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Clark University values and supports its LGBTQIA+ community members — students, faculty, and staff. On this page, you will find information and resources to help you navigate your Clark experience, on campus and beyond. Stay tuned for more information regarding future programming and other initiatives.

University Policies

RLH Gender-Inclusive Policy

All students in University housing may select to live with a roommate of a different gender in accordance with the gender-inclusive housing policy.  Additionally, all gendered spaces are assigned based on students’ self-identified gender.

Want to know more? Contact Drew Melendez, Assistant Director of Housing Operations, at DMelendez@clarku.edu.

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Gender-Neutral Bathroom List

View a list of gender-neutral bathrooms on Clark’s campus. The Gender-Neutral Bathroom (GNB) Project s spearheaded by Oliver McCormick ’24, the founder and president of Queer Students for Education and Liberation (QSEL).

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Name Change Process

Clark recognizes that some community members wish to use a first name other than a legal first name to identify themselves. We will display a preferred first name in place of your legal first name in many, but not all, internal systems and reports.

Update Your Preferred First Name

Student Groups

QTSOC (Queer and Trans Students of Color)

QTSOC supports students in exploring the intersectionality in their lives with a particular focus on race, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Some examples of activities include discussing power and privilege through current events or the Clark context; identifying resources, community members, and events that allow support; story sharing to build community; and learning about our histories. Contact aa_ace@clarku.edu for more information.

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Prism

Prism serves the lesbian, gay, transgender, intersex, and queer students of Clark University and their partners. Prism members are dedicated to improving support and awareness in both the Clark community and all over the globe, holding events throughout the school year such as Coming Out Stories, Pride Prom, and our Week of Awareness. Community-building is central to our group, and we serve as a resource center with information, a queer library, clothing swap, and a binder exchange.

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Interested in career resources for LGBTQIA+ students?

Stories of LGBTQIA+ Community and Research at Clark

Third pride rainbow flag

Clark Holds Lavender Celebration

Class of 2021 Senior Week activities include Clark’s second annual Lavender Celebration

Panelists for discussion of transgender media

The State of Transgender Media

Higgins School event includes nationally renowned guests for panel discussion on present and future state of transgender media

William Koelsch speaks to an attendee of

Bill Koelsch recalls his youth, and his truth

Professor emeritus discusses his journey as a gay man in the 1950s, ’60s

Abbie Goldberg

First-of-its-kind trans studies encyclopedia

Professor Goldberg’s work takes interdisciplinary, intersectional approach

Robert Tobin with key to the city of Worcester

Robert Tobin awarded Key to the City of Worcester

Professor honored for preserving stories of ‘marginalized and unrecognized’ communities

Elizabeth Blake

Exploring the meanings of modernism

Professor Elizabeth Blake’s research and teaching focuses on modernism, also specializes in food, gender, and sexuality studies

LGBTQIA+ parade in Worcester

Local Partners

Queer Coalition for Greater Worcester

Founded by Love Your Labels, the Queer Coalition for Greater Worcester represents the best interests of the LGBTQIA+ community and recognizes the need for support, visibility, and representation for queer and trans people to realize a vision for the region that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous.

History and Design of Pride Flags

Original Rainbow Flag

First unfurled at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978, the flag was designed by Gilbert Baker.

Progress Pride Flag

Designed in 2018 by Daniel Quasar, a five-colored chevron places a greater emphasis on inclusion and progression.

Intersex-Inclusive Pride Flag

Created by media personality Valentino Vecchietti, this flag includes yellow and purple to represent intersex communities.

Jonas Clark hall with pride flag overlay

Celebrate Pride

Join the Clark community in celebrating Pride throughout the year! Download virtual backgrounds or pick a frame to add to your social media profile.

Contact Information

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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