The Center for Belonging and Social Change’s LGBTQ Initiatives supports and advocates for the unique academic and social needs of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and any others with a marginalized sexual orientation, romantic orientation, and/or gender identity (LGBTQIA+) across Ohio State.
We nurture reflective thought and provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all members of campus to explore issues related to sexual and gender identity, learn more about LGBTQIA+ communities, and engage students in meaningful experiences that promote allyship and inclusion.
For additional information about programs services, please contact Ari Grubaugh.
Welcome (Back) Mix and Mingle (August)
LGBTQ History Month (October)
National Coming Out Day (October)
Trans Awareness and Empowerment Week (November)
HoliGay Celebration (December)
Transgender Day of Visibility (March)
Gaypril Gayla (April)
One University, One Pride (June)
LGBTQ*mmunity: a weekly community group for LGBTQ+ students at Ohio State.
LGBTQ Leaders' Consortium: an opportunity for LGBTQ+ student organization leaders to connect and collaborate.
Note: These gatherings are not an appropriate forum to fulfill requirements for academic programs or classes (such as for projects, papers, or graduation requirements), student requirements (such as for First Year Success Series or STEP Professional Development Co-Curriculars), nor for Standards of Excellence requirements from Sorority and Fraternity Life. To find a program that could work for such requirements, check out our calendar for anything with a title followed by DICE.
The LGBTQ at OSU website (lgbtq.osu.edu) is Ohio State’s one-stop resource for LGBTQ+ Buckeyes and allies. Resources include:
- A list of gender inclusive bathrooms on campus
Ohio State’s Preferred Name Policy
- Instructions for legal name and legal sex marker changes
Displaying pronouns on CarmenCanvas, CarmenZoom, and Workday
QTPOC at OSU resources
Trans at OSU resources
- Know Your Rights resources
The Center for Belonging and Social Change offers workshops related to LGBTQ identities. Open sessions of the below workshops are scheduled throughout the year. For information on open sessions, check out our event calendar. All LGBTQ workshops are eligible for DICE program credit.
Workshops are also available to groups of ten or more by request during the academic year. To request a workshop, please complete the Workshop Request Form at least four weeks in advance of your requested workshop date. Please note that all workshop requests are dependent on staff availability.
LGBTQ 101 (1 hour)
This 1-hour workshop provides an overview of LGBTQ identities, terminology, and history. LGBTQ 101 is open to students, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about the LGBTQ+ community. This workshop is eligible for 1 DICE credit.
Pronouns 101 (1 hour)
Pronouns 101 provides an overview of pronouns and their correct usage, including the use of neo-pronouns, and discusses the importance of normalizing the practice of sharing pronouns. This 1 hour workshop is recommended for students, faculty, and staff who want to learn more about respectful pronoun usage. This workshop is eligible for 1 DICE credit.
Trans 101 (1.5 hours)
This workshop explores best practices for engaging with and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students and communities at The Ohio State University. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this 1-hour and 30-minute presentation, participants will gain a greater understanding of transgender identities and the systems of oppression that affect their community, as well as strategies for creating gender inclusive spaces. This workshop is eligible for 1 DICE credit.
Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Classrooms (2 hours)
The Center for Belonging and Social Change offers this workshop to facilitate faculty, staff, and GTAs in creating more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. This 2-hour presentation focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in settings of higher education, as well as strategies for navigating challenging conversations and interrupting bias. This workshop is eligible for 2 DICE credits.
Safe Zone (2.5 hours)
Safe Zone aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This 2.5-hour workshop is recommended for faculty, staff and students. Through this workshop, participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ identities and the systems of oppression that affect the community, (2) learn tools for incorporating LGBTQ-inclusive practices into your daily life, and (3) strengthen their skills in recognizing and interrupting anti-LGBTQ bias. Those who attend the entire workshop (2.5 hours) will receive a "Safe Zone Trained" sticker to display. This workshop is eligible for 2 DICE credits.