The Iona College Counseling Center is committed to creating a safe and hospitable campus environment for all students. Concerned about recent reports of bullying and harassment of high school and college students in the LGBT community, as well as reported suicides within this community, the Counseling Center offers a list of campus, community, and online resources for members of the LGBT community, their allies, friends and families. Many of these resources can also be useful for any Iona College student who is experiencing bullying, harassment, discrimination or bias who would like support and advocacy.
- Campus Pride is a national organization for student leaders and campus groups who are dedicated to creating a safe environment for LGBT students. Recently, Campus Pride published a study on the experiences of LGBT students, faculty and staff entitled: 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.
Available at www.campuspride.org
- The Trevor Project provides a national 24-hour toll-free confidential suicide hotline for gay and lesbian youth. Recently the Trevor Project and YouTube launched the "It Gets Better" campaign in which members of the LGBT community (including actors, comedians, and newscasters) discuss their own experiences with bullying and how they survived it, encouraging youth to hang in there because it does get better.
Available at www.thetrevorproject.org
- "Love is Louder" is a campaign launched by the Jed Foundation and MTV, which provides links to resources and websites on bullying, harassment, depression and suicide prevention.
Available at www.loveislouder.com with links to www.halfofus.com (real stories of teens and young adults dealing with depression and suicide); www.activeminds.org (promoting mental health on the college campus); www.twloha.com (To Write Love On Her Arms, an organization that addresses self-injurious behavior and suicide prevention).
- The Jed Foundation provides multiple resources for students, parents and campus professionals on suicide prevention of college students; launched the "Love is Louder" campaign with MTV.
Available at www.jedfoundation.org
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- New Ways Ministry is an advocacy group for the LGBT Catholic community.
Available at www.newwaysministry.org
- Fortunate Families provides resources for Catholic parents of LGBT children.
Available at www.fortunatefamilies.com
- PFLG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) provides a wealth of resources including responses and advocacy regarding the current tragedies.
Available at www.pflag.org
- National Center for Bullying Prevention is an educational and advocacy resource that addresses bullying using creative interaction media including videos, blogs and links to other resources.
Available at www.pacer.org/bullying/
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute is an information data base with an anti-discrimination focus.
Available at www.transgenderlaw.org
- Transgender Health Program is a resource for medical and psychological issues related to the transgender community. It includes multiple downloadable PDF's, articles and links to extensive data bases of trans-related materials.
Available at transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/index.html
- The Loft is an LGBT community services center for the lower Hudson valley, located at 252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY
Information available at www.loftgaycenter.org
- GLSEN is The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network a national education organization that focuses on safe schools for all students.
Available at www.glsen.org
- Westchester County LGBT Advisory Board provides a resource directory for the LGBT community that includes government, community, youth, campus and other resources. The resource manual, which can be downloaded, includes contact numbers and links to many useful community agencies and programs in Westchester County and beyond.
Available at http://www.westchestergov.com/lgbt
- Iona College Gay Straight Alliance is a student organization dedicated to promoting a safe and hospitable campus climate for LBGT students and their allies. This organization provides educational programming with regard to issues relevant to the LGBT community as well as support and advocacy. For more information, please contact Michaelia Kelley, President, GSA, or Dr. Ingrid Grieger or Dr. Susan Toliver, Advisors.
- Iona College Counseling Center provides support, counseling and advocacy for our diverse student population. Individual, couples and group counseling are available, as well as psychoeducational programs regarding diversity, stress management, healthy relationships and other topics of relevance to the college campus. For more information about staff and services, please visit the Counseling Center's homepage.
- Iona College Student Development Student Diversity Committee provides educational programming, First-Year Student Orientation Sessions and panel discussions on many issues relevant to the needs of a diverse student population. An important goal of the Committee is to give voice to student concerns regarding diversity on the campus. Among the panel discussions voiced by students were such topics as Faith and Sexual Orientation, Hate Speech and Bias Crimes, Students with Disabilities and Religious Diversity. To request programs or to participate on student panels, please contact Leo Pedraza, Chair, Student Development Diversity Committee. Additional information about the Student Development Diversity Committee is available.
Prepared by: The Iona College Counseling Center
Contact: Dr. Ingrid Grieger: email@example.com