About LGBTQIA life at Conn

Connecticut College prides itself on being a queer-friendly community. We work hard to ensure students of all sexes, genders and sexual orientations feel safe and supported. 

Conn's queer community is supported by active student groups, a safe and welcoming LGBTQIA Center, an activist center director, a diverse academic program and a number of campus-wide policies and services. The College offers gender-inclusive housing, gender-inclusive restrooms, a preferred name option and a student health plan that includes comprehensive coverage for transgender healthcare.

What we offer

Academic life

  • LGBTQIA-specific course offerings
  • Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in academic settings
  • New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
  • New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues

Student life

  • Student organizations for LGBTQIA and ally students
  • Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQIA students
  • Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQIA and ally support services
  • Ally program or Safe Space/ Safe Zone
  • Regularly plans LGBTQIA social activities
  • Regularly plans educational events on sexual orientation issues
  • Regularly plans education events on transgender issues

Counseling and health services

  • Student health plan that includes comprehensive coverage for transgender healthcare
  • LGBTQIA inclusive counseling/support groups
  • LGBTQIA inclusive health services/testing

Campus safety

  • Procedure for reporting LGBTQIA-related bias incidents and hate crimes
  • Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
  • Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues

Policies and practices

  • Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
  • Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
  • Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
  • Accessible, simple process for students to change their name and gender identity on university records and documents
  • Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQIA issues

Housing and residence life

  • Transgender student options to be housed in keeping with their gender identity/expressions
  • Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
  • Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQIA issues and concerns

Recruitment and retention efforts

  • LGBTQIA mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQIA students in transitioning to academic and college life
  • LGBTQIA and ally student scholarships
  • Active LGBTQIA alumni group
  • Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQIA students/ allies
  • Active participation in LGBTQIA admission fairs

Interested in joining our community?

Check out the information for incoming students and email lgbtqia@conncoll.edu with any questions. We'd love to meet you — stop by the LGBTQIA Center in Burdick House during your campus visit!

Erin Duran

Director of Gender and Sexuality Programs, Director of the LGBTQIA* 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