Office of LGBTQA Affairs

Resources

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Campus Resources

LGBTQA Community Engagement Room

The LGBTQA Community Engagement Room is located in 016 Student Union Room 016 (right next to the WWSU radio station). The LGBTQA Community Engagement Room offers a library of top LGBTQA+  books and DVD picks of the month, a space to spend time building community, and is staffed by community engagement coordinator student employees.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

LGBTQA Affairs Library

Visit the Wright State LGBTQA Affairs page at Goodreads to find all the book and DVD selections the Office of LGBTQA Affairs offers you.

Counseling and Wellness Services for LGBTQA+ Students 

Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) liason Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D., associate director for clinical training, serves as a resource to partner on programs, facilitate referrals for students access services, and offer perspectives on student well-being that focuses on mental health awareness. She will meet with students who have questions about CWS and its services and help connect students to available resources. 

Services provided are:

  • Individual and group services—(including a group specifically for LGBTQA+ identified students). 
  • Staff members that have worked with many students seeking support with
    • Coming out to family/friends and in academic/work settings.
    • Navigating dating relationships.
    • Coping with discrimination, bias, and/or harassment.
    • Redefining expressions of gender.
    • Navigating university processes for name changes and pronoun use.
    • Pursuing gender affirming services (i.e., hormones).
  • Psychiatry services are available for students who are interested in medication to manage symptoms that might interfere with academics or impact social relationships or self-esteem. 
  • Assessments for students that are interested in exploring career options, learning more about themselves and their strengths, and help understanding concerns related to inattention or academic difficulties. 

Learn more about LGBTQA student support from Counseling and Wellness and what to expect and how to get started (PDF).

Medical Resources for LGBTQA Needs from Boonshoft Pride

The Boonshoft School of Medicine Pride group maintain an updated medical resource list that includes several LGBTQA+ inclusive medical and health care providers. The providers listed have either asked to be included in this list or have been recommended by a person who identifies as LGBTQA+. Because one or even many LGBTQA+ individuals have had a positive and inclusive experience with a provider on this list does not mean that will be the experience for all people. If you feel a provider should be removed or added to this list please contact the Office of LGBTQA Affairs Director Petey Peterson.

Individuals with Disabilities

Contact the Office of Disability Services at 023 Student Union or (937) 775-5680.

Women's Center

The Women's Center offers resources and support for women on campus and in the surrounding area through facilitating connections, providing resources, and advocating for equitable experiences and opportunities for all people. The center actively seeks to create an environment in which women, gender-queer, and gender-fluid individuals are supported, encouraged, and less isolated.

Career Services

Visit the Career Center for more information on job, internship, and career resources available. The Human Rights Campaign offers employer rankings and access to equal opportunity policies for both corporations and government.


Policies

Bias-Related Incident Reporting

A bias-related incident is any behavior or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background, including but not limited to race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation. Such acts may result in creating a hostile environment and may have a negative psychological, emotional, or physical impact on an individual, group, and/ or community. Bias-related incidents occur without regard to whether the act is legal, illegal, intentional, or unintentional.

Equal Opportunity in Education and Employment

Wright State University provides equal access to education and employment to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender faculty, staff, students, and community member. Visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion for more information or view university way policy 8000


Terminology

  • Lesbian: Women who experience sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to other women.
  • Gay: Used in some cultural settings to represent men who are attracted to men in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. Not all men who engage in same gender sexual behavior identify as gay, and, as such, this label should be used with caution.
  • Bisexual or Bi: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to people of their own gender, as well as other genders—not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree.
  • Transgender: A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex or gender assigned at birth. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.
  • Trans Woman: An identity label sometimes adopted by male to female trans people to signify that they are women while still affirming their transgender history.
  • Trans Man: An identity label sometimes adopted by female to male trans people to signify that they are men while still affirming their transgender history.
  • Queer: A political statement, as well as a sexual orientation, which advocates breaking binary thinking and seeing both sexual orientation and gender identity as potentially fluid. The term is a simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires. For example, a person who is attracted to multiple genders may identify as queer. Many older LGBT people feel the word has been hatefully used against them for too long and are reluctant to embrace it. Queer can be used as an umbrella term to refer to all LGBTQI+ people.
  • Questioning: An individual who is unsure of and/or exploring their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
  • Intersex: Intersex is a set of medical conditions that feature congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system. That is, intersex people are born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia, or internal reproductive systems that are not considered standard for either male or female.
  • Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction. They may or may not experience emotional, physical, or romantic attraction. Asexuality differs from celibacy because it is a sexual orientation, not a choice. People who are asexual may call themselves œace.
  • Aromantic: A person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others.
  • Heterosexism: Prejudice against individuals and groups who display non-heterosexual behaviors or identities, combined with the majority power to impose such prejudice. Usually used to the advantage of the group in power. Any attitude, action, or practice“ backed by institutional power that subordinates people because of their sexual orientation.
  • Cisgender: someone who feels comfortable with the gender identity assigned to them based on their sex assigned at birth.
  • LGBTQA+ Ally: Someone who confronts heterosexism, anti–LGBTQA+ biases, heterosexual and cisgender privilege in themselves and others; believes that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are social justice issues.

Beyond the Basics Resources


Campus Climate Index

Wright State University participates annually in the campus climate index to gauge the campus response to providing programs, services, and support. 

Learn more about LGBT–Friendly Campus Climate Index website.

The Office of LGBTQA Affairs also partners with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The Office of Equity and Inclusion is committed to protecting LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff while also working to create a more affirming and inlcusive campus community for LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff. Read more on the Office of Equity and Inclusion News and Events page