LGBTQIA Life

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with numerous campus and community partners, supports ongoing programs and initiatives that celebrate and support the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual-identified individuals. For more information about LGBTQIA support and resources at Wofford or in the Spartanburg community, consult the resources below and/or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Wofford resources

LGBTerriers:
Wofford’s student organization for LGBTQIA-identified students and their allies, LGBTerriers hosts meetings and programs throughout the academic year. Visit the organization at the fall semester interest fair to sign up for emails and updates.

Ally training:
Wofford has offered LGBTQIA ally training since 2012. These training sessions educate students, faculty and staff on issues facing LGBTQIA-identified individuals and provide valuable next-steps on ways to be more inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQIA community. During the 2017-18 academic year, more than 40 faculty and staff members participated in ally training. To schedule a training session, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Pride Month:
In April 2018, Wofford held its inaugural Pride Month celebration. Events included an LGBTQIA alumni panel and reception, an LGBTQIA Ally Training led by experts for Wofford faculty and staff, community conversation on the queer experience at Wofford and much more.

Office of Residence Life: 
All Wofford residence assistants (RAs) participate in LGBTQIA ally training. The Office of Residence Life also has specific policies for students that identify as transgender regarding affirming housing options. For housing options, contact Allen Lollis, assistant director of residence life, at lollisja@wofford.edu or 864-597-5100 or Demario Watts, assistant dean of students for diversity and leadership development at wattsdl@wofford.edu

Community resources:

Upstate Pride:

Upstate Pride is a non-profit organization founded in Spartanburg to empower people of all sexualities and genders in the 10-county Upstate South Carolina region. The group hosts various educational and social programs, including the annual Pride March and Celebration in Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg.

SC Equality:

SC Equality works to advance the civil and human rights of LGBTQIA-identified South Carolinians and their families. 

Gender Benders:

Gender Benders is a grassroots organization for transgender/gender-diverse individuals across the Southeast.

Piedmont Care:

Located in downtown Spartanburg, Piedmont Care is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention of HIV/AIDS. It offers free and confidential rapid-response HIV screenings and other services.