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University of San Diego's LGBTQ Resources

Rainbow Educators

A program of the United Front Multicultural Center, the Rainbow Educators (REs) are students, staff, administrators, alumni/ae, and faculty who present workshops on sexual orientation and other diversity issues.

Adan Sanchez

Safe Space Allies

The Safe Space Allies Network is a group of students, staff, administrators, and faculty who receive training from the Rainbow Educators to demonstrate USD’s Core Values of respect for all – regardless of sexual orientation or other identity. Safe Space Allies display a placard indicating their participation in the network.

Adan Sanchez

Discussion Group

Co-sponsored with PRIDE, the Discussion Group is a group of LGBTQ and ally students who meet for informal conversation every other week during the academic year.

Dr. Melissa Halter

Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

This list is compiled by the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

Dr. Carlton Floyd

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is expertly trained and available for students to discuss any concerns confidentially, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.

Dr. Steve Sprinkle

Career Services: Diversity Resources

Career Services has compiled a resource section to assist the diverse workforce graduating from USD every year; included are resources for the LGBTQ community.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety partners with the campus community to provide a safe and secure environment and is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect.

Chief Larry Barnett
Non-Emergency: 619-260-7777
Emergency: 619-260-2222

Public Safety: Acts of Intolerance

At USD, an act of intolerance is defined as behavior that unfairly targets a group or individual due to one or more of the following actual or perceived traits: (1) gender or gender identity; (2) race or ethnicity; (3) disability; (4) religion; (5) sexual orientation; (6) nationality; or (7) age. Some acts of intolerance may meet the definition of a hate crime.

To report acts of intolerance:

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center provides educational and leadership resources on gender-related issues for women and men in the USD community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.

Erin Lovette-Colyer

USD Closet Project

The USD Closet Project is a message board where students can anonymously post questions and dialogue about sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression in the USD community. It is moderated by USD students.

LGBTQ Action Group

Sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence, the LGBTQ Action Group meets regularly to discuss the relationship of USD’s Mission and Values to inclusion of the LGBTQ and ally community on campus.

Dr. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch


USD PRIDE Law works in the Law School to promote diversity in the legal field, and create an accepting environment for LGBT law students.

LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association

Sponsored by the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the LGBTQ Employee Group meets periodically for networking. Membership is confidential.

Dr. Lori Watson

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor that studies culturally acquired sexual identities. Some courses focus on LGBTQ issues and the study of sexualities.

Dr. Lori Watson

"I’m doing my very best to represent the GLBT community and let the broader community see a gay man in elected office hopefully serving with honor. That’s the same approach I try to take to it, but it’s a huge responsibility and a great honor. " - Todd Gloria, City Council member District 3, Alumni ‘00