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, volunteer, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.

  • You are invited to explore our programs, organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and social success.
  • Meet with the Director one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.
  • Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to talk, listen and learn.
  • Explore the ways our campus serves the LGBTQ+ graduate community and find supportive Allies everywhere.
  • Join our graduate student listserv to stay current with upcoming events - Request to join here!
  • Join a graduate student organization or come to one of our events.
  • Serve as a mentor in the LGBTQ Mentorship Program.

Academically LGBTQ

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.

Graduate Student Organizations

Cornell University has a variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer (LGBTQ) oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run graduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students and their allies.

Lambda Law

Lambda is Cornell Law School's organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Straight Ally students on campus. Lambda hosts speaker series on issues relevant to the LGBTQ legal community, provides a mentorship program for 1L students, organizes networking opportunities with alums and LGBTQ professors on campus, and serves as a voice for the LGBTQ community at Cornell Law. All Cornell students are encouraged to come and participate at their speaker events. If you are interested in cosponsoring an event or organizing a social mixer, please contact them through their Facebook page.

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, also known as oSTEM, is a national society that was built by students, for students. One overarching principle that all oSTEM chapters must abide by is inclusion of diversity. Currently, oSTEM has over 40 chapters working together across the nation, including all the other Ivy Leagues. Cornell students began creating our chapter in fall 2014. In addition to providing workshops and other professional opportunities at national conferences, oSTEM supports its chapters by encouraging collaborations and through its shared resources, newsletters, and mentorships. This enables professional development, networking, and creates opportunities for social interactions.

Out for Business

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

Ithaca Trans Group

This group is supported by the Cornell University LGBT Resource Center, the Ithaca College LGBT Center, and Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health and Wellness program, Out for Health. The group aims to provide support, resources, and social opportunities for participants through regular meetings and events. The format for meetings is casual but focused and topics vary depending on the interests and needs of participants. Meetings include topic‐oriented discussions, creative activities, and time to just hang out with each other.

This group is open to all who are interested. Students and community members are both welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings are held every other Sunday afternoon from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Cornell LGBT Resource Center. Contact the facilitator(s) at lms296@cornell.edu for meeting dates.

Prospective Students

Finding the Right Fit: Undergraduate or Graduate

Pride Flag

What makes an LGBTQ-friendly campus? The question is a very personal one. Each undergraduate and graduate student needs to evaluate their prospective university or college with their own interests and sense of what makes LGBTQ campus life appealing.We encourage you to review our programs and our resource pages to gain a better sense of the Cornell University LGBTQ+ community. To see the types of programs regularly offered and to view a current semester calendar, visit the upcoming events LINK page. It may also be helpful to review opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students on campus. There are more than 20 undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ groups on campus here to assist you in finding a home at Cornell.

Cornell also 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) department, 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.

Please also consider reaching out to Christopher Lujan, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Resource Center, who can answer many of the questions you might have about LGBTQ+ life on campus. He will be able to refer you to current students, staff, and faculty with whom you may share similar values, backgrounds, and/or concerns.

If you are a first-year undergraduate and/or graduate student, please also consider joining our First Year Queer Connections Group.

If you are able to visit our Ithaca campus, we encourage you to stop by the LGBT Resource Center in the Center for Intercultural Dialogue at 626 Thurston Avenue. The LGBT Resource Center is equipped to provide many different services, depending on the needs of individuals.

Below is a brief list of some the programs and services we offer:

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! 

For more information regarding student engagement opportunities, please contact lgbtrc@cornell.edu.