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First Year LGBTQ Students Initiative

What is the Vassar First Year LGBTQ Students Initiative?

The mission of the Vassar First Year LGBTQ Students Initiative is to help LGBTQ and questioning students feel supported from the very beginning of their Vassar experience.  We do so by providing opportunities for community building and resource sharing. The Center provides a variety of opportunities for LGBTQ first year students to socialize and network, as well as learn about the array of resources and tools for navigating Vassar and beyond. Our goal is to spark many different kinds of conversations about identity and community, and encourage incoming students to keep the conversation going throughout their time at Vassar.

The key components of the Vassar First Year LGBTQ Students Initiative include:

  • LGBTQ Center Open House during First Year Orientation week (Friday, August 26th 5-6pm)
  • “Gaze of Our Lives” program during First Year Orientation week (Saturday, September 3rd, 7-9pm)
  • Weekly First Year LGBTQ and Ally Dinners (every Tuesday at 6pm first semester)

Who can get involved?

This initiative is dedicated to building a sense of community specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally first year students. As such we ask that if you are not a part of that demographic that you respect the need for the participants in this program to be comprised of first year students only. If you know of any first year students who might interested in this kind of space, please feel free to refer them to the initiative! There is no minimum or maximum number of times first year students can attend—you can attend both Orientation events and no dinners, or five or ten dinners, or any combination. All first year LGBTQ students are welcome to come and go as they please.

If you have any ideas as to what you may have heard as a topic that needs to address, contributions to our programming are more than welcomed, and to voice any please contact the LGBTQ Center Director.

Who is a part of the Vassar First Year LGBTQ Students Initiative?

  • Jodie Castanza, Director for Campus Life LGBTQ and Gender Resources
  • LGBTQ Center Student Interns
  • Vassar First Year Program 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Jodie Castanza, Director for Campus Life LGBTQ and Gender Resources, or at 845-451-3521

Director for Campus Life LGBTQ Gender Resources or 845-451-3521.