The Q Center is a resource for education about gender and sexual diversity. We offer workshops through our LGBTQ Active Ally Program, respond to special requests for classroom panels and presentations, consult with students, faculty and staff about campus policies and procedures as they relate to LGBTQ inclusion, and consult on individual concerns and issues whether they be classroom, department, or residence hall based. For consultations, please contact the Center Director at 607-777-6028.
Active Ally Program
The Mission of the Active Ally Program is to identify, educate, and support allies who will work to enhance our campus culture increasing individuals ability to live and work authentically without regard to gender or sexual identity.
The Program offers foundational training and continued growth and practice of new skills through advanced subject workshops or "Deep Dives", discussion sessions, and social events. Participants receive an Active Ally Certificate and Badges as they work their way through the tiers of the program. Learn more about the program and register for workshops here: Active Ally Program
Our classroom support takes on many forms:
Basic Human Sexuality presentations can be done at any time but are especially useful as fillers when a faculty member may otherwise have to cancel a class. If you have to cancel class due to illness or travel, allow us to come in and present the basics. The more members of our community who understand the difference between sexual orientation, gender and gender identity the better! Use this FORM to make a request.
LGBTQ Speakers Bureau panels are popular in the professional disciplines where hearing firsthand accounts from LGBTQ people supports learning toward becoming a helpful professional. Education, H. Dev, Social Work, Psychology, SAA, MPA, Nursing, and Pharmacology are examples of classrooms where LGBTQ panels are often used. Panelists are often students, but may also include some faculty and staff. We will do our best to honor requests for specific topic areas. Panel requests must be made a semester in advance, and are due before the last day of classes. Use this FORM to make a request.
Individualized Support and Consultation are always available for faculty who find themselves struggling in unfamiliar territory. When a student announces that they are transitioning genders; a student just came out to mom and dad and were kicked out of the house; or a student is experiencing dating violence within a same-sex relationship - it can be difficult to know what to do. Sometimes a faculty member wants to expand a class offering to be more inclusive of LGBTQ identities or has an idea for a lesson plan or activity and wants to discuss it. These are all reasons to give the Q Center a call. The Director is available to walk through any scenario with you! Contact us at 7-6028.
Chosen Name Syllabus Statement has been crafted, with the help of students, faculty and staff, to support faculty in their desire to create gender inclusive classrooms. The tone for the semester is set even before students enter the classroom--through the language included in the syllabus. This sample statement can be used to communicate faculty commitment and expectations for the inclusion of transgender and gender expansive students both in and outside of the classroom and cen be found here.
We are available to students, faculty, and staff who have questions about current policies and procedures and how they impact LGBTQ people on campus. Maybe you have a question that could be as simple as "How do we ask about gender on our registration form?" We also love to hear new ideas for policies and procedures that could move Binghamton toward becoming an even more affirming campus. Thoughts, ideas, or concerns can be shared with the Director. Contact us at 7-6028.