For incoming students

Frequently asked questions by incoming students


Is there an active queer community at Connecticut College?

Yes. There are many openly queer students on campus and many opportunities for students to be involved in queer activism. Spectrum (the sexuality and gender alliance club) is one of the most active student groups on campus. It hosts an array of events from discussion panels to queer-themed movie nights to the annual Drag Ball.

Is there a supportive ally community?

Absolutely. Many of the students involved in the LGBTQ Center, Spectrum and QPOC are allies to the queer community. Additionally, the general campus atmosphere is queer friendly, so it is not hard to find open-minded and supportive people on campus.

Are there any groups specifically for queer students?

Yes. CQ2, Connecticut College Queer and Questioning, is a student group on campus specifically for queer students and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity. The club meets once a week and works to build a supportive community for LGBTQ students at the College. The meetings are relaxed and completely confidential.

Are there any programs specifically for queer first-year students?

Yes. Incoming students can take part in the "Queer Camel Welcome Program." Students who are upperclassmen but new to the LGBTQ community are also welcome to join in the activities. This lowkey program allows students to learn about the LGBTQ community at Connecticut College. Students will be introduced to student leaders, learn about existing activities and resources, and offered opportunities for socializing. Workshops will address how to identify faculty/staff allies, courses that include LGBTQ issues/content, and creating an LGBTQ community that is inclusive of diversity. To be involved in the Queer Camel Welcome Program, contact Professor Jen Manion at

Are faculty knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues and supportive in the classroom?

Yes, many faculty have training in their respective fields about LGBTQ issues and/or gender and sexuality. Each year we invite faculty to identify themselves and we put together this list for you! 2014 Queer Guide to Faculty (pdf)

Contact information:



LGBTQ Resource Center
Jen Manion, Director
270 Mohegan Avenue
Box 5292
New London, CT 0632