Featured Programs and Services
Enjoy free pizza and soda at an open and biweekly discussion, organized by the Center for Counseling and Student Development and cosponsored by the Lavender Programming Board, formerly known as Haven, for individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Lav Chats provide students with a safe space to chat about a wide range of topics related to LGBTQ+ issues, such as coming out, dating, sexual and gender identities, relationships with family and friends, dealing with bias and discrimination, religion/spirituality, finding acceptance and community, and more.
Lavender Graduation Celebration
Student Diversity & Inclusion hosts the Lavender Graduation Celebration to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating LGBTQ+ Blue Hens. This ceremony takes place in early May as a complement to the University’s commencement activities. Students are given lavender cords to wear during the University commencement ceremony and a certificate to acknowledge their hard work and achievement.
Information will be released in late March for graduating students who are interested in participating.
Housing Opportunity: All-Gender Housing
All Gender housing provides housing options for all students, including those who identify as transgender, are questioning their gender identity, don’t adhere to prescribed gender classifications, who are uncomfortable with a same-sex roommate, or who don’t want a same-sex roommate.
Lavender Welcome Celebration
The Lavender Welcome Reception is held on the Monday of 1743 Welcome Days, which is the University of Delaware’s opening weekend in late August of every year. This reception is for incoming and returning LGBTQ+ students and allies to meet one another in a relaxing environment and to build relationships through activities, food, and conversation. Attendees include members of the Pride Caucus, trained allies, and representatives from the LGBTQ+ student organizations who provide information about joining their groups.
LGBTQ+ Community Dinner Nights & Events
These programs are an opportunity for students to enjoy some food and refreshments, hang out, play games, and build community with other LGBTQ+ students, allies, and other LGBTQ+ and allied staff and faculty on campus (Pride Caucus). Come as your authentic self and relax among friends and future friends. All sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to attend.
Housing Opportunity: Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community
The Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community is a community that is open to any first year student wishing to explore topics around gender identity and sexual orientation as spectrums. Students in this community will have the opportunity to think, learn, and reflect on concepts of gender and sexuality as part of a process. The Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community is a place that nurtures students around gender and sexuality identities. Students who want to live in this community must contact Michele Kane, Senior Associate Director for Assignments and Business Services.
Below is a list of select resources that you may find helpful to students looking for on and off-campus resources related to LGBTQ+ students.
These organizations are part of Student Diversity and Inclusion’s LGBTQ+ Leadership Council.
Staff and Faculty Organizations
The Pride Caucus is committed to fostering and sustaining a welcoming and affirming climate on campus for LGBTQ+ employees, students, families and visitors in accord with University of Delaware’s strategic plan. We are UD’s faculty and staff members who are part of the campus LGBTQ+ community. We’re dedicated to the promotion of a campus community that appreciates, supports and celebrates diversity. We provide the opportunity for faculty and staff to meet new people at the University and make connections and friendships that will last your entire career!
Off Campus Resources
Though the University does not endorse any particular external resource or guarantee their services, we recognize that there are many resources in our surrounding communities and throughout our region/country that are interested in advocating for LGBTQ+ students.
AIDS Delaware’s mission is to support those living with HIV/AIDS in Delaware and to prevent the spread of HIV through comprehensive services, education, and advocacy. AIDS Delaware is the State of Delaware’s first and largest AIDS Service Organization (ASO). The agency was founded in 1984 by a group of concerned volunteer activists addressing the needs of the emerging AIDS community in our state. Over the last 30 years, AIDS Delaware has become Delaware’s premier ASO working for the health of the human family.
Mazzoni Center is a multi-service, community-based, health and social service provider aiming to advance the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) supports the health and wellbeing of LGBT persons, their families and friends to help them cope with an adverse society, to enlighten an ill-informed public, to end discrimination, and to secure equal civil rights. This local chapter meets the second Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30PM of each month and can be reached by phone at 302-654-2995.
The PRIDE Council’s mission is to organize community resources including corporate, education, health, government and religious organizations to improve the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning LGBTQ youth and adults in Delaware. The group is addressing the unique challenges facing the LGBTQ community with respect to equity and inclusion in our schools, healthcare system and the workplace.
CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a more positive environment in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities. They seek to promote community well-being on all levels; to foster the development of community groups; to develop community space; to promote human and civil rights; to work against prejudice and discrimination; to lessen tensions among the community at large; and to help foster the economic growth of the area.
Delaware Pride is dedicated to promoting platforms for expressing diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTA community. Delaware Pride sponsors and promotes cultural, social, educational, and recreational events.
Renaissance provides peer support for adults exploring their gender identity. They welcome anyone who considers themselves transgender, whether they identify as a cross-dresser, transsexual, transgenderist, intersexed, or are still discovering who they are, as well as their spouses, friends, and interested professionals. They have members across the entire transgender spectrum, with diverse backgrounds, occupations, and ethnicities. Renaissance is a non-profit educational organization under section 501[c](3) of the tax code. The Delaware chapter is one of 6 chapters of Renaissance around the country.
The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBT community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBT communities of Philadelphia.
Select National Associations and Organizations
Founded in 1987, established as an unincorporated association in 1988, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997. Since this beginning, Gaylesta has grown to include over 300 mental health professionals. To our knowledge, they are the oldest and largest collection of individuals focused on LGBTQ mental health. Their membership collectively offers a range of services, experience, specializations, and expertise.
The nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. They work at the local, state, and federal level to advance transgender equality. Their services also include resources for trans people on navigating legal issues such as changing the name and gender on their identification documents and an About Transgender People resource hub, where family members and other allies can go to find information to learn about and support the transgender people in their lives.
The United States’ first and largest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). PFLAG National is the national organization, which provides support to the PFLAG network of local chapters. PFLAG has nearly 400 chapters across the United States, with more than 200,000 members and supporters.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured their basic rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Select Internships and Scholarships
The Center – Internship Opportunities
Independence Business Alliance & Delaware Valley Legacy Fund – LGBTQ Business Scholarship
The Point Foundation – National Scholarship
The Trevor Project – Volunteer Opportunities
Victory Institute – Congressional Internship