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Spectrum Retreat

A weekend away for LGBTQ+ students of BC

Spectrum Weekend

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.


Caroline Davis
Assistant Dean for Student Outreach & Support


Questions or Comments
Email us at

Been on Spectrum before?  Want to lead it? Check back this fall for a Lead Application Form!

Spectrum Weekend has left an indelible mark on the lives of many LGTBQ+ 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.

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

Our stunnng private retreat location!
Our stunnng private retreat location!
Our stunnng private retreat location!
Our stunnng private retreat location!
Our stunnng private retreat location!
Our stunnng private retreat location!

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.

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

When is the retreat?
Spectrum 2020 will be sometime in February 2020! Check back for more details this fall!

When does registration open?
Registration for Spectrum 2020 will open fall 2019! 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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.
John Winslow, Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Outreach & Support, at or 617-552-2264. 
Lastly, you can email the Spectrum Weekend Leadership Team at

Check back this fall to register for Spectrum!