LGBTQ+ Support

WPI is committed to providing support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and additional non-traditionally recognized populations. The “+” symbolizes sexual and gender identities that have traditionally been left out of “LGBTQ,” and is used to respectfully and sensitively recognize all populations in our community.

The student group The Alliance, as well as an administrative-run Safe Zone committee, aim to provide informative events and support for LGBTQ+ WPI community members.

The Alliance

Formed in 1988, the Alliance provides a necessary voice and body for WPI students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They offer a social, educational, and support network while also hosting meetings and events surrounding Day of Silence, World AIDS Day, National Coming Out Day, and more.

Safe Zone

The Safe Zone Committee at WPI consists of students, staff, and faculty who work to provide the campus community with education and training to promote the understanding of issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals, fostering an atmosphere of growth and enrichment for all. Please email the Committee with any questions or comments.

Safe Zone “Safe Space” Program

The “Safe Space” program is a campus-wide network of trained individuals who can act as resources for members of the campus community with questions or concerns related to LGBTQ+ issues.

Members that have completed the training and committed to help provide a “Safe Space” can highlight their visibility to the WPI community by prominently displaying the Safe Zone logo. The Safe Zone logo sends a message to LGBTQ+ people and their allies that the person displaying said symbol will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a member of the LGBTQ+ community needs help, advice, or someone to talk to.

LGBTQ+ Support at Work

The Career Development Center offers a wide variety of tips and support for LGBTQ+ students when it comes to the job search. Download the LGBTQ+ Student Resources tipsheet (PDF) for information on identifying LGBTQ+ friendly employers, coming out at work, and more.

The Showcase

Masque, WPI's main theatre group, recently produced The Showcase, a compilation of plays that were previously produced for New Voices and feature LGBTQ+ themes. According to director Shannon Healy, "The Showcase is a celebration of WPI as a whole and what makes us a great community socially and culturally."


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