What makes an LGBTQ-friendly campus? The question is a very personal one. Each undergraduate and graduate student needs to evaluate their prospective university or college with their own interests and sense of what makes LGBTQ campus life appealing.
We encourage you to review our programs and our resource pages to gain a better sense of the Cornell University LGBTQ+ community. To see the types of programs regularly offered and to view a current semester calendar, visit the upcoming events LINK page. It may also be helpful to review opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students on campus. There are more than 20 undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ groups on campus here to assist you in finding a home at Cornell.
Cornell also has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. Within our Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) department, we have a program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Within our libraries, we have a world renowned Human Sexuality Collection, which seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.
Please also consider reaching out to Brian Patchcoski, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Resource Center, who can answer many of the questions you might have about LGBTQ+ life on campus. He will be able to refer you to current students, staff, and faculty with whom you may share similar values, backgrounds, and/or concerns.
If you are a first-year undergraduate and/or graduate student, please also consider joining our First Year Queer Connections Group. You can learn more about the group here.
If you are able to visit our Ithaca campus, we encourage you to stop by the LGBT Resource Center in the Center for Intercultural Dialogue at 626 Thurston Avenue. The LGBT Resource Center is equipped to provide many different services, depending on the needs of individuals.
Below is a brief list of some the programs and services we offer:
We look forward to welcoming you to our community!