Roanoke College is committed to working with faculty, staff, student organizations and our community partners to create a community that is welcoming and safe for everyone. Through various programming and events, Roanoke works to ensure that all of the students, faculty, and staff benefit from the diverse experiences and perspectives of our LGBTQ+ community.
Faculty and staff become certified Safe Zone members by going to a two-hour training. They are visible supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and acknowledge this support by having a Safe Zone sticker in their office. They should provide support, resources and referrals to individuals who choose to approach them. For more information, visit our Safe Zone page.
Maroon Inclusion: LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program
This Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)+ Mentoring Program empowers LGBTQ+ students to live more full, happy and productive lives. The program’s aim is to support mentees through transition and integration to the College by way of interpersonal and intrapersonal development. Making strong connections with ourselves and others is imperative for success not only in college, but in life. Successful mentoring is accomplished through genuine relationship building and ongoing support. Mentors serve as positive role models and provide resources as the need arises to their mentees.
In an ongoing commitment to developing an inclusive environment for people of all genders, Roanoke College has begun the process or designating certain restrooms on campus as all-gender restrooms. An all-gender restroom, also known as a gender-inclusive restroom, can benefit many different people, including parents with differently gendered children, alter-abled people who may require the accompaniment of an attendant of a different gender, and trans and gender non-conforming people.