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Team Q

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Team Q

Team Q is the LGBT Center Peer Leader program for first-year and transfer students. Team Q is a way to make friends and learn about gender and sexuality in a supportive and open environment. As peer leaders, we offer guidance, support, and resources to first-year and transfer students. We plan queer-themed social events and are a great introduction to queer life at Tufts!
You do not have to identify as LGBT to attend Team Q events or be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader. Events are open to all Tufts students, but for events that require registration (like our annual Provincetown retreat), Team Q mentees will receive priority.

To be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader, email Hope Freeman.

Meet Our Peer Leaders!

Team Q PLs are mentors, friends, and resources for first-year students, particularly those interested in gender, sexuality, and identity. Any interested first-year may request a Peer Leader. PLs will organize group meals, discussions, and help you explore all that Tufts and the Boston area have to offer. To be assigned a PL, email Hope Freeman

CoralysHey everyone! My name's Coralys or Cori, whichever feels natural to you (I enjoy both pretty equally tbh) and use she/her pronouns. I’m a junior, double majoring in Clinical Psychology and Child Study & Human Development. I’m also a cis, non-spanish speaking Puerto Rican, born in Florida but living in ye ol’ Massachusetts for the past 5 years. You’ll typically find me hanging out with my close friends on campus, laughing and generally being a goofball, tackling my homework in Tisch (one of the many libraries on campus), or spotting me on campus walking around with my ears blocked cuz I don’t know my life without music flowing into my brain. Before my time at Tufts, I found my sexual orientation to be one that always had me full of questions, bouncing between a few labels before calling it quits and saying whatever, I like/love is what I like/love. My freshman year I found the LGBT center and found a centering-like feeling in the term pansexuality and have since identified with it but I’m always questioning and exploring my own identity. I really enjoy talking about sexuality and identity as well as the psychological component to all things and how a person’s experiences, circumstances, and identity impacts their perception as well as how the world treats them. Some of my fave things are creating insiders that make you laugh from one word/sound alone, taking slow walks around the area, reading fanfics, and balancing serious conversations with lighthearted laughter that doesn’t derail the seriousness of the topic discussed but makes it easier to bear. In general I’m a pretty quiet, open, and honest person and I can’t wait to meet the class of 2021!

L. HowellHi all! My name is Laurel, or Lars (she/her/hers), and I am a Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Math. I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico and therefore love all things green chile! If I’m not working in lab, you can find me dancing with Tufts Bhangra, aka Tufts best dance crew; or enjoying all things sci-fi, most notably Star Trek. I am also the president of Tufts oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), a pre-professional society for Queer folks in the sciences! I am so excited to get to know everyone and welcome you to campus!

 

M. KenneallyHey folks! I'm Meg Kenneally [she/her/hers] and I'm a senior at Tufts, I study Archaeology and Anthropology with a minor in Colonialism Studies! I'm relatively local to Tufts, having lived in Massachusetts my whole life so I have a passable knowledge of the area, though I will still inevitably get lost in Boston some days since I have the directional instinct of a goldfish. I'm involved with student government at Tufts, specifically the TCU Judiciary, and I'm a facilitator for the Queer Women's Group- I'd love to talk about either! Otherwise, my interests include playing video games, reading, cooking cheese-based foods, playing D&D with friends, and finding new positive queer content to support! Talk to me about whatever!

KenHi, I'm Ken (they/them) and I'm a sophomore psych major focusing on neurolinguistics attempting a double minor in linguistics and Japanese and I'm also really queer! Aside from Team Q, I'll also be in WuZee, the Chinese fusion dance group on campus. I love drawing, anime, foreign films, coconut drinks and snacks, and cats! My passion is community building, so whether you're my mentee or not, I'm always down to hang out or grab a meal/drink.

 

 

Owen ChungHi! I’m Owen Cheung and I am stoked to be a part of Team Q this year! My pronouns are he/him/his and I’m a gay, biracial half-Asian/half-White sophomore from Philly. My academic interests include biology and international relations (although I have yet to decide which to pursue). I love animals, especially those of the scaly variety, and I stan Britney Spears. At Tufts, I’m involved with the Tufts Observer (a student newsmagazine) and LOQSOCA (Loving Ourselves as Queer Students of Color in Action), among others. I was inspired to join Team Q because of my own experience with my mentor who showed me how Tufts can be my home away from home and I hope I am able to do the same for you! So if anything I’ve said interests you, or if you have any vague interest in art, music, politics, food, or pop culture (because I know you must like one of those), then please reach out to me. I’m happy to talk, whether or not you’re my mentee!

LeticiaHey! My name is Leticia, and I'm a sophomore double-majoring in Clinical Psychology and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, as well as minoring in Portuguese. I'm originally from Brazil and moved to Miami when I was 9. I currently serve as the Latinx Community Senator on TCU Senate and as the Liaison and President of the Tufts Questbridge Chapter. I am also involved in the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), United for Immigrant Justice, and the Tufts Observer! I am incredibly passionate about social justice, dogs, poetry, and memes (not necessarily in that order).

BrieHi! My name is Brie (she/her/hers). I'm a rising sophomore at Tufts studying International Relations, Russian, and Spanish. Outside of class, I am heavily involved in politics, whether that be through online discussion groups, my job at the Institute for Global Leadership, or political clubs on campus. Sports are also a huge passion of mine. At Tufts I’m a varsity fencer, and I also plan to get involved with rugby. Some of my favorite topics of discussion are queer music, queer television (especially Orphan Black and RuPaul’s Drag Race), intersectional feminism, and the importance of the oxford comma. I’m so excited to work with Team Q this year! Even if you aren’t my mentee, feel free to reach out; I’m always down for coffee and discussions about gender and sexuality.

Kenneth MeyersonKenneth (Ken) Meyerson is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering and identifies as a non-binary, queer student of color. As Rainbow House manager, he spends much of his free time in and around the suite. His flair for unusual inventions and DIY projects often leaves him wrangling electrical pixies and chiseling mechanical parts late into the night with his door open to the common room. Ken hopes to expand and embolden the role of Rainbow House as part of the Tufts community by organizing more LGBTQIA+ events and bringing Rainbow House deeper into the campus culture.

Matt Z-BHi! My name is Matthew and I'm a sophomore majoring in Biopsychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I use He series pronouns and I was born and raised in Miami, FL (aka North Cuba). I'm super Queer and I hope to be an advocate for the Queer community in the medical field. On campus, I'm involved with Tufts Labor Coalition and ALAS. I also work at Hodge where I make the best burritos at Tufts (don't quote me on that though).

Team Q Events

Fall 2017 Events

Orientation 2017

LGBT Center Open House
Wednesday, August 30
3 - 5 p.m.
LGBT Center: Bolles House 226 College Ave.
Come meet Team Q and other queer first-year students. All are welcome!

STRUT: A Dance Party
Friday, September 1
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Hotung Café
Co-Sponsored by the LGBT Center and the Women's Center
Join us for a night of queer music and dancing!

Annual Team Q Provincetown Retreat

Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15 (limited availability; registration required; RSVP early!)
This is an incredible opportunity to build relationships with fellow Jumbos and discuss gender, sexuality, and identity in a beautiful and historical queer town on Cape Cod.

National Coming Out Day Rally

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Join us at the lower campus center patio for a rally in celebration of NCOD. Students, faculty, and staff will share stories about their experiences of gender and sexuality at Tufts and beyond.

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Discussion Groups and Organizations

Tufts is home to a wide variety of LGBT organizations. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty/staff, and alumni are all represented by different groups. We have support groups, discussion groups, social organizations and outreach teams. Please browse our menu below for more information.

Undergraduate Discussion Groups
Ace Space

Ace Space is a space for asexual-spectrum (i.e. asexual, aromantic, demisexual, demiromantic, grey-a, bi/pan-romantic, etc.) queer, and questioning individuals. The group will primarily focus on discussion of personal experiences with these shared identities, and these conversations will be facilitated by students who share some of these lived experiences. We meet at the LGBT Center on Wednesdays at 8:00pm.

Email Elizabeth McCall for more information.

QWAND (Queer Women and Non-Binary Discussion)

Interested in joining a weekly conversation group with other women? The student-led group will determine the discussion each week, but topics that we have discussed so far include being queer at Tufts, coming out, relationships with our parents, bisexuality, racism in the community, and dating. Last year the meetings averaged about 15-20 people, with new people showing up weekly! We have lots of social events including movie screenings, dinners, and just hanging out. We meet at the LGBT Center Mondays at 8:00pm.

Email Meg Kenneally for more information. 

Queer Men's Group

The Queer Men's Group is a social and supportive space that will discuss issues in contemporary queer life at Tufts and beyond. Topics for the week will vary depending on the interst of the group. Above all, queer men's group is meant to be a space where students can explore their identities, connect with others, and build community in an intentional setting. Important: You do not have to identify as a binary queer man to participate in our discussions. We are a trans and non-binary affirming space and we welcome all students who want to be involved in these discussions. We meet at the LGBT Center on Sundays at 7:00pm.

Email Ben Brazelton more information. 

PLUS (Place of Love and United Support) Discuss Students Group

This is a support/discussion group focused on the issues that face bisexual, pansexual, and fluid students here at Tufts and in the larger community. It is a confidential, safe space. Whether coming out to ourselves, our families, the queer community or the world at large, we all have a story to tell. We meet at the LGBT Center on Thursdays at 8:00pm.

Email Madeleine Onstwedder or Priyanka Kumar for more information.

LOQSOCA: Loving Ourselves as Queer Students of Color in Action

The mission of LOQSOCA (Loving Ourselves as Queer Students of Color in Action) is to provide a space, both physical and communal, where the multi-faceted identities of students who are queer and express all gender identities of COLOR at Tufts University are free from attack. LOQSOCA aims to create a community that values the self-celebration, self-care, affirmation, and love of these individuals, within their own communities and throughout the Tufts community. Beyond toleration — we seek meaningful inclusion, equal opportunity, heightened awareness and enrichment of the QPOC community and safety throughout campus. We aim to be united in supporting the social equality and liberation of queer people of color from oppression and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and RACE. We meet at the LGBT Center on Mondays at 9:30pm.

Email Anéya Sousa or Anjie Knight for more information.

T-Time

T-Time provides a confidential space for individuals who fall outside the traditional cisgender male/female binary. This group will focus on discussing personal experiences with these shared identities. The group will be facilitated by students who share these lived experiences. We meet Mondays at 7:30pm.

Email JN Matthews for more information and location.

QUERY: Coming Out/Questioning Group

Students Who Are Questioning or Coming Out

Questioning your sexuality or gender? Thinking about coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender? Join the Questioning and/or Coming Out Support Group. Thoughts and feelings about sexuality and the possibility of coming out can feel challenging, confusing, and also exhilarating. This support group offers an opportunity to talk with a small group of your peers about sexuality and the coming out journey in a confidential setting. For more information, email Hope Freeman or call her directly: 617-627-4640.

See our Full List of Resources for Student who are Questioning or Coming Out

Graduate Organizations
GLBT Grad Group

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Grad Group at Tufts is for all Tufts grad and professional school students, including Arts and Sciences, the Fletcher School, the Medical School, the Dental School, the Veterinarian School, and the Friedman School of Nutrition. Each semester, the LGBT Center (Medford Campus) hosts a Grad Student Wine and Cheese Reception to help GLBT graduate students and allies connect with each other. In addition, the Grad Group meets intermittently for parties, movie nights, and other social events.

Join Our Listserv to find out what's going on with Grad Students!

See the LGBT Center Calendar for special grad student events as well as general programs.

Also of interest: Club Café in Boston's South End (209 Columbus Ave. at Berkeley St.) has a monthly party for Boston area GLBT Grad Students on the first Friday of the month. Call the Club Cafe for details: 617-536-0966.

Fletcher GLBT Student Group

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Fletcher Student Group's goal is to raise awareness of sexual and gender minority issues both in the field of international relations and at the Fletcher School. The Fletcher GLBT group is open to both sexual and gender minorities and allies.

See the LGBT Center Calendar for special grad student events as well as general programs.

Also of interest: Club Café in Boston's South End (209 Columbus Ave. at Berkeley St.) has a monthly party for Boston area GLBT Grad Students on the first Friday of the month. Call the Club Cafe for details: 617-536-0966.

TUHSQ

The Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance is an organization dedicated to connecting and strengthening lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and allied (LGBTQIA) students and professionals at Tufts' Boston Campus. For more information, visit the Tufts School of Medicine Students Groups and Activity Funding page

Other Organizations
Queer Studies Reading Group

The Queer Studies Reading Group is a brand new group run through the LGBT Center. It is a discussion group where we can read recent articles/books that relate to queer studies/theory/politics. Check the LGBT Center Calendar for the topic and meeting date.

Please call the LGBT Center 617-627-3770 for more information.

Faculty/Staff Caucus

Faculty and staff, please email Caleb Davis for information about the Caucus, our upcoming events, and to join our listserve!

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Workshops

The LGBT Center offers workshops to student groups, university offices, and academic departments. We can work with you to tailor the workshop to your needs, but please do allot the appropriate amount of time for each session. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact lgbt@tufts.edu

Fundamentals and Definitions: Gender Identity and Expression 101

Everybody has a gender identity, and yet we don’t have many intentional spaces to think about what this means and how gender impacts all of our lives differently. The Gender Identity and Expression workshop outlines fundamental concepts and terminology about gender. One goal of this training is to help create a safer and more supportive community for trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students by equipping participants with some important vocabulary and pointing them to places where they can learn more.

Choose this workshop if you are looking for definitions related to gender identity and expression and need to grow your understanding of what it means to be trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or cisgender.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

LGBT Identities 101

This workshop is an introduction to important concepts and terminology related to LGBT identities. We will outline the difference between gender and sexuality; explore how queerphobia (biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) impacts students at Tufts; and think about how to interrupt anti-queer microaggressions. This workshop gives participants a chance to ask questions and consider how they can create more inclusive spaces on campus for all students.

Choose this workshop if you are looking for a broad introduction to LGBT identity and want to learn how you can become a better ally to all LGBTQ individuals, at Tufts and beyond.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

Making Safer Spaces: When Should I Call Someone Queer?

Ever feel like you just don’t know what word to use to describe someone’s gender or sexuality? How can you keep up on the most current words and trends in LGBT vocabulary? Do the words some people use to describe themselves confuse you or make you uncomfortable? What do all those letters stand for anyway? In this facilitated conversation we will explore the complexities of LGBT terminology and the opportunities that we have to affirm each other’s sexuality and gender through language. And yes, we will answer the question in the workshop’s title!

Choose this workshop if you want to broaden your understanding of LGBTQ vocabulary and have an in-depth conversation about how gender and sexuality are discussed in your group/office/club/profession.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

Pronoun Fluency

Our most popular offering, the Pronoun Fluency workshop is designed to give faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to gain familiarity with pronoun usage and strategies of address. Do you have questions about non-binary pronouns? Do you keep calling someone in your life by the wrong pronouns? Are you unsure how to talk to new people without gendering them? This workshop explores how to create safer spaces for all members of the Tufts community through pronoun usage. Workshop includes tips and a practice activity!

Choose this workshop if you need a practical, hands-on opportunity to improve your knowledge or usage of pronouns, especially if you struggle to get other people’s pronouns right!

Workshop Length: 90 minutes