The Office of LGBTQA Advocacy & Education is committed to the creation of an inclusive and supportive campus community where all students are empowered to succeed regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
History of the LGBTQA Advocacy & Education
During the 2011-2012 academic year, ALLies Club led the initiative to create a position for an LGBTQA Advisor. The momentum behind this movement was fueled by the desire to make our campus more inclusive and welcoming to members of the queer community. Members of the Gettysburg College queer community felt they would deeply benefit by having someone who could aid them in finding better ways in which to make the campus more open and affirming for queer-identified students. The framework for this position was greatly influenced by that of the model used by the Intercultural Resource Center.
After numerous meetings between the faculty advisors and executive board of ALLies with administrators from the Office of College Life, the decision was made to hire an individual specifically focused on promoting the interests of queer students. At the conclusion of the 2012 Spring Semester, this position became officially established at Gettysburg College and a dual-position was created for a professional staff member who worked within Residence Life and served as the first ever LGBTQA Advisor. In the Spring of 2013, this half-time position became full time and the office was renamed LGBTQA Advocacy and Education.