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Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender

College Hall, Smith College

 

The Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender (RCSG) provides educational programming, activities and meetings for students, faculty and staff. The center provides a safe space where gender and sexuality may be discussed in an open and accepting environment. It seeks to foster understanding of the diverse meanings and expressions of sexuality and gender and the intersection of sexuality, gender, class and race, as well as other social identities.

Visit the Center

Everyone is invited to the RCSG for a safe space to discuss gender and sexuality in and open an accepting environment. Smith students with a valid OneCard can access the Center from 8 a.m. to midnight during the academic year. Five College students, faculty and staff attending a meeting, event or program in the RCSG will find the door unlocked for them. Students, organizations, departments and offices may reserve the center to host programs focused on topics of gender and sexuality.

Advisory Board

Established in 2005, the advisory board of the RCSG is a group of faculty, staff and students working together to help bring the mission of the RCSG to fruition.

Meetings

The advisory board meets at least twice a semester and discusses ways to help the students and student organizations associated with the space with programs, projects and policies as they relate to the center.

Get Involved

If you're interested in being a part of the RCSG advisory board, please contact them at rcsg@smith.edu.

 

Allies on Campus

These faculty and staff members are happy to take questions from students who wish to learn more gender identity and expression issues on campus. Whether it is to be more aware, be a better ally or for personal reasons, all of the following people have expressed the ability and desire to discuss anything in association with gender.

Tobias Davis ’03 has worked a lot on campus with trans advocacy. He is happy to answer any questions students may have. He works on campus and is a local ally.

Dr. Leslie Jaffe, Smith College’s physician, is happy to answer any questions and is available for appointments. To make an appointment, you may call Health Services at 413-585-2800. He can also be reached by email.

Kris Mereigh, Smith College’s wellness director, is happy to meet with students to discuss issues surrounding gender. She is available for appointments and can also be reached via email.

The LGBTQ Alumnae Affinity Group is a community of the Alumnae Association of Smith College for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer alumnae and allies.

Smith College Counseling Services

While there isn't a specific counselor that specializes solely in gender issues, all counselors at the Counseling Services are extremely helpful with questions regarding gender. If you wish to make an appointment with a counselor, you may call 413-585-2840.

Off-Campus Counseling Services

Students should seek referrals from Smith Counseling Service. Be sure to check what health insurance is accepted at each place before making an appointment.

LifeCourse Counseling Center is an LGBTQ Pioneer Valley-based agency providing counseling, education and consultation since 1980.

The Stonewall Center provides support, advocacy and programming for LGBT and allied students, staff and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley.

The Peer Listening Line is for those who wish to speak to peers in the LGBT community. If you wish to speak with someone at any hour call 800-399-PEER.

LGBT Associates of Western Massachusetts works with individuals and couples as well as allies. They are happy to work with groups as well as individuals. Call 413-222-0998 or email
info@masstherapist.com.

Contact

Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender

Wesley House, basement
Smith College
Chapin Way
Northampton, MA 01063
 

Phone: 413-585-6014
Email: RCSG@smith.edu

Hours vary

All students, faculty and staff have access to the center with a OneCard from 8 a.m. to midnight.