A Brief History of LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Loyola University Maryland
Fall 1995: Student Affinity Group
GLOBAL, Loyola’s first GLBT Awareness and Support Group, is founded. Changes its name to Spectrum in 1999 to support all LGBTQ+ undergraduate students, allies, and friends. The group remains active today.
Spring 2002: Awareness Week
Spectrum hosts first annual Sexual Diversity Awareness Week (SDAW).
Spring 2003: Curricular Aims
Academic Senate passes a proposal from Spectrum to include a diversity statement in its undergraduate Curriculum Aims. The statement includes sexual orientation.
Fall 2003: Special Interest Housing
In Fall 2003, the office of student life, along with student leaders, created Stonewall House, a special interest housing community for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Its mission was to provide and understanding, accepting, and nurturing environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied students (GLBTA). The members of Stonewall community agreed to foster open and honest campus-wide discussions about the diversity issues surrounding sexual orientation and the lives and experiences of sexual minorities.
Fall 2004: Employee Affinity Group
Loyola Employee Sexual Diversity Alliance (LESDA) begins meeting, renames to OUTLoyola in 2008. The group remains active today.
Fall 2010: Inclusive Benefits
Loyola begins offering health and other benefits to legally-domiciled adults following a 2008 recommendation by OUTLoyola and passed by Loyola Conference.
Fall 2011: Cultural Competency Training
OUTLoyola begins offering SafeZone training to campus employees and some student groups to foster a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies. The training is updated and remains available about once per semester.
Spring 2014: Transgender Visibility
Spectrum officially changes name of Sexual and Gender Diversity Awareness Week to better include transgender voices and topics.
Fall 2014: Gender Identity Protections
“Gender Identity” added to institutional non-discrimination policy and Core Values statement by unanimous vote of Loyola Conference.
Fall 2015: Inclusive Facilities
All single-use restroom facilities now bear all-gender signage.
Fall 2015: Queer Studies Course
Loyola offers its first explicitly LGBTQ+-themed course: DR362 Queer Theater and Film. Other courses had long covered LGBTQ+ topics.
Spring 2016: Faith and Sexuality
Noted scholar Mark Jordan delivers a university-sponsored lecture on the topic of theology and sex.