The Worcester State community values everyone’s contributions and believes that we can be our best when we are informed and supported. Many of the supports and resources available for those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community are available at Worcester State itself, but there are also resources at the municipal, state, and national level.
LGBTQ+ Resources at Worcester State University
LGBTQ+ Alliance provides students at Worcester State and within the community with a forum for the issues relating to sexual orientation and sexuality and provides a place to socialize and plan campus programs. Members of LGBTQ+ Alliance aim to encourage understanding and acceptance of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Counseling Center is a confidential, on-campus resource that assists students in coping with personal issues that interfere with their personal and academic development and sense of well-being. LGBTQ+ students may face stressors that differ from those of their peers. Counselors are available to treat a wide-variety of LGBTQ+ student concerns, including:
- Anxiety or depression
- Communicating identity or gender to others
- Establishing safety and support networks
- Healing from trauma which has resulted from expressed or assumed gender identity, gender expression, or sexuality
- Navigating sexual health and healthy relationships
- Referrals for additional treatment or services
Following intake paperwork and an initial evaluation, counselors will work with LGBTQ+ students to assess the level of services the student needs. This may include weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly appointments, as well as referrals to community resources.
As a confidential resource, the Counseling Center utilizes a separate data system to collect student demographics. In this system, students have the option to note their chosen name and pronouns. The Counseling Center will utilize a student’s chosen name except for when their legal name is required on legal documents.
The Counseling Center provides services to fully matriculated, undergraduate students and is located on the third floor of the Student Center. To make a counseling appointment, please call 508-929-8072, or you may email the Counseling Center at email@example.com.
In a recent update to university policy, students, faculty, and staff can now designate a chosen first name, pronouns, and non-binary gender identity within our information system. Chosen name will be used on internal campus communications wherever a legal name is not necessary.
Your chosen name will be reflected throughout the university’s computer information systems (including course registration lists, OneCard, Blackboard, and email addresses), and will be the official way you will be addressed throughout your daily life in our campus community. Students who would like to update information can visit the Registrar’s Office and fill out the “Chosen Name, Gender Identity, and Pronoun Request Form.”
After the form has been processed, you can update your OneCard and email address. For email address updates, submit a help desk ticket.
Faculty and staff interested in updating their information should contact Director of Employee Services, Sue Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about records and data collection, please see our Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy.
Worcester State University encourages students, faculty, and staff to use the restroom they feel most comfortable using. Single-use restrooms are also available throughout campus.
Building Location Notes Administration Building Floors 1, 2, 3 Single-use gendered restrooms Administration Building Floor 4 Single-use gender-inclusive Dowden Hall Two on 1st floor, rooms 1141, 1142 Open to the public Dowden Hall Two on basement level, rooms 1007, 1008 Open to staff only LRC 1st floor, room 123 Open to the public Sheehan Hall 2nd floor, room 213 For Sheehan Hall residents only Sheehan Hall 1st floor, room 104 Open to the public Wasylean Hall Two on 1st floor, rooms 106, 108 Open to the public Wellness Center 2nd floor, room 209 Both restroom and shower facility, open to the public
The following faculty and staff have participated in Safe Space Training and are a resource for LGBTQ+ students seeking a safe space to talk.
Name Title Office Building Room Number Elena Arranz Alonso Non-Matriculated& Adult Student Advisor Graduate and Continuing Education Administration 408 Matt Bejune Executive Director Library Learning Resources Center 206-B Dean Bowen Assistant Director Athletics Wellness Center 105 Alex Briesacher Assistant Professor Sociology May St 203 Tiana Carrisquillo Associate Director Admissions Administration 248 Adrian Gage Assistant Dean Student Affairs/Residence Life Sheehan Hall 101 Vicki Gruzynski Assistant Librarian Library Learning Resources Center 212 Leah Guzman Program Coordinator Intensive English Language Institute Administration 412-A Joshua Katz Coordinator Student Conduct Student Center 339 Julie Kazarian Dean Student Affairs Student Center 344 Thomas Kelley Director Retention Administration 159 Sandra LaCroix Clerk Criminal Justice Learning Resources Center 120 Stacey Luster Assistant Vice President Human Resources, Payroll, AAEO Administration 335 Susan Moore Director Human Resources Administration 313 Alison Okuda Assistant Professor History and Political Science Sullivan Academic Center 327-O Sarah Potrikus Assistant Director Student Involvement Student Center 207 Kathleen Rogan Staff Assistant Enrollment Management Administration 159 Sarah Strout Assistant Vice President Institutional Assessment and Planning Administration 355 Henry Theriault Associate Vice President Academic Affairs Administration 361 Sarah Valois Counselor Counseling Services Student Center 325 Francisco Vivoni Assistant Professor Sociology May St 205 Jason White Staff Associate University Police/Parking & Transportation Wasylean Hall 102-D Lois Wims Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs Administration 365
The following courses incorporate LGBTQ+ content:
CM-350 Intercultural Communication:
Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality, politics, and economics.
HE-230 Human Sexuality and Sex Education:
Focus on the need for and understanding of sex education, along with the process of implementing sexuality education, with emphasis upon teacher preparation.
PH-254 Feminist Theory:
Examines the development of feminist ideas and movements from the 18th century to the present, in the US and, particularly in recent decades, globally. A close analysis of Second Wave, Postmodern, and Black Feminist ideas are studied as a basis for writings and social action that attends to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, using intersectional methodologies and critiques to address issues of reproduction and health, labor and economic power, violence, and state power.
UR-280 The Queer City:
This course is an introduction to the study of same-sex sexualities, their meanings and social organizations, across cultures and through time. The materials for the course are drawn from an array of disciplines, from biology to history, but center upon cultural and urban anthropology. Students will learn to think critically about the role of culture and society in the construction of genders and sexualities worldwide with an emphasis on urban contexts.
Worcester State University is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, gender-based discrimination, and stalking. Worcester State University prohibits discrimination against any individual based on sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, and is committed to protecting people of all gender and sexual identities from harassment and discrimination as expressed in our university policies (Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan).
If you have experienced any form of sexual violence or discrimination based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, please contact the Director of Title IX, Jennifer Quinn to report the incident and receive any support and guidance that may be needed.
More resources can be found on the Title IX page.
he Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is responsible for providing a comprehensive approach to addressing incidents of bias that challenge the university’s mission, core values, civility policies, Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation, and efforts toward improving campus climate. BIRT is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who represent various divisions, departments, and disciplines and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming campus environment.
Any conduct, speech, or expression that is directed against or toward an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status. These acts are primarily motivated by prejudice or hatred that demeans and/or harasses others based upon their membership in a protected category.
All members of the Worcester State community who experience or witness a bias incident should immediately report the incident via the Bias Incident Reporting. All reports of bias incidents are directed to the EO Officer and/or their designee(s) and then taken to the BIRT.
The LGBTQ+ Resource Center is an on-campus, safe space dedicated to advocating for the needs of LGBTQ+ students and their allies. The resource room works directly with the LGBTQ+ Alliance to encourage understanding and acceptance of community members both on campus and within the larger community. The center is located in Student Affairs, room C-336.
LGBTQ+ Resources in Worcester and Massachusetts
MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
We are Safe Homes, a program supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people, and their straight allies, between the ages of 14 and 23. The group is led by youth peer leaders, professional staff, and volunteers who offer support, resources, and opportunities for socialization in a safe and nurturing environment.
LGBTQ+ Resources at the National Level
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.