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LGBTQA Student Services

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Services at DePaul University exists to promote, foster and support a campus environment that is inclusive of people from all sexualities and gender identities. This mission is achieved through a range of services, educational programs and community building events that reflect the needs and interests of the diverse LGBTQA communities at DePaul.​

Workshops: Safe Zone | Trans in the Classroom | and more

Use the Safe Zone and Trans in the Classroom online form to sign up for one of the below workshops.

Safe Zone Program

Safe Zone is an ongoing program open to any DePaul students, staff, and faculty who are interested in being allies to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities. Set workshops are offered throughout the year and are open to anyone who is interested in attending. The workshop is 3 hours in length. In addition to these dates, sessions are available for offices, departments and student organizations by request.

  • Safe Zone: Thursday, October 6, 1-4PM – Lincoln Park - LPSC 380
  • Safe Zone: Wednesday, December 7, 9-noon – Loop – DePaul Center 11013
  • Safe Zone: Friday, March 3, 1-4PM – Loop – DePaul Center 11013
  • Safe Zone: Wednesday, June 14, 1-4PM – Lincoln Park LPSC 325

Trans in the Classroom (lunch will be provided)

This interactive lunchtime workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students to learn about being allies to transgender people in the classroom.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 11:20-12:50 - LPSC 220
  • Wednesday, April 5, 11:20-12:50 - LPSC 314B

In addition to the set dates above, workshops are available for groups/organizations by request. Please contact the LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator, Katy Weseman ( to arrange a workshop at another time.

Educational Workshops

In addition to the Safe Zone Program, the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change provides LGBTQA, gender and sexuality focused workshops of varying lengths for organizations, offices, and departments. If you are interested in a LGBTQA focused workshop other than Safe Zone, please complete a Diversity Workshops request form

Programs and Services

Queer Peers Mentor Program

Queer Peers is a program that connects current DePaul students with newly enrolled or newly out students. The mentor relationship lasts the duration of the academic year and takes the form of monthly meetings, peer support, and community engagement. Mentor applications are available every spring and mentee forms are available in the summer/fall. Please conctact Katy Weseman ( with any questions.

LGBTQA Programming

LGBTQA themed educational and social events are held throughout the year, with several signature events in the spring quarter. Each academic year culminates in a Lavender Graduation and Stonewall Awards program celebrating graduating LGBTQA students and other members of DePaul’s LGBTQA communities. Check the LGBTQA Student Services Facebook page for information about events.

Support and Consultation

The LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator is available to meet with students and provide support on a variety of topics. LGBTQA Student Services also provides referrals to other offices and organizations, both on campus and off campus, as needed. Please contact the Coordinator at to arrange an appointment or for more information.


LGBTQA Student Services works closely with the LGBTQA focused student organizations at DePaul, with the LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator serving as the staff advisor to these groups. Please see the resources tab for more information about these student organizations.


A collection of LGBTQA books, magazines and DVDs are available for checkout by DePaul students, faculty and staff. Visit our LibraryThing profile,, to view all of the titles in our library.

Study and Meeting Space

LGBTQA Student Services is part of the Center for Intercultural Programs, located on the first floor of the Lincoln Park Student Center in suite 105. This location includes lounge space, a computer lab, a conference room and library. Students are welcome to use the space for meetings, to hang out with with friends and gather more information about upcoming events.

LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Network

DePaul’s LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network exists to support LGBTQ faculty and staff at the University. The network aims to foster community, advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals, and serve as a resource for all faculty and staff. The Network is open to any self-selected DePaul University faculty or staff person interested in affirming and acting in alliance with the LGBTQ community.

Student Organizations

​​Act OUT

Act OUT is an LGBTQA activist organization at DePaul. The organization meets weekly to discuss current issues facing the LGBTQA community in Chicago and beyond. During meetings, members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activism. Act OUT also engages in the Chicago community by volunteering with Queer organizations throughout the city.

Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul

Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul is a student organization that seeks to unite and provide a social space for individuals at DePaul University who identify as queer people of color. QPOC was developed with the guidance of LGBTQA Student Services recognizing that it is important to address the multiple intersecting identities that queer people of color possess. Meetings will consist of members sharing experiences through informal conversations, film screenings, and community building exercises.QPOC DePaul welcomes people from all backgrounds with an interest in learning about minority identities and backgrounds with an open mind.

Spectrum DePaul

​​Spectrum is a LGBTQA student organization at DePaul. Weekly meetings provide a range of activities: discussions about current issues in the LGBTQA community, guest speakers, off-campus events and more! Spectrum DePaul focuses on community advocacy and networking. Spectrum is a safe space for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff of DePaul University to learn more about themselves and others. Spectrum's purpose is two-fold: To promote socialization among students with common interests in a fun and safe atmosphere. And to explore the multicultural issues pertinent and specific to the LGBTQA community, specifically including the marginalized groups such as communities of color, lower economic communities, women, transgender, transsexual, gender fluid, intersex, and asexual people. Spectrum is an outlet to engage in political and social activism in order to heighten awareness of LGBTQ issues on DePaul's campuses and in the surrounding areas.

Trans*(formation) DePaul
Trans*(formation) DePaul aims to raise awareness of gender variance outside the standard male/female binary while actively engaging with other organizations and the university to promote conversation and understanding of alternative gender identities. Through this discussion, Trans*(formation) aims to create a larger community of acceptance and social change at DePaul. This group is moving away from a traditional weekly meeting structure, please contact the above email address for more information about getting involved.

Resources for Victims & Survivors of Oppression, Assault and Violence

Please use the below DePaul resources if you are experiencing or have experienced oppression, assault, or violence. You can always contact LGBTQA Student Services,, for support and resources as well.

Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention (Office of Health Promotion and Wellness)
Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Suite 302

Public Safety 

Lincoln Park Campus 
Centennial Hall
2345 N. Sheffield, Suite 304

Loop Campus
Lewis Center
25 E. Jackson

Dean of Students Office Park Campus

Lincoln Park Student Center 
2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite 307 

Loop Campus
DePaul Center 
1 E. Jackson Blvd, Rm 11001 

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

14 E. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 800 
Chicago, IL 60604 

Human Resources

55 East Jackson, 8th Floor

Resources for LGBTQ Victims & Survivors of Sexual Assault (outside of DePaul)

Trans, Non-binary, Asexual and Bisexual Resources

Gender Inclusive Restrooms at DePaul

Personal Information Change at DePaul (including name and gender)

  • If you have not undergone a legal name change, or are in the middle of the legal name change process:

    1. You can abbreviate your name to a first initial in DePaul’s systems without a government-issued document. Follow the Personal Information Change link to abbreviate your name to a first initial. For the documentation field, provide current valid identification.

    2. You can also elect to add a preferred name to your Campus Connect profile. The preferred name applies to first name only and will be utilized in most university's information systems including Campus Connect pages, Class Roster, D2L and Directory Information. For more information, please see the Preferred Name information page. To add a preferred name in Campus Connect at the following location: Campus Connect > Student Center > Personal Information > Names.

  • If you have not undergone a legal gender marker change, you can change your gender marker to "unspecified" in DePaul systems, using the Personal Information Change link. For the documentation field, provide current valid identification.

  • If you have undergone a legal name and/or gender marker change, you can change your primary/legal name and/or gender marker via the Personal Information Change link as well. Updated identification is required.

  • Name change in OrgSync

    1. Log onto and login using your Campus Connect username and password

    2. Click on the gears symbol in the top right corner and select “Manage Account”

    3. You can change your first name to your preferred name and that will be reflected throughout the rest of the website.

Gender? Discussion Group

  • Gender? is a weekly discussion group for DePaul students who would like to discuss gender and build community in a trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming focused space. The group is open throughout the year. Please email for meeting days and times.

Trans*(formation) DePaul

Trans-focused resource websites

Genderqueer/Non-binary gender identities

  • Genderqueer Identities

  • Trans Student Educational Resources

  • Asexual resources

    Bisexual resources

    Coming Out in the Workplace

    Workplace discrimination is a significant issue faced by the LGBTQ community. When applying for jobs and considering potential employers, there are many things for LGBTQ people to consider. In the United States, each state has separate legislation regarding LGBTQ people and workplace discrimination. Some states do not have any protections where others have passed anti-discrimination legislation protecting only sexual orientation and still others include both sexual orientation and gender identity. Differentiating the states that have full protection from those that have no anti-discrimination laws in place is made easier with maps and charts that break down the laws for each state and explain in simple terms. The Movement Advancing Project features an interactive map delineating these differences on its website:

    Testing the Inclusive Climate of a Potential Workplace

    Below are several areas to investigate that will allow you to get a sense of how LGBTQ-inclusive a potential employer is:

    • Does this employer/company have health insurance coverage that is supportive of LGBTQ people? Does that coverage extend to same-sex spouses, partners, etc? Does that coverage include resources for transgender people who are transitioning?
    • Does this company have a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity? Even if the state you are in does not have protective legislation, individual companies/organizations may have inclusive policies.
    • Is there an "employee resource" or "affinity" group that focuses on LGBTQ issues?

    When do I come out in the job application process? 

    Whether in your resume or in the job interview itself, the decision of when and/or whether to come out in the job search process is one that often raises a lot of anxiety and questions. Should I say anything about my sexual orientation/gender identity? If so, when? How could I come out without taking away from the focus of the interview?

    Coming Out on a Resume

    If you choose to use your resume as a platform for disclosing your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, there are several ways that you can do so. One of the easiest is to highlight how you have served the LGBTQ community, either in the workplace, through volunteer work, or in academia.

    • The key to coming out in your resume is using whatever experiences you have with the LGBTQ community to highlight your skills and abilities.
    • Focus on including transferable skills so that no matter where your experience comes from, your new potential employer can see how your skills will fit into their workplace.
    • An example would be including service to a campus LGBTQ group as a way of learning time management, multi-tasking, and event planning.
    • From the perspective of a potential employer, serving the LGBTQ community does not necessary mean that you yourself are a member of that community.

    Coming Out in the Interview

    When it comes to the interview itself, you are faced with a whole new set of options and many of them change depending on if you have already alluded to your connection to the LGBTQ community. Some examples of how to bring up the topic during an interview include:

    • Tie your past experiences in with your unique skill set and present that to the interviewer (i.e. "While I was involved with my school’s LGBTQ group I was able to cultivate my ability to multi-task while learning valuable time management skills").
    • When given the chance to ask questions of your own, ask your interviewer if the company/organization has a group that focuses on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees and if you could be a part of it if such a group exists.
    • If you are applying for a position that includes benefits, ask if the benefits package is inclusive of LGBTQ people/families.

    Resources for Transgender Individuals 

    In the interactive map referenced above, one of the features allows for people to see which states include anti-discrimination laws that protect not only sexual orientation, but also gender identity. The two are often confused, but the difference between them is an important one because transgender individuals are often faced with separate list of issues and questions that are unique from those faced by people discriminated against based on sexual orientation.

    While there are more complex answers to many of these questions, here is a quick overview of some of the common questions for people who are interested in transitioning and transgender issues in the workplace.​

    • If I have changed my name, which name should I use on my resume? Can I include job experiences that I obtained under my birth name?

      Often this decision comes down to where in the transition and legal name change process someone is. The name you decide to use in the process is up to you, but be aware that some jobs require background or reference checks and in those situations the name you give needs to match your legal records.

    • Does the organization/employer’s health benefits package include gender-affirming coverage?

      If you are interested in medical transition, this is an important question to ask or research when looking at a potential employer. Many insurance packages do not cover gender-affirming procedures, i.e. hormones and/or surgeries. Some packages do, but will only cover certain aspects of the transitioning process, making it that much more important to ask what would be covered if you worked for that company.

    These are only two of the common questions that arise for transgender individuals when looking at potential employers. Below are links to two organizations that have compiled court cases, legal answers, and general advice designed to help transgender individuals navigate the application process and understand their legal rights in the workplace:​​

    Contact LGBTQA Student Services

    Mailing Address:

    LGBTQA Student Services
    2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Suite 105
    Chicago, IL 60614-3673

    Phone, Fax, & Email:

    773.325.4607 (phone)
    773.325.7739 (fax)


    LGBTQA Student Services is part of the Center for Intercultural Programs, located on the first floor of the Lincoln Park Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite 105). The LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator is also available to meet with students in the Loop. Please contact  to set up an appointment in the Loop.


    Monday thru Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and some after hours programming​​.