Who are we?
Sexuality & Gender Inclusion (SGI) within the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) at the College of Wooster works with all members of the community to ensure an inclusive and affirming living and learning environment for all gender identities, gender expressions, romantic and sexual orientations.
We work closely with all branches within the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), the International Student Services (ISS), and Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) to provide educational, social, cultural, and academic opportunities. SGI works to address the ways in which sexuality and gender intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, ability, religious, and all identities.
There are many ways to get involved at the College of Wooster, such as our many student organizations or other program that partner with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. You can help create a climate free of transphobia, cissexism, homophobia, heterosexism, misogyny, sexism, and be a part of an affirming and inclusive community. Listed below are some that connect to the Sexuality and Gender Inclusion branch.
Safe Zone Practicum (IDTP 405)
The Safe Zone practicum is a 0.5 credit course that prepares students to facilitate Safe Zone training workshops on LGBTQIA+ identities and communities, while also assisting in creating content for the training. There are great opportunities to develop new 200 level trainings each semester. Consider joining us!
The College of Wooster offers several support groups for students with LGBTQIA+ identities, who are wanting to discuss their own sexuality and gender in order to create connection with peers of similar identities and experiences. These support groups are hosted on a weekly basis and follow a structured format that incorporates principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based theories
Over the RainboWoo
Over the RainboWoo is a welcome reception for LGBTQIA+ and Ally students. It is held during the first full week of classes during the Fall Semester.
Gender & SexualiTea
Gender & SexualiTea is a an ongoing monthly series open to the entire campus community as a dialogue around issues of sexuality, gender, and their intersections, featuring a different topic each month. All attendees can help themselves to tea and snacks.
Crafternoons are a monthly series of facilitated crafting events open to all LGBTQIA+ and ally students. These are low-pressure events, all attendees are welcome to come and go as they please. Materials are available for pick up a week in advance for students studying on campus.
LGBTQIA+ History Month
LGBTQIA+ History Month is celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. National Coming Out Day (October 11th) and the March on Washington in 1979 are commemorated in the LGBTQIA+ community during LGBTQIA+ History Month.
LGBTQIA+ Pride Week
Each spring CDI celebrates Pride Week, highlighting our LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival and other various events.
Lavender Celebration is an affirming ceremony that honors our graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) and ally students.
The John Plummer Memorial Scholarship for Promoting a Welcoming Campus for LGBTQ People was established in 2008 in memory of John Plummer, a longtime comptroller in the Wooster Business Office and mentor to the Wooster lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) student community. Plummer, one of the few openly gay persons on campus, served as a lifeline to many in Wooster’s gay student community and was an ardent advocate for a more inclusive and respectful Wooster campus.
After Plummer’s death in 2006, Hans Johnson, a 1992 graduate, and friend of Plummer became the guiding force in the creation of the scholarship. The scholarship is conferred on a sophomore, junior, or senior student, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, each year in the fall based on the recommendation of a small advisory committee.