The LGBTQIA Center serves the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students by providing a supportive space, resource library, social events and educational programming. We are committed to understanding how homophobia and heterosexism interlink with sexism, racism and classism to perpetuate oppression. The Center also serves as a resource for the entire College community to learn about issues related to sexuality and gender identity.

Location

We are located in Burdick House on the ground floor facing the College Center at Crozier-Williams ("Cro"), and next to Larrabee Green. Look for the rainbow flag!

Study, socialize, relax

The Center is welcoming and comfortable. Students spread their work out on the tables to study, play cards around the green table and watch television. A range of student groups holds meetings at the Center, and special programs take place regularly. There are comfortable couches, a working fireplace, occasional refreshments and great fuzzy blankets.

Resource library

The LGBTQIA Center serves as a resource for the entire College community to learn about issues related to sexuality and gender identity. The Center has an extensive collection of publications dealing with a wide range of aspects of LGBTQIA life and community. Newspapers, magazines and videos are for use in the Center. Books are available for circulation and informational pamphlets are free for the taking. Also, consult our resource guides.

History of the center

The Resource Center was founded in February 2007 by a group of dedicated students under the leadership of Dr. Jen Manion, Assistant Professor of History, and with great support from College President Leo Higdon; the Dean of the College Community, Armando Bengochea; and the then-Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Tracee Reiser. Many students have served as educators and activists on campus over the years regarding issues of homophobia and heterosexism. Those who dedicated many hours of their lives to ensuring the establishment of the Resource Center in the spring of 2007 include Rachel Chase '05, Grant Hogan '07, Gael Johns '10, Aimee Martin '07, Candyce Young-Fields '07, Alice Watson '07 and Rachel Zelinsky '10.

LGBTQIA Center staff

Erin Duran

Director of the LGBTQIA* Resource Center

Erin Duran is a native Texan who has moved further North ever since attending Grinnell College in Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Gender & Women's Studies. Erin has been involved in LGBTQA organizing for over 10 years. After Grinnell, Erin attended The Pennsylvania State University, receiving a master's in education in college student affairs.

At Gettysburg College, Erin served in a dual role as a Residential Life Coordinator and the founding LGBTQA Adviser. The following year he was promoted to Director of LGBTQA Advocacy & Education. Before coming to Connecticut College, Erin was at Syracuse University, where he served as Interim Associate Director of the LGBT Resource Center.

A proud product of a small, private liberal arts education, Erin is excited to return to an environment that aligns more closely with his values and promotes critical thinking, diversity, equity and shared governance. Erin loves cold weather, zombie movies, and cheesy reality TV.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual

Justin Mendillo '17

Coordinator

Justin is from Freeport, Maine. He is a government major, president of Spectrum, and the policy coordinator at the LGBTQIA center. He is a member of Umoja, SOAR, QPOC, and Council for Exceptional Children.