LGBTQ Resources at Rhodes
The Rhodes LGBTQ Working Group continuously assesses the college’s LGBTQ policies and environment to ensure that the Rhodes campus offers the broadest possible inclusivity. This year the Working Group will celebrate last year′s progress and work on the following LGBTQ-related projects:
- Rhodes raised its recent Campus Pride Index Score to 4.5 out of 5. This score identifies the things that are still left to be accomplished, while celebrating the achievements from the previous year.
- Approximately 30 single-occupancy rest rooms across campus are now classified as “All Gender Rest Rooms.” Our “All Gender Rest Room” sign distributor, "My Door Sign," donated these signs to Rhodes and to other schools to assist campuses in becoming more gender-inclusive. The signs will alleviate confusion about which room to use by using universally recognized words and images. Click here to view a map with the locations for the All Gender Rest Rooms at Rhodes.
- The LGBTQ Resources InRhodes Pages have been updated to include Transgender-specific Resources.
As the Working Group continues to promote inclusivity on campus, members of the Rhodes LGBTQ community, alumni, their friends and supporters are encouraged to participate in the Rhodes College chapter of EquaLynx. Details about future EquaLynx events can be found on the chapter page or EquaLynx Facebook page.
Students are invited to connect with the community through various academic, social, service, and faith-based opportunities.
- The Gender and Sexuality Studies interdisciplinary program offers a wide variety of academic courses that examination address issues of power, politics, privilege, and development under the lens of gender and sexuality.
- The Gay Straight Alliance offers support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, as well as a forum for discussing issues relating to gender, sexuality, and the LGBTQ community.
- Queer Advocacy, a service and social action group within the Rhodes Kinney Program, promotes integrated community learning and student engagement/empowerment through serving the greater LGBTQ community of Memphis.
- Those seeking LGBTQ-affirming religious organizations within the greater Memphis area can find those resources through the Chaplain’s office.
- Many LGBTQ-related student groups utilize the Queer Resource room (located in Briggs Hall) which offers a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ people and their allies. This space also a great place to find information, resources, and referrals on LGBTQ issues.
Over 300 current faculty, staff, and students are certified Safe Zones on campus, serving as a source of support and information for LGBTQ students, free of judgment and hostility. Safe Zone participants attend a series of Brown Bag Lunch sessions throughout the school year to foster discussion around topics such as being transgender in college, coming out to friends, family and parents, and addressing homophobia and heterosexism in society.
The LGBTQ Working Group was established in 2012 by Dean of Faculty Michael Drompp and Dean of Students Carol Casey. Working Group members are:
- Claire Adams ′17 Student Representative
- Tyler Adams ′15, Student Representative
- Mark Behr, M.A., Faculty Representative and Associate Professor
- Elizabeth Bridges, Ph.D., Faculty Representative and Assistant Professor of German
- Jeff Cleathes, Staff Representative and Head Baseball Coach
- Meredith Davis, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, ex officio
- Pam Detrie, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Director of Student Counseling
- Leah Ford ′15, Student Representative and President of Queer Advocacy
- Dan Gritti, Staff Representative and Head Football Coach
- Erin Hillis, M.A., Staff Representative and Associate Director of International Programs
- Ira Lawson, Staff Representative and Student Leader Coordinator
- Geoff Maddox, Ph.D., Faculty Representative and Assistant Professor
- Evelyn Perry, Ph.D., Faculty Representative and Assistant Professor
- Rev. Walt Tennyson, Staff Representative and College Chaplain