University of Vermont


Get Involved

Group of Rainbow GraduatesUVM has many different opportunities for LGBTQA people to make connections and build community. We have everything from social groups, to activist organizations, to support groups. If you'd like to get involved, check out our list of opportunities below.

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Groups on campus

UVM has a wide variety of groups for LGBTQA students, ranging from social get-togethers, to activism, to support groups. Some of these groups are listed below:

Free To Be

UVM's LGBTQA student alliance, entirely student run and recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA). Free To Be's mission is "to actively work on creating a safe space for people of all sexualities, gender identities, and individualities within ourselves and the GLBTA and UVM communities. The club welcomes everyone who is interested and has many members who are allies. It is active throughout the year, with events drawing anywhere from 40 to 300 people. Contact:

Hearts Not Parts

Hearts Not Parts is a bisexual/pansexual/ally group. Meetings are relaxed; ranging from informal discussions to fun games. Contact:

QPOC (Queer People of Color)

QPOC is a group for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Vermont who identify as queer people of color. QPOC was developed with the guidance of both the LGBTQA Center and the ALANA Student Center, recognizing that it is crucial to address the intersections of identities that this group inherently possesses. This group serves as a way to openly engage in dialogues around what it means to be both queer and a person of color. The intersection of race and sexual identity is openly addressed through dialogues, film screenings, and informal conversations. QPOC ultimately serves as an outlet for queer people of color to come together several times a semester and develop a strong community at UVM. Contact:

Guy Talk

Guy Talk is a social group for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender men to talk about issues around their male identity. Contact:

LGBTQA Peer Network

Interested in building your leadership skills? Want to help build connections for the LGBTQ community on campus? Would you like to learn more about helping other LGBTQ students? Become part of a peer support network! The LGBTQA Center has created this group with the purpose of providing a supportive network of students assisting other students who may have difficulties on campus centering on LGBTQ concerns. There will be discussion of various resources and how students may help fellow students. The group also hopes to provide a supportive community network for those students involved in these trainings and create richer, more meaningful connections among LGBTQ students at UVM. The peer network meets for six one hour meetings in the LGBTQA Center Student Lounge (Allen House 100). Topics may include an introduction to queer UVM, resources, empathy building, coming out and community, intersections of LGBTQ experiences, suicide, self-harm, relationship violence, substance abuse, helping others, finding connections, and/or other student interest topics. What are the important conversations for you on our campus and within our community? Contact or stop by.


The student group LGBTQuiet is a safe space for the LGBTQ community to meet and talk about issues regarding their sexuality, gender identity, and life in general. This group is for people of all LGBTQ* identities and in different stages of the coming out process. The mission of LGBTQuiet is to let people know that they are not alone and they don't have to shout out their identity to the whole campus if they are not ready for that. It is still important to have a supportive community to go to discuss issues regarding sexuality and gender identity. Contact for time and location.

Cooperative Christian Ministries

The Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM welcomes all as it strives to help build spiritual community; create safe and engaging environments for reflection, discussion, and action; plan and participate in opportunities that promote the connections between spiritual journeying and social justice making. CCM@UVM is dedicated to serving as a stimulus for the spiritual journey of UVM's students, staff, administration, and faculty and is a voice of conscience within the unversity community. CCM welcomes people of all genders, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, ages, religions, and ablebodiedness. Contact:

CAPS Gay Men's Group

Too many gay men know the consequences of feeling alienated and alone at UVM experiencing isolation, depression, sadness, and despair (even within the queer community). This group will offer opportunities for support and personal growth and particular attention to specific issues related to being male and gay. The group meets Tuesdays 4:30-6PM, in the Wright Hall CAPS office.
Run by: Michael Upton, M.D., John Grogan, LCMHC

College of Medicine Gay Straight Alliance (COMGSA)

If you're a medical student at UVM, you may be interested in the College of Medicine's GSA. The purpose of the College of Medicine Gay Straight Alliance is to foster a nurturing and supportive environment for transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, and ally students, and to ensure all students have the skills and resources to become skilled health care providers for people of all genders and sexual orientations. To contact COMGSA, the best method is via their listserv, but you can also contact Laura Griesinger or Matt Lin if you don't feel comfortable emailing a list.

Advocacy On-Campus

Work for the LGBTQA Center

The LGBTQA Center hires several work-study students at the beginning of each academic year to support us in achieving our mission. If you have a work study award and are interested in working with the diverse members of UVM'S LGBTQA community, we'd love to employ you! Previous opportunities have included events planning, research projects, office support, and website maintenance. If you're interested in applying, contact us for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the LGBTQA Center@UVM

We need volunteers to help us put on our signature events (the Welcome Back BBQ, Home For The Holidays, and LGBTQAwards & Rainbow Graduation). If you're interested in volunteering, fill out our volunteer form.

Volunteer for TIC

The Translating Identity Conference (TIC) is a free student-organized conference which explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. It has operated since 2003 and is UVM's largest student-organized conference. TIC is always looking for volunteers to help with each year's conference. If you're interested in helping out, contact the TIC committee.

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