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The Iona College Counseling Center is committed to creating a safe and hospitable campus environment for all students. In response to recent reports of bullying and harassment of high school and college students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ students. Campus Pride in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University and Iowa State University own and operate the Q Research Institute for Higher Education (QRIHE pronounced “queery”), a national center for the scholarly study of LGBT people in higher education.
    Available at www.campuspride.org
  • The Trevor Project provides a national 24-hour toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project recently partnered with AT&T to offer LGBTQ youth 24/7 text and chat counseling services.
    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.
    Available at www.jedfoundation.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • New Ways Ministry is an advocacy group for the LGBTQ Catholic community.
    Available at www.newwaysministry.org
  • Fortunate Families provides resources for Catholic parents of LGBTQ children.
    Available at www.fortunatefamilies.com
  • PFLG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) provides a wealth of resources related to support, education, and advocacy.
    Available at www.pflag.org
  • National Center for Bullying Prevention is an educational and advocacy resource that addresses bullying using creative interaction media such as videos, blogs and links to other resources.
    Available at www.pacer.org/bullying/
  • Transgender Law and Policy Institute is an information database with an anti-discrimination focus.
    Available at www.transgenderlaw.org
  • The Loft is an LGBTQ community service center for the lower Hudson valley, located at 252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY.
    Helpline: (914) 948-2932
    Information available at www.loftgaycenter.org
  • GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") is a national education organization that focused on safe and affirming schools for all students.
    Available at www.glsen.org
  • Westchester County LGBTQ Advisory Board provides a resource directory for the LGBTQ 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 Gael Pride is a student organization dedicated to promoting a safe and hospitable campus climate for LBGTQ students and their allies. This organization provides educational programming with regard to issues relevant to the LGBTQ community as well as support and advocacy. For more information, please contact Charles Bencivengo (cbencivengo1@gaels.iona.edu).
  • Iona College Counseling Center provides support, counseling, and advocacy for Iona College’s diverse student population. Individual and couples 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 Life 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. Past panel discussions have included topics such 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 Melissa Aponte (maponte@iona.edu).

Prepared by: The Iona College Counseling Center