QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: How do I join an
INVOLVEMENT AND CONNECTION TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Becoming a member of a student organization, attending events, or becoming a
student leader gives you an opportunity to meet new people, learn more about
yourself, and develop leadership and organizational skills that will help you
succeed after college. The UMCP LGBTQ community offers many opportunities to
engage with others.
Q: Where do I find the
LGBTQ community on campus?
A: Community is found all around campus. Also, by attending a lecture, event,
presentation or discussion on the LGBTQ community you may be able to meet other
members of the community. University of Maryland offers classes in Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies that are available for students to
register for. Also, there are several
events such as Quelcome (formerly Lavender Convocation) and Queer Camp that are
a great place to start. For more information, follow UMD MICA on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter.
A: Each student organization has different membership processes, but none are
difficult. Each organization should offer a membership application, or a way to
sign up to a listserv or mailing list. Student organizations have a
constitution located in the Student Involvement Suite in the Stamp Student
Union that indicates how one becomes a member of an organization. Check with
any organization’s executive board member on how to join. LGBT-based
organizations are open to the public and do not discriminate. In fact, many
enjoy a diverse membership.
Q: What are the biggest events I should attend on campus?
A: There are so many things to do on campus, and we probably cannot fit all of
it in one handbook. But, to get you started, the following is a small list of
events that are the most visible and widely known events that take place
throughout the year.
Career & Job Fairs - www.careercenter.umd.edu
Maryland Day - www.marylandday.umd.edu
Homecoming - www.homecoming.umd.edu
Quelcome - http://www.umd.edu/lgbt/lavconvo.html
Camp - https://www.facebook.com/equitycenter
Welcome - http://omse.umd.edu/omse-unity-welcome.html
Look Fair - www.thestamp.umd.edu/firstlookfair
Art Attack - www.see.umd.edu
The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the largest universities in
the area. Knowing where to go and what’s out there may be challenging. Here is
some information that can help you get to know your campus.
Q: Do I have to live on
A: No, you do not have to. UMCP offers a variety of services for those who live
on campus and those who do not. Large portions of students commute from various
places outside campus who live with their families or rent as well. There are
offices and services that can help you stay connected to what is going on
campus. Subscribing to mailing lists, reading publications, and staying
connected with organizations, faculty and staff can be an effective way to know
what is happening and housing options.
Involvement - www.thestamp.umd.edu/offcampus
Department of Resident Life -
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Q: Are there classes
about the LGBT community at UMCP?
A: Yes, University of Maryland has a LGBT studies program that has a variety of
classes that you can take.
Studies - http://www.lgbts.umd.edu/
Q: How can I know what
is going on if I work when not in school?
A: Well, becoming an active member of a student organization can help. Also reading student publications, being
active on social media and checking the university website regularly can be
Q: Are there offices
that support LGBTQ students?
A: The two primary support offices are the Office for Multicultural Student
Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) and the LGBT Equity Center. Some
colleges have an office or department that serves identity-based populations,
such as SmithOUT. For those who are questioning or exploring their sexuality,
contact the Office of LGBT Equity.
LGBT Equity: http://www.umd.edu/lgbt/