Our Campus

UAlbany has been recognized as a model campus for LGBTQ* programs, support and services.  What makes an LGBT-friendly campus? The question is a very personal one. Each student needs to evaluate their prospective university or college with their own rubric and sense of what makes LGBTQ* campus life appealing. To see the types of programs regularly offered and to view a current semester calendar, visit the Events section.  Or, to gain a better sense of the UAlbany LGBTQ* community take a look at:  

  • Career Services:
  • Cathy Parker, Assistant Director, 518-437-3914

    The staff at Career Services is trained to answer career and work questions specific to the needs of LGBTQ students in a confidential, nonjudgmental manner. Career Services can provide information and advice on employment discrimination laws around the country; issues related to coming out in the workplace; and how to find welcoming companies. Student can schedule a confidential appointment to discuss issues about whether or not to disclose information to employers and at what point in the job search process would be appropriate. The department incorporates information for LGBTQ students in all of our presentations so students do not need to self identify to get information. Career Services also maintains a webpage of employment resources for LGBTQ students for access to information at their convenience. 

  • Disability Resource Center:
  • Nancy Belowich-Negron, Director, 418-442-5490
  • Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Tamra Minor, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, 518-956-8110
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) ensures that the University is in compliance with State and Federal non-discrimination Laws and Executive orders by receiving, reviewing and investigating allegations of unlawful discrimination.
  • Health Center:
  • Peter Vellis, Medical Director, 518-956-8421
    Health Center staff want you to be comfortable coming to the Health Center to address your health care needs. The Physicians, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners at the Health Center are aware, educated, and non-judgmental about the special issues, concerns, and health risks in the LGBTQ community. Our health center staff are trained with regard to LGB and transgender issues.

    The Health Center pharmacy does not carry hormones for gender transition and the current health insurance policy offered by the University to students does not cover services for the purposes of gender transition. However, students with medical needs related to gender transition are welcome and encouraged to meet with the medical director to explore local resources.
  • Intercultural Student Engagement:
  • D. Ekow King, Director, 518-442-5566
  • Residential Life:
  • Holly Barker-Flynn, Assistant Director, 518-442-5875
    The mission of the Department of Residential Life is to provide a residential environment that is Inviting, Intellectual and Inclusive for all students. Residential Life works closely with the LGBTQ campus committee, the GA for Multicultural Affairs and the SA Office for Gender and Sexuality Concerns, to facilitate relationships with our transgender student population. The department has a professional staff person to serve as a liaison with the LGBTQ community, who provides support and advocacy for students who identify as transgender. This support includes assistance with on campus housing options for students who are transgender, based on individual need. Additionally, the Department of Residential Life offers gender neutral (blind) bathrooms in several buildings. see the Residential Life web site at http://www.albany.edu/housing/lgbt.shtml for more locations.
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center:
  • Joyce DeWitt Parker, Ph.D., Director, 518-956-8461
    The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is committed to providing a campus environment free of violence. In the aftermath of a sexual assault or relationship violence, SARC and other campus resources are available to assist the diverse needs of survivors and to also assist those who wish to be supportive to survivors. SARC services are designed to educate, support, motivate and empower students, staff and faculty with regards to sexual assault and relationship violence.
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  • University Counseling Center:
  • Carol Stenger, Coordinator for Health Promotion, 518-442-5800
    The University Counseling Center is committed to the promotion and celebration of diversity in all of its forms. The counselors at the Center are educated, sensitive, & well-informed about the unique concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, and other non-gender conforming individuals.

    The Counseling Center provides an ongoing LGBTQQI Support Group. The group provides a safe space for University at Albany students who identify as a part of the LGBTQQI community to discuss and explore many topics that include, but are not limited to relationships, sexuality, gender identity, religion and stress management. The group meets weekly on the Uptown UAlbany Campus. The exact location, date, & time of the group is to be determined and based on student scheduling/availability. If interested in attending the support group or have questions about it, please contact Dr. Heidi Wright at the University Counseling Center. hwright@albany.edu 518-442-5800.
  • Undergraduate Education:
  • Sue Faerman, Ph.D., Vice Provost, 518-442-3950

    You can also contact Courtney D’Allaird (link to cdallaird@albany.edu), the Center Director, who can answer any questions you might have about LGBTQ life on campus. Or, we encourage you to stop by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.