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Rensselaer openly welcomes and affirms students of diverse backgrounds, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

With an active LGBT student, faculty, and staff community and a fully inclusive nondiscrimination policy, Rensselaer asks all students, “Why Not Change The World?”

Rensselaer Pride Alliance

The Rensselaer Pride Alliance (RPA) exists to encourage the participation of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community in the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, other gender, sexual minority, and ally intellectual and social interests. The RPA seeks to foster the development of understanding, appreciation, and pride in LGBT* history and culture.

LGBTQ Mentoring Network

The LGBTQ Mentoring Network is a program designed for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) community on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus. This program pairs mentors (LGBTQ graduate students, faculty, and staff) and mentees (LGBTQ undergraduate or graduate students) in formal mentoring relationships. Membership in the program can remain confidential.

Greek Spectrum

Greek Spectrum is a group dedicated to peer education for the Greek Life community with the goal of improving the climate for all gender and sexual minorities (LGBTQ) at Rensselaer. The aim of Greek Spectrum is to make Rensselaer a more open, safe, and friendly environment for all students by promoting nondiscrimination, inclusion, and acceptance of LGBTQ and other gender and sexual minority persons through education and awareness within Rensselaer’s Greek community and the Rensselaer community at large. Greek Spectrum will accomplish its goals through close partnership with Rensselaer’s Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Alumni Inter-Greek Council, and their respective member organizations.

Community Resources

Capital Pride Center

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Capital Region. Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of LGBT people in a ten-county region since 1970. The programs, held both at the Center (332 Hudson Avenue in Albany) as well as throughout the region, meet the health and human service needs of the LGBT community as well as educate and advocate for those needs in the broader Capital Region. As the oldest continuously operating LGBT community center in the country, the Pride Center has worked to build a welcoming and empowering community for all people.

For more information on resources for LGBTQ students at Rensselaer and in the Capital Region, please visit the Student Health Center website.

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