This page includes information and resources relevant to everyone at, or considering joining, DU. Use the tabs above to access resources for particular affiliations and identities.
National ratings and networks
DU participates in several national measures of campus LGBT-friendliness and networks for improvement, including:
- a 2.5/5 stars on the Campus Climate Index (Our score"dropped" in 2015, when CCI was updated to include more trans-specific criteria; some DU changes in 2017 will improve our services and score)
- one of the first listings on TONI, a school search resources for trans-identified students
- a member institution of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Professionals
The University of Denver prohibits discrimination based a person's race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or veteran status. The full policy, and complaint procedures, are housed on the Office of Equal Opportunity website.
Having sexual orientation (since 1995) and both gender identity and gender expression (since 2007) places DU among only ~8% of US college and universities to have all three protections explicitly stated. DU has also offered some form of domestic partner employee benefits since 1997.
Queer & Ally ("Q&A") Training
Similar to "SafeZone" programs at various campuses around the nation, Q&A Training provides interactive workshops to campus organizations, offices and informal groups to increase awareness and inclusion of peoples of all sexual orientations and gender identities/ expressions. Participants who complete both levels 1 & 2 within a twelve month period can join the Q&A Network, declaring their support for sexual orientation and gender equity, and serving as resources for people across the campus. See details on this personal and professional development opportunity.
QDigest E-newsletter (Weekly on Fridays)
To help our communities stay informed about campus and community events, issues and opportunities, we compile and email a digest of FYIs each Friday morning. Self-subscribe to this private and low-volume listserv. Brief text submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One clear theme in feedback from DU's LGBTIQ & Ally communities is a need for purely social time--opportunities to just be together, without a specific task or educational outcome. Recognizing the importance of this community-building and -maintaining process, we always welcome suggestions for and help in coordinating an ongoing series of low-key, low/no-cost social activities. Past events have included a Queer Coffee Hour at Kaladi's, a trip to see Milk at the Mayan Theatre, a "viewer's choice" movie night at Hillel, and attendance at local athletic events.
See the CME online calendar, LGBTIQ&A Services Facebook page and/or the groups below for upcoming events, including the annual Summer Social Series. If you are interested in helping organize one (or more) of these simple socials, please contact CME.
For student, employee and/or alumn-specific groups, see those respective pages (via tabs above).
We also have two groups focused on Trans communities, and gender identity/expression equity; follow the Trans tab.
Parents & Families
Loved ones can be a critical part of questioning, out and ally students' (and employee) experiences. Whether to suggest campus resources for you or your child/sibling, or to discuss with staff how you can better support your student, the following DU offices can help:
- CME's LGBTIQ&A Services,
- Parent & Family Engagement,
- University Chaplain,
- Health & Counseling Center staff, among other campus resources.
Whether in your home community and/or on the national level, there are also additional resources, including:
- PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays),
- CenterLink (LGBT Community Centers network),
- and/or check our community resources page for other inter/national connections.
Our Trans page also includes some resources for family of trans, genderqueer and gender variant loved ones.