Throughout the year, the LGBT Resource Center sponsors events for students to enjoy. Many of the programs are co-sponsored by student groups, various university departments, and community partners. If you are interested in assisting, email the Resource Center for more information.
Qmmunity Welcome Reception
The Fall Quarter is an exciting time! The LGBT Resource Center hosts the Qmmunity Welcome Reception for LGBTQ students at Northwestern University. The reception brings new and returning students together along with faculty and staff to build a healthy community experience on campus. The reception is supported by Rainbow Alliance, Project ShoutOUT, Queer Pride Graduate Student Association, the Northwestern University Gay and Lesbian Alumni chapter, and the LGBTQA Campus Advisory Network.
The 2014 Qmmunity Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 4:40pm in Parkes hall. No RSVP is required.
Queer and Trans* History Month
LGBTQ History Month is celebrated with annual month-long observances of LGBTQ histories. National Coming Out Day (October 11th), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBTQ History Month.The Northwestern University community celebrates this month through various celebratory and educational programs.
Program details for 2014 Queer and Trans* History Month will be published in September 2014.
The LGBT Resource Center seeks to create community for less visible identities and experiences within the greater queer community through community discussion groups. Queer People of Color (QPOC), Trans*Forming Gender, Sexual Fluidity: From Asexual to Queer (A-Q), Lambda, and Rolls not Roles will explore and celebrate the intersectionality of their identities and experiences and how they contribute to society. All community groups are facilitated by Northwestern students. Click here to learn more about our community discussion groups.
MSA First-Year Activites Board
Through MSA's First-Year Activities Board, you will meet and connect with other first-year students from around the University, learn about important resources designed to help you succeed at Northwestern, and develop important leadership skills that will last a lifetime. It's a fun, easy, and unique way of getting involved on campus. Membership is open to any first-year student. Don't wait! Fill out the membership form and join today!
The Stonewall Society is dedicated to the principles and practice of social justice, civic engagement, and leadership development. The aim of this program is to develop knowledgeable, ethical, and service-driven leaders that are equipped to identify needs and stimulate change within their communities by encouraging community engagement and active citizenship through experiential learning and social justice dialogue.
Quench (Queers & Lunch)
Quench provides and opportunity for faculty, staff, and community partners to interact with students outside of the classroom. Students are presented with an engaging topic of interest for an in-depth dialogue over lunch. Topics range from intersectionality to national policies to cultural aspects of the LGBTQ community. This program is co-sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Homecooked Conversations is a program where a staff, faculty, or alum of Northwestern University opens their home to undergraduate students. For a few hours, students are able to get away from campus, avoid the dining halls, forget the books, and get to know the experiences of their LGBTQ or Ally host(s) through this community building program. This program is often sponsored by members of NUGALA.
Lavender Graduation is an inspiring and affirming ceremony co-sponsored with NUGALA that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and ally community from Northwestern University. All students who participate will receive a rainbow tassel and stole to wear with their academic regalia during commencement activities and will be invited to join the NUGALA.
World AIDS Day & HIV Testing
The LGBT Resource Center coordinates with various community partners to offer free and confidential HIV testing services for students. These services are offered at various times throughout the year. Other resources testing resources may be found here.
The NU OUTlist is a voluntary list of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and asexual (LGBTQA+) faculty and staff members who have committed to being a visible presence for students within the queer and trans* community. This list serves as a resource for students to have mentors across the university.