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LGBTQIA Resources

Programs & Additional Resources

Office of the College Chaplains
In a spirit of affirmation and hospitality, the Office of the College Chaplains offer a confidential Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Support group, which provides students with an opportunity to discuss being LGBTQ at Holy Cross.

The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center staff members are dedicated to creating an inclusive atmosphere for all individuals. We have specialized training and experience in working with members of the LGBTQIA community.

Pride
Pride is a student-run group, made of up of allies and LGBTQ students, which works toward increasing visibility and creating an accepting and supportive community for students of all identities. For more information, email pride@g.holycross.edu.

Outfront: A Holy Cross GLBTQ Faculty and Staff Alliance
Outfront seeks to cultivate a vibrant social and academic community of GLBTQ faculty and staff, students, alumni, and their allies.

The Office of Title IX Initiatives
The Office of Title IX Initiatives supports the College's dedication to an inclusive and safe community that is free from harassment and discrimination. The director of Title IX Initiatives responds to concerns involving discrimination based on gender, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

LGBTQIA Mentoring Program
The LGBTQIA Mentoring Program aims to create networking and mentoring opportunities for current students. Faculty and staff mentors are members of the LGBTQIA community and allies.

Programs & Additional Resources

 

LGBTQIA Mentoring Program

The LGBTQIA Mentoring Program aims to create networking and mentoring opportunities for current students. Faculty and staff mentors are members of the LGBTQIA community and allies. The program, which is meant to be relaxed and friendly, will feature one or two events every semester for LGBTQIA students to socialize with Outfront members. Additionally, students may seek out individuals for further mentoring and support.

 

 

Tom Campbell
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions
tcampbel@holycross.edu
508-793-2537
Fenwick 105
As a 2014 alum, I have many wonderful memories of the Hill, but I also recognize the isolation I felt as a closeted gay student. I wanted to be open about my sexuality, but I just wasn’t sure which audience (if any) would be receptive. I want to be that audience for any student whose story parallels my own. I also think I am a pretty fun guy and just like to talk in general, AND would be willing to treat you to coffee (unless you have oodles of dining dollars, then I’ll have you pick up the tab)!

 

Stephenie Chaudoir
Assistant Professor, Psychology
508-793-3620
schaudoi@holycross.edu
Beaven 326
I believe that we become our best possible selves when we are seen and affirmed for who we truly are. As an ally, I'm here to help you build affirming spaces and find supportive community members so that you can cultivate the unique gifts you have to offer our campus and the world.

 

 

Stephanie Crist
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology
508-793-3597
scrist@holycross.edu
Beaven 206
I'd like to be a mentor because I enjoy getting to know students and think it is important to give back to LGBTQ communities. I came out in a vibrant and positive LGBTQ climate in graduate school and would like to see Holy Cross students have the same opportunities. I would be happy to have conversations about coming out, being LGBTQ in everyday life, transitioning, non-binary identities, queerness, and much more. Students should know that my interactional style tends to be high energy and that I hope to empower them to lead the focus and direction of our conversations.

 

 

Daniel J. DiCenso
Assistant Professor, Music
508-793-2390
ddicenso@holycross.edu
Brooks 343
I'm happy to talk about any aspect of LGBTQ life at Holy Cross. Being an alumnus of the college myself, I understand the particular benefits and challenges of being "out and about on The Hill" — then and now. In addition to my work in music, I worked for many years in K-12 schooling and hold a Ph.D. in Education for anyone interested in opportunities related to the field of Education.

 

 

Susan L. Finne
Administrative Assistant, Residence Life & Housing
sfinne@holycross.edu
508-793-2411
Hogan 122
I would be honored to be a mentor to a Holy Cross student. I feel that my life experience as a middle aged divorced mother gives me a perspective that a younger person can appreciate and learn from. I have a very common sense approach to life and feel that as people on this planet, we should respect and support each other regardless of any differences we have.

 

 

Jamie Hoag
Director, Government and Community Relations
508-793-3905
jhoag@holycross.edu
Hogan 522
As an openly gay alum and member of the college community, I want to be a resource for anyone who would like to discuss their experiences at Holy Cross. Having come out my senior year, I know the emotional courage that important step takes and can speak to my own personal journey to that decision. Regardless of where you are in your own development, I simply want to lend a friendly ear.

 

 

Alvaro Jarrin
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
508-793-2774
ajarrin@holycross.edu
Beaven 216
Having LGBTQIA faculty mentor me during my undergraduate years, as I was coming out, was an invaluable experience that gave me self-confidence and provided me a critical eye to see gender and sexuality in a new way. I hope to be similarly helpful to Holy Cross students as they navigate coming out to their friends and family, or as they come to terms with the complex ways that gender or sexual identity intersect with race, class and nationality. There is no question too simple, or issue too minor, that I wouldn't be glad to help students tackle.

 

 

Greta Kenney
Associate Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
508-793-2356
gkenney@holycross.edu
Smith 221
Figuring out who we are and who we want to become is often exciting, scary, joyful, confusing, and empowering all at the same time. When I came out — in grad school, in another country — I felt all of those emotions. I’m lucky to have had incredible mentors who helped me make sense of it all. And I’d love to provide that same guidance, support, and encouragement to our students. Feel free to email, call, or stop by!

 

 

Ellen Keohane

Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services 
508-793-2477
Smith 101
I am the Chief Information Officer at the College and also a graduate, '83. I've worked at Holy Cross since the summer after graduation and now hold the senior IT position at the College. I have a doctorate in management and organizational leadership; masters in CS; BA Mathmatics. So career mentoring could be a focus area. Also, women in management and leadership mentoring. I look forward to participating in this program!

 

 

Scott Malia
Assistant Professor, Theatre
smalia@holycross.edu
508-793-3319
O'Kane 492
I am incredibly passionate about student mentorship; it was one of the reasons I became involved with the creation of OUTFRONT. I believe our students greatly benefit from adult support as they deal with the variety of issues related to identity.

 

 

K.J. Rawson
Assistant Professor, English
508-793-2552
kjrawson@holycross.edu
Fenwick 214
Mentorship is an important way for faculty and staff to build relationships with students in order to provide support and encouragement. I have benefited from the mentorship of many wonderful people and I would love to be able to provide that same type of support for others. As an out queer faculty member, I would welcome conversations with students about coming out, coping with discrimination, transitioning, and any other topic related to LGBT experience.

 

 

Octavian Robinson

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
508-443-6113
orobinso@holycross.edu
Stein 429
My experience with a conservative religious family and a close-knit small college community as an undergraduate allows me to sympathize with students who might struggle with being openly queer in a small Catholic college. I'm happy to talk about coming out, transitioning, identity, and offer resources for support.

 

 

Virginia Ryan
Visiting Lecturer, Religious Studies
508-793-3467
vryan@holycross.edu
O'Kane 454
I would like to offer a safe and supportive relationship to students who are seeking advice or just someone to listen as they negotiate their place on campus. I am the parent of wonderful queer young adult and think I might be able to share some of what I've learned through that relationship.

 

 

Thibaut Schilt
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
508-793-2609
tschilt@holycross.edu
Stein 413
As a faculty member, I am committed to doing my part in making Holy Cross an inclusive campus that values diversity in all its forms, cultivates a respectful environment where students from various backgrounds feel genuinely welcome, and vigorously fights against bigotry and discrimination. I am a member of Outfront, and students may come to me about any LGBTQIA-related issue they would like to discuss. Ultimately, I want current and future students to see Holy Cross not just as a tolerant college, but as one that actively promotes inclusivity.

 

 

Amit Taneja
Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion // Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
508-793-3009
ataneja@holycross.edu
Smith 224
I am happy to be a resource for LGBTQIA students on our campus. I have led coming out discussion groups at four different campuses and at off-campus communities for over 15 years. My research is on the experiences of LGBTQIA students of color at predominantly white college campuses, and am happy to discuss issues of intersectionality. I have also supported transgender and gender queer students in their coming out journeys. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

 

 

Stephanie Yuhl
Professor, History and Director, Montserrat
508-793-3003
syuhl@holycross.edu
Smith 323
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching at Holy Cross is the opportunuty to be a part of a wonderful young person's transformation into thoughtful and engaged adults. I am here to listen to and accompany students on their own journeys of becoming. I also teach and write about gender and sexuality and feel strongly about social justice. My office door is always open, so come on by!

 

Off-Campus Resources

 

Worcester LGBTQ Agencies

SWAGLY (Supporters of Worcester Area Gay and Lesbian Youth
508-755-3773, ext. 42

PFLAG Worcester
508-631-2699

Safe Homes
508-755-0333

WLAN (Worcester LGBT Elder Network)
1-800-243-5111/ 508-756-1545

Worcester Pride

 

Health Resources

AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.
508-755-3773

Fenway Health
617-267-0900

JRI Health
857-399-1920

The Network/La Red (Survivor-led Organizing to End Partner Abuse in LGBTQ Communities)
Hotline: 617-742-4911 (Voice) / 617-227-4911 (TTY) Office: 617-695-0877

 

Legal Resources

GLAD
617-426-1350

Community Legal Aid
800-649-3718

MA Commission Against Discrimination
508-453-9630

LGBT Asylum Support Task Force 

 

24 Hour Hotlines

Fenway Community Health
Peer Listening Hotline: 1-800-399-7337 / Listening Hotline of Any Age: 1-888-340-4528

GLBTQ National Youth Hotline
1-800-246-7743

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
617-354-6056

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
1-888-843-4564

The Network/La Red (Survivor-led Organizing to End Partner Abuse in LGBTQ Communities)
Hotline: 617-742-4911 (Voice) / 617-227-4911 (TTY)

Trevor Project - GLBTQ Suicide Prevention
1-866-488-7386

 

Open & Affirming Faith Communities

Unitarian Universalist Church
508-853-1942

First Unitarian Church
508-757-2708

Hadwen Park Congregational Church
508-752-7489

Lake View Congregational Church UCC (Worcester Pride Sponsor)
508-756-5857

United Congregational Church
508-752-3785

Wesley United Methodist Church
508-799-4191

First Baptist Church
508-755-6143

All Saints Episcopal Church
508-752-3766

Temple Sinai
508 755-1257

Congregation Beth Israel
508-756-6204

Trinity Lutheran Church
508-753-2989

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
508-791-1530

The Woo Church (Worcester Pride Sponsor)
774-292-9201

 

 

Worcester Colleges & Universities 

 

Assumption College
508-767-7275

Becker College
1-877-523-2537

Clark University

MCPHS University (facebook link provided on MCPHS website)
508-373-5778

Quinsigamond Community College
508-854-4339

UMass Medical School
Q Mass Program: 508- 856-8989

WPI

Worcester State
508-929-8117 or 508-929-8784