Champlain College strives to create a diverse and inclusive community. A major strength of Champlain College is its commitment to fostering respect among students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of our local community. The following is a resource document that includes information intended to support LGBTQ+ students and allies.
For more information regarding identity and terminology visit the following site: http://www.outrightvt.org/terms-definitions/
Champlain College recognizes that transgender, non-binary, and/or gender nonconforming students may not use the name that they were assigned at birth, as it does not reflect their identity. We also recognize that for a variety of reasons students may not wish to go through a legal name change or may be in the middle of doing so, but wish to have their records reflect their chosen name before the process is complete. As such, the College has staff in place to assist students who wish to update their email addresses, academic class listings, and ID cards with their chosen name.
To inquire or begin the process of updating an email address, academic class listing, and ID card, please complete the Chosen Name Request Form. Students wishing to learn more about the specific scope of this option before completing the form should contact the Reese Kelly at email@example.com, located in IDX Student Life Center 313.Link to this FAQ
A Bias Incident is any conduct, speech or expression that demeans, degrades or harasses an individual or group based upon their membership in a protected category as recognized by law or Champlain College policy.
Hate Crime: As defined by Vermont law, are crimes in which the defendant’s conduct was maliciously motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the armed forces, sexual orientation, gender identity, or qualified disability of another individual or group of individuals, or on the basis of any other status protected by law.
The Champlain Discrimination Policy can be found here.
If you feel like you’ve been targeted by a Bias Incident and want the information on how to report it, and any other relevant information, follow this link.
This link takes you directly to our online bias incident reporting system where you can file a report.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact these individuals when creating a complaint:
Student Life Complaints – Angela Batista, Vice President for Student Life and Special Advisor to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at (802) 651-5907 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Complaints - Provost & Academic Affairs Office at (802) 860-2729 | email@example.comLink to this FAQ
Champlain College offers opportunities for support to get involved on campus.
The Women's and Gender Center provides a comfortable, inclusive, and fun place for students to hang out, meet new friends, and have good conversation. Students of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome to call this place home, and the office hope you will too! They also facilitate educational and supportive programming around their three major themes — empowerment and leadership develop, gender identity and sexual orientation, and sexual violence prevention.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to create a welcoming, accepting, and affirming environment for all students, while providing support to all underrepresented student populations.
The Counseling Center offers a full range of confidential mental health services. The focus is on the mind, body, and spirit of their students. The approach is holistic. The professionals at the Counseling Center uses a wellness model to address emotional and relational aspects of a student's health and growth.
The Office of Accessibility offer reasonable academic and housing accommodations to Champlain students. The Office utilizes a self-advocacy and independence-focused developmental model of support to those in need of accommodations.Link to this FAQ
The Champlain Rainbow Alliance is composed of staff and faculty who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. They provide a supportive space to discuss issues relevant to Champlain's LGBTQ+ community, plan educational initiatives and host social activities. Through collaboration with Champlain College's administration, academic divisions and the student LGBTQ group INCLUDE, the alliance works to broaden the culture of diversity, inclusion and acceptance at Champlain College.
INCLUDE is a network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals as well as their allies. The group strives to foster community, visibility and acceptance for and of the LGBTQQIAA community, with the help of like-minded and accepting allies. The group meets to discuss current events, plan and attend fun group activities, and to create community awareness projects for the Champlain Campus.
P.A.U.S.E. is an art-activism group comprised of student, staff, faculty and community members dedicated to educating, informing and inspiring other members of the Champlain College and Greater Burlington communities to pause, to question societal systems and their oppressive potential, and then take action to create positive social change on campus, communal and global scales. Some of the work they do surrounds issues of gender and opportunities are endless for activism. For more information visit their page.Link to this FAQ
Outright Vermont (Outright) was founded in 1989 following the release of a 1988 national youth risk survey showing that gay and lesbian youth, in particular, had very high rates of depression and suicide. A group of community activists gathered to form Outright, which began as a "once a week" support group. The Friday Night support group has continued ever since, every Friday over the past 25 years. Today, Outright is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) 'queer' youth center and statewide advocacy organization.
Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.
Vermont CARES is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive individuals, create compassionate communities, and prevent the spread of HIV by educating our youth and community on general.
The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.
The Peace & Justice Center is a Vermont-based non-profit, membership organization. Our mission is to create a just and peaceful world. To this end, we work on interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.
The First Unitarian Univeralist Society of Burlington. Burlington's LGBTQA open and affirming UU congregation.
UVM Diversity & Awareness Events. Social justice programming runs deep on campus. Awareness months such as Black History Month, Women's Herstory Month, and LGBTQ April are collaborative programs designed to educate and inspire action. In addition, numerous speakers, films and performers visit UVM throughout the year. Some events and programming are open to the broader community.
The Community Health Centers of Vermont Transgender Health Clinic welcomes patients seeking healthcare sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals in the transgender community. This clinic is a safe and trans-affirmative space for patients to receive full-spectrum care including hormone replacement therapy as well as routine medical care. Appointments are available at CHCB’s Pearl Street Youth Health Center or Riverside Health Center locations. For more information, call the main number at 802-864-6309.
The LGBTQA Center at UVM serves as the school's point of coordination for activities, community, resources, advocacy, information, and history. Our staff members help people and groups at UVM understand how to meet the needs of people with diverse sexual and gender identities. Some events and programming are open to the broader community.
Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont is the area's newest LGBTQ group! A safe space for all, we hold group activities and events for the wider LGBTQ community.Link to this FAQ
Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org
Diversity & Democracy: http://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/index.cfm
The Trevor Project - Suicide Prevention: http://www.thetrevorproject.org
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Center (NY): https://gaycenter.org
Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: http://www.lgbtcenters.org/Centers/Massachusetts/1038/Boston-Alliance-of-Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-and-Transgender-Youth-BAGLY-.aspx
Fenway Health (Boston) - Transgender Health: http://fenwayhealth.org/care/medical/transgender-health/
World Professional Association for Transgender health: http://www.wpath.org/
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/Link to this FAQ