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First Year LGBTQIA Students

What is the Vassar First Year LGBTQIA Students Initiative?

The mission of the Vassar First Year LGBTQIA Students Initiative is to help LGBTQIA 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 LGBTQIA 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 LGBTQIA Students Initiative include:

  • LGBTQ Center Open House during First Year Orientation week (Tuesday, August 22nd 7:30-8:30pm)
  • Weekly First Year LGBTQ and Ally Dinners (every Tuesday through October 3rd, 5:30-7pm)
  • Involvement in planning programs, events, and initiatives through the LGBTQ Center

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 LGBTQIA 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 Orientation events and no dinners, or one or five dinners, or any combination. All first year LGBTQIA 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