LGBTQIA+ Students

Duquesne University, led by the spirit and guided by its Catholic Spiritan values, is committed to fostering and maintaining authentic relationships with every person. As stated in the University's Mission Statement, Duquesne University is committed to creating an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity through walking with all who engage in education for the mind, heart, and spirit.


The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion (the Center) is committed to providing support services and opportunities for learning in an effort to maintain inclusive campus environments for students. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the Center strives to offer a radical welcome for all students in alignment with the university mission.

Understanding difference and appreciating what makes us diverse, it is important that we create and sustain a campus environment that contributes to a positive sense of belonging for all students. This includes, but is not limited to, providing resources and support services for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and empowering students to celebrate their identities.

Campus Resources

LGBTQIA+ Support Services Consultation
For assistance with how to better support LGBTQIA+ folks in your role at Duquesne University, contact the Center for Excellence in Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Bias Education Response Team
The purpose of BERT is to provide educational and restorative responses to Bias Incidents that occur within the campus community. It exists to engage people who act in biased ways, as well as the people affected by such behavior, and to help restore feelings of belonging.

Lambda (Gender Sexuality Alliance)
Through education and support, Lambda works to build a community of tolerance and acceptance in dealing with LGBTQIA+ issues.

Lambda Law Society
The Lambda Law Society educates Duquesne University School of Law students on the current and evolving legal issues surrounding diverse sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Gender Forum
Through critical conversations, the Gender Forum seeks to raise awareness of gender issues locally and globally, while maintaining an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity.

Students for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (SDEI)
SDEI offers students the space to speak about their own experiences in the classroom, receive support around their experiences, and gain leadership skills by working collectively to create pedagogical materials and suggestions based on their needs. SDEI leaders then distribute student-designed pedagogical tools to faculty across campus via curriculum design workshops and DEI programming.

Title IX
Duquesne University is committed to fostering an atmosphere free from Title IX Sexual Harassment and creating an inclusive campus environment for all members of the University community.

Counseling Center
Our counseling center offers a weekly support group for LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, please contact Jayme%20Jenkins.

Spiritan Campus Ministry-Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counseling is a unique form of counseling that places spiritual/religious integration, growth and healing as a central goal. Pastoral Counselors are Clergy and Lay Ministers with training in both Theology and Psychology. For more information contact Fr.%20Bill%20Christy.

Health Center
Duquesne's Clinical Health Services creates a compassionate environment for all and provides all full-time students with comprehensive, competent, and confidential health care.

Campus Safety
The Duquesne University Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors through crime prevention and safety awareness.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence promotes excellence in teaching by getting to know our faculty and graduate students, learning from them, fostering leadership, and bringing people together from across the University. We provide consultations, workshops, and print and web resources on teaching and academic success. We focus on implementing evidence-based, high-impact educational practices with the Duquesne community of teachers and learners.

Faculty Senate LGBTQIA+ Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
The LGBTQIA+ Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee will advise and collaborate with the Faculty Senate, administration, and University at large on fostering positive, demonstrable, and sustainable change in LGBTQIA+ diversity, equity, and inclusion at Duquesne by helping to address disparities and develop systems of support and recognition for the LGBTQIA+ University community.

Rainbow Connection Employee Resource Group (DU login required)
The Rainbow Connection Employee Resource Group is an employee-led group at Duquesne University dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, and diverse work environment for employees of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. The Resource Group provides opportunities for professional development, community building and visibility, and serves as a resource for Duquesne University employees seeking to improve LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and awareness. For more information, contact rainbowconnectionFREEDUQUESNE

Community Resources

National Resources

The linked resources are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. The University does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked resources or the views or contents contained therein.  Additionally, the University does not vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained in the linked resources. If you have a question regarding the content of a linked resource, please direct the question to the owner of such resource.

Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination Policy

As a Catholic Spiritan University, one of the ways Duquesne serves God by serving students is through profound concern for moral and spiritual values. To uphold these ideals, the University enforces the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct to promote responsible citizenship, appropriate behavior and self-discipline. Verbal, nonverbal or physical sexual misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated. It threatens this mission and is prohibited by local, state and federal laws, Title IX, Duquesne's Student Policy on Sexual Violence and by Duquesne's Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination Policy.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

In accordance with the University's mission, and as required by Title IX and its implementing regulations, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its programs or activities, including admission and employment. Moreover, Duquesne University is committed to fostering an atmosphere free from Title IX Sexual Harassment and creating an inclusive campus environment for all members of the University community. Title IX Sexual Harassment is destructive to such a climate and is not tolerated.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator at Duquesne University or the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, or both.