College may be the first time that young adults are exposed to gender diversity including gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual individuals. It is normal for students entering college to have questions about sexuality, sexual diversity, and gender identity. Gender identity refers to the feeling that an individual is male, female or transgender. Many things contribute to the formation of gender identity, including society, family, and factors that are in place before birth.
Students with questions may reach out to any SWIC faculty or staff member who displays a Safe Zone symbol in his/her workspace. The Safe Zone program identifies SWIC faculty and staff who will provide empathy, acceptance, support, and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, cross-dressing, and intersex students.
The Q & A Club at SWIC offers social support in an anonymous, safe, and nurturing environment. During the weekly meetings, individuals can ask questions about sexuality and gender identity, receive support, and connect with other students. Additional support is available in the community.