This page includes information and resources relevant to everyone at, or considering joining, DU. Use the tabs above to access resources for particular affiliations.
National ratings and networks
DU participates in several national measures of campus LGBT-friendliness and networks for improvement, including:
- a 3.5/5 stars on the Campus Climate Index
- 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). The following organizations and working groups are for any DU affiliates, and are listed alphabetically.
Where other contact details are not stated, please contact CME for additional information or to suggest an additional LGBTIQ&A-serving campus organization.
- Trans/Allies: This working group of students, faculty and staff focuses on implementing DU's gender identity and expression non-discrimination policy, by working on ways to make university procedures, practices and climate more inclusive for transgender, intersex and other gender non-conforming peoples. Examples include advocating for additional gender neutral restrooms on campus, streamlining campus procedures for recognizing gender self-identification, and ensuring equitable healthcare coverage. We have focused working groups to research specific areas for improvements; and are looking for interested folks of any identity to work on, take lead on and/or provide connections/ideas for particular items.
- TransNetwork: CME is supporting the formation of a social and support network on campus for those identifying as transgender, genderqueer or otherwise gender variant. (Allies are invited to participate in the TransAllies group above!) We have a trans* identified volunteer convener, and will help the group determine its own name, specific purposes, gatherings, etc. Watch our calendar for next gatherings, and/or email CME LGBTIQ&A Services with interest. (We won't share names or contact info, but will keep you informed to be as involved as you like.)
DU has a small, but vocal and growing community of transgender, genderqueer, gender variant and ally students, employees and alumns. In addition to the two working groups above, currently available DU resources include:
- Trans* On Campus Student Summary (PDF) DRAFT, providing a quick overview for navigating campus activities, while we work on our larger Guide.
- campus all-gender bathroom list (interactive online or PDF)
- The DU GSPP Professional Psychology Clinic offers sliding scale fee individual and group counseling for those exploring or engaging in gender transition
- Resources for Families/Parents of Transgender/Gender Variant Youth - a PDF compilation of readings and local support organizations
Of particular off-campus interest, are the Gender Identity Center of Colorado and the Transgender Programs at the GLBT Center of Colorado, both of which have a number of DU connections in staff, volunteers and participants.
In addition to adding weblinks and downloadable resources to this website, we are also working on a Trans* Guide to Campus; and CME staff are available to assist with information on and advocacy with DU institutional policies and procedures.
Please contact CME's LGBTIQ&A Services with resource requests/suggestions and/or for a private consultation.
Parents & Families
Loved ones can be a critical part of questioning, out and ally students' 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 Relations,
- 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.