Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs

About Us

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs was founded in July of 2015.  The Office of LGBTQA Affairs is part of the Division of Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement at Wright State University and is staffed by the Director and one Graduate Assistant. It proceeds the part-time staff member (graduate assistant) hired for GLBTQA Initiatives by Student Affairs & the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, & Ally Resource Room (both founded in 2011).

The Office of LGBTQA Affairs website is designed to collectively bring together information about LGBTQA programs and services in one convenient location for Wright State University students, faculty and staff.

The LGBTQA Community Engagement Room (formally known as the GLBTQA Resource Room which was a collaborative effort of the core team comprised of Counseling and Wellness ServicesOffice of Student ActivitiesWomen’s Center, Rainbow Alliance, and Student Government) is a service provided by the Office of LGBTQA Affairs. The LGBTQA Community Engagement Room offers a DVD & Book library, volunteer opportunities, and more. Email Josh Scacco- for more information if you are interested in volunteering.

In addition the Office of LGBTQA Affairs co-advises the undergraduate LGBTQA+ organization Rainbow Alliance and supports and partners with the Wright State Allies, Boonshoft Pride, and the LGBTQA+ Liaison in Counseling & Wellness.


The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally Affairs serves all Wright State students, staff, faculty, and alumni through four core tenets: Advocacy, Community Engagement, Education, & Support. The Office of LGBTQA Affairs accomplish these tenets by: 

  • Advocacy- Recommending & maintaining best Institutional policies and practices that ensure the holistic development and success of the LGBTQ & Ally communities at Wright State University.
  • Community Engagement- Facilitating cultural programs, advising & supporting student organizations, and fostering relationships with the greater Dayton community.
  • Education- Producing multiple educational opportunities for the Wright State Community to develop a stronger understanding of the complex intersections of Identity, Culture, & Social Justice Allyship.
  • Support- Providing resources & referrals that assist and affirm LGBTQ & Ally Wright State students, staff, and faculty to persist to academic and professional goals.

Upcoming Events related to Gender & Sexuality:

CALL FOR PAPERS- Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality Symposium: “Gendered Bodies/Gendered Lives”

When: Friday, February 19, 2016
Where: Wright State University, Dayton, OH 

Maurice Merleau-Ponty once said, “The body is our general medium for having a world.” It is also the general medium through which the world has us. This conference will explore diverse embodiments and the various meanings made of them, and how bodies shape both experience and access to justice, equity, and well-being.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to propose papers, panels, workshops, roundtables and performances as part of a day-long series of conversations about intersectional knowledge production, and the confluence of identities, oppressions, and social change solutions.

Successful proposals will engage the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, (dis)ability and/or nation, etc. Recognizing that social change often begins with critical analysis of culture, structure, and the status quo, this symposium offers opportunities for sharing diverse scholarship and effective models of social change. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: the politics of bodies and language; sexual and/or reproductive health and justice; transgender bodies and identities; violence against marginalized bodies and the effects of cumulative or insidious trauma; literary, film, and other visual media explorations of intersectionality; economic crisis and labor equity; histories of feminist, civil rights, LGBTQA, and other social movements; comparative and transnational analyses; new media and/or cultural activism; politics and grassroots organizing; the possibilities and challenges involved in coalition-building; anti-violence work; and backlash against those who work for social justice. Contributions from all disciplines as well as interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Please submit:

1) 250 word abstracts of proposed individual presentations, workshops and performances;

2) pre-constituted panels or roundtables which must include a brief description of the panel or roundtable theme and a 250 word abstract from each person participating in the session.

For a submission form, please email Hope Jennings at

Deadline for proposals: December 18, 2015. Email submissions are preferred.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Keynote: Dr. Brittany Cooper, Rutgers University,

“#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Racial Justice"

Dr. Brittany Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a Black feminist theorist who specializes in the study of Black women’s intellectual history, Hip Hop generation feminism, and race and gender representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press) examines the long history of Black women’s thought leadership in the U.S., with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism. In addition to a weekly column on race and gender politics at, she has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, All In With Chris Hayes, and Disrupt with Karen Finney.  She is also a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a popular feminist blog. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the’s Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers.


Presented by the Wright State University Women’s Center, African & African-American Studies Program, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, with support from the Wright State Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and Office of LGBTQA Affairs, and in coalition with the Miami University Women’s Center, Black World Studies Program, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.


Petey L Peterson, M.S.

LGBTQA Affairs
Director, LGBTQA Affairs
Student Union 011, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Joshua Evan Scacco

Graduate Student
Student college:
College of Ed & Human Services
Student major:
Education Leadership