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Spectrum Retreat

a weekend away for glbtq students of bc

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If you have yet to go on a Spectrum Retreat,
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Spectrum is a confidential, free weekend away for GLBTQ students. In this welcoming environment, participants will be encouraged to engage in conversation and reflection about their personal identities and to discern who they are and who they are called to be at Boston College and beyond.

The weekend will also build community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people at Boston College. Every year, participants indicate that the weekend was extremely beneficial and transformational, and many claim it was their best experience at BC thus far!

Join us as we create a space to share stories about what it means to be GLBTQ at Boston College.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register ASAP, as we reserve on a first come, first served basis with preference toward those who have never attended Spectrum.



                 Caroline Davis
          Assistant Dean of Students

                 Mark D'Angelo

             Grad Asst. for GLTBQ
              Outreach & Support

                  Derek Hottell

                   Grad Assistant

          Questions or Comments

                     Email us at



Spectrum Weekend has left an indelible mark on the lives of many GLTBQ students here at BC.  Watch this video of anonymous testimonials from past participants to see what so many had to say about their experiences on this confidential and free weekend away.

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*Featuring Sara Bareilles', Brave.


Spectrum takes place at a private, serene retreat site, allowing students to step away from campus to reflect and recharge.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the retreat cost?
The weekend is free!

When is the retreat?
The retreat is scheduled for February 6, 2015 to February 8, 2015. 

When does registration open?
Registration will open in November of 2014. An email annoncement will be sent to the campus community announcing the opening of registration.

Who is encouraged to attend?
Any Boston College undergraduate student who identifies as a member of the GLBTQ community and those who may be questioning. *This weekend is not intended for allies.

If I have attended Spectrum before, can I participate again?
Priority registration is given to those individuals who have never participated in the past. However, individuals who have previously attended Spectrum may register and attend if space permits.

What should I expect from this weekend?
You will be invited to engage in reflection and conversation about your personal identity and to explore who you are at Boston College and beyond. The weekend will also build community amongst GLBTQ students as well as provide faculty/staff who may be resources for students.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Questions and comments may be directed to:
Caroline Davis, Assistant Dean of Students, at or 617-552-3470.
Mark D'Angelo, Grad Intern for GLBTQ Outreach & Support, at or 617-552-2264. 
Derek Hottell, Grad Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students, at or 617-552-0927.
Lastly, you can email the Spectrum Weekend Leadership Team at

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the Spectrum Weekend, students will be able to...

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding about their own personal identities by engaging in conversation and reflection in a safe and tranquil space.
  • Display a deeper understanding of the significant relationships in their lives, such as family, friends, partners, etc.
  • Articulate with greater clarity and specificity the role of faith or spirituality in their lives as a GLBTQ student.
  • Identify supportive resources and role models in the Boston College community, including faculty and staff.
  • Name new peers with whom they share common experiences, thus building a greater sense of community amongst GLBTQ students.