LGBTQ+ Programming & Outreach
Explore the programs and events sponsored by the Dean of Students Office!
Spectrum is a confidential, free weekend away for LGBTQ 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 also builds community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, staff, and faculty at Boston College. Every year, participants say that the retreat was transformational, with many claiming it was their best experience at BC thus far!
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.
Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes LGBTQ students of all backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions to the university as students who endured the college experience. Graduating seniors from all different LGTBQ & Ally groups on campus are recognized by The Office of the Dean of Students and the Rainbow Alliance for their leadership, successes, and overall commitment and contributions to the LGTBQ community. Through such recognition, LGBTQ students may leave Boston College with a positive final experience, filling them with pride both in themselves, and in their college experiences. Check out our calendar of events to find out when this year's Lavender Graduation will take place!
The Office of the Dean of Students is proud to offer training to anyone listed in our Boston College LGBTQ Resource Guide to ensure competence and confidence when working with our LGBTQ students! Moreover, we're happy to offer our training to any department or office that would like us to work with their faculty and/or staff. Our sessions can be tailored to your needs in terms of length and content, and will cover many topics affecting LGBTQ identity construction so that you can be the best possible resource for LGBTQ students at BC! Contact John Winslow or Caroline Davis for more information!
Our LGBTQ&A sessions were born out of our Spectrum Retreat when our students wanted to extend conversation around a range of topics specific to LGBTQ identity construction. Accordingly, we now offer six sessions a year on various topics that are relevant for our LGBTQ students. In a casual space over refreshments, we'll engage in meaningful discussion with friends, peers, and knowledgable guest speakers and panelists around issues facing our LGBTQ students today. For more information, contact John Winslow!
This spring, the Office of the Dean of Students is proud to sponsor the screening of some LGBTQ-themed films and engage in meaningful discussion afterwards over refreshments. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us as we watch everything from historical LGBTQ documentaries to powerful LGBTQ dramas and hilarious comedies and discuss how the issues presented relate to LGBTQ identity construction at Boston College and beyond. Check out our calender of events to find out when we'll be screening our next film!
Once a month, the Office of the Dean of Students is thrilled to host "Community Dinner Night." Breaking bread together provides the perfect casual and welcoming forum for members of the LGBTQ student body to come together and share their student experiences, all while building a more robust LGBTQ community on campus. For more information on the times and locations of our monthly Family Dinners, be sure to check out our calendar of events!
Come one, come all to our LGBTQ Open House! A couple times a semester, The Office of the Dean of Students is happy to host an Open House for LGBTQ students as a chance for them to engage with BC peers, staff, and faculty. Regardless of the role you play on campus, come join us for coffee, tea, and snacks and get to know our amazing LGBTQ students! For more information about when we will be hosting our next Open House, be sure to check our calendar of events!
SPRING 2018 MEETING TIMES FOR HORIZON & PRISM ARE HERE!
Our first discussion groups of the Spring 2018 semester will begin the week of January 25th and continue through the first week in May!
HORIZON meets weekly in Maloney 445 from 6:00-7:00pm on Thursdays!
PRISM meets weekly in Maloney 445 from 6:00-7:00pm on Tuesdays!
The Office of the Dean of Students offers private, reflective, and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ students to meet and engage in meaningful discussion around identity development in support groups facilitated by graduate students. Horizon (gay, bi trans*, queer, genderqueer, and/or other male-identified students) and Prism (lesbian, bi, trans* queer, genderqueer, and/or other female-identified students) meet weekly for an hour and are open to anyone who wants a confidential and comfortable space to interact with peers exploring similar issues around what it means to identify as LGBTQ+ at BC and in the world. Gender non-binary, agender, bigender, gender-fluid, and genderqueer students are welcome in the group of their choice! No appointments, formal arrangements, or commitments necessary--drop by whenever the support group is meeting and we'll be there waiting to welcome you with open arms, hearts, and minds!
Click on the calendar to view LGBTQ events from various groups across campus!
The Pride Peers application form is now live!
To apply to be a Pride Peers Mentee, please fill out the form below:
A program that pairs LGBTQ+ students with LGBTQ+ Peers and/or LGBTQ+ student Mentors, creating spaces to bond and reflect on sexual and gender identity. Additionally, Pride Peer Presenters educate the BC community through their Hall Talks program. Contact us for more information about joining Pride Peers - a program dedicated to supporting queer students and connecting them to their queer peers here at BC!
To apply to be a Pride Peers Mentor, please email Han Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 7th.