Loyola University Maryland

Campus Ministry

LGBTQPIA+ Programs




Affinity Group     Safe Space     Support-based Group

Whether you are out, questioning, or not even sure, this group is for LGBTQPIA+ and same-gender attracted students of all backgrounds to confidentially discuss and explore aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in a safe space. The group is support-based and is designed to encourage open discussion about gender, sexuality, religion and spirituality, coming out, relationships, family, community, and other areas of your life that may be difficult to discuss elsewhere. This group is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Counseling Center.

Goals of this Group:

  • To engage in conversation about stigmatized topics
  • Decrease marginalization
  • To be a place to find help and support
  • Provide space to explore identity
  • To be a space to connect with peers who share similar identities


  • Aaron Barnes, PsyD: Staff Psychologist in the Counseling Center- Pronouns: he, him, his
  • Elise Gower, M.S. – Assistant Director of Campus Ministry- Pronouns: she, her, hers

For more information or to sign-up, please contact: Aaron Barnes, atbarnes@loyola.edu

Student Experience:



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Mission: IgnatianQ is a student-run and student-focused Ignatian LGBTQPIA+ conference. IgnatianQ brings together the community of LGBTQPIA+ folks (and allies) at Jesuit universities from across the U.S. We are an affirming community, brought together in part by our common experiences of marginalization and exclusion. As LGBTQPIA+ people, we believe that our own desire for social justice and the Jesuit values that inform our education are forces that can and should work together for a more just and humane world. As we explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, and spirituality together, we strive to educate and empower the whole person.

2017 Theme: The theme of the conference is "Finding Q-munity," which will focus on how to strengthen LGBTQPIA+ communities at Jesuit universities by using our Ignatian values to integrate them with other campus organizations, including groups that focus on multicultural identities, mental health, activism, and spirituality.



Registration for 2017 conference is now closed.

Commitment Requirements:

  • 3 pre-conference leadership development sessions
  • 1 post-conference program/event for the Loyola community 

*Requests for anonymity will be respected.

For more information, please contact: Elise Gower, elgower@loyola.edu



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