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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're interested in being a part of the RCSG advisory board, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allies & Counseling
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.
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 Service
While there isn't a specific counselor that specializes solely in gender issues, all counselors at the Counseling Service 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
LGBT Associates of Western Mass works with individuals and couples as well as allies. They are happy to work with groups as well as individuals.
The RCSG has a variety of books, DVDs and magazines available for use. All books and DVDs are listed in the center's binder but can also be found in an Excel spreadsheet on the desktop of the computers in the resource center. Please ask for assistance if you are looking for something specific, as we are able to search by title, author or topic.
The lending library is a resource for everyone. Please note that materials taken from the center that are not returned will not be replaced, so we appreciate your consideration in promptly returning materials after your use.
We prefer that materials be used in the center; however, members of the Smith community may check materials out using the following procedure:
- All materials leaving the center must be recorded in the white binder found on the lending library shelf.
- Please document all information required on the sheet—name, phone and email, 99 number, title of the book or DVD you are borrowing and the date you are checking it out.
- All materials should be brought back to the center as soon as you are finished with them. Program assistants for the center will check the library periodically and email those who have yet to bring back materials.
In the back of the binder there is a "wish list" section. If there are materials you wish we had, please add them. As we look to add resources to the library we will use this list as a starting point.
There are more than 200 gender-neutral restrooms at Smith; about half of these facilities are accessible as well. Gender-neutral restrooms are available in student residences and academic and administrative buildings.
Changing Your Name
For information on changing your name on Smith communications and identification, please visit the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity website.
Trans Support Group
The Trans Support Group meets in Northampton and is open for trans-identified individuals and questioning individuals aged 15–24. For more information, contact Mitch at 413-586-8517.
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is a resource for those living and staying in Massachusetts. The website has information about transitioning, creating a trans community, coming out, therapists, medical practitioners and more.
The Trevor Project is a national, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention hotline service for transgender and questioning youth. If you wish to speak with someone at any hour call 866-488-7386.