Supporting LGBTQ Students

The LGBT Center is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Bolles House on the Medford/Somerville campus. The Center has a peer leadership group that provides mentors for first-year students and eight identity-based affinity groups, as well as Tufts Pride, an LGBT staff and faculty affinity group. The Center also provides various resources both on and off campus for undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alums.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources does the LGBT Center have?

The LGBT Center has a computer lab, printing, and an LGBTQ-specific library on our third floor. The LGBT Center also has a conference room and living room on the second floor with plenty of space to meet for groups or to study.

Why does Tufts have an LGBT Center?

The Tufts LGBT Center was founded in 1992 and originated from student protest. Students felt there was not enough access to LGBTQ-specific resources and demanded that the institution provide a space for them. In trying to further understand the needs of LGBTQ students, particularly those on college campuses, the LGBT Center has been used to foster a sense of belonging, safety, and inclusion for LGBTQ students, as well as faculty and staff.

Will my child be safe as an LGBTQ student at Tufts?

When considering safety as an LGBT student, it is important to for the student to know what protections are in place here at Tufts to support them if they ever felt threatened or unsafe based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. At the LGBT Center, we encourage students to self advocate or seek support via the LGBT Center or the Office of Equal Opportunity if they are interested in reporting acts of bias that violate against the Tufts’ Non-Discrimination Policy.

What are some resources for trans and non-binary students?

The LGBT Center has eight affinity groups that are peer led and attended by students with lived experiences of being trans and non-binary. The LGBT Center has also identified and worked with providers in Health and Wellness (Counseling and Mental Health Service and Health Service) that are well versed on trans and non-binary health issues. The LGBT Center Director works closely with trans and non-binary students to find resources that best support them, from advocacy with faculty and staff to finding social resources off campus in the Medford/Somerville and Boston area.

What does the LGBT Center Director do?

The LGBT Center Director works to assesses and improve campus climate for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff, working across departments and offices including Residential Life and Learning, Student Information Systems, Counseling and Mental Health Service and Health Service, Admission, Facilities, Academic Advising, the Registrar, and the Career Center. The Director also counsels students, faculty, and staff in conceptualizing and executing academic, social, community, and policy building.