Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development


Get involved with our LGBTQIA community.

Q-Initiatives (Queer Initiatives) are spaces and programs for you. They are for discussing, singing, laughing, grieving, celebrating, and speaking out. Whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer in any way, we invite you to share, listen, and build community with your peers and fellow community members. Under the Q-Initiatives umbrella, we offer the following spaces/programs:

Q-Cafe is a program that connects the LGBTQIA Loyola Community to the Rogers Park neighborhood, held monthly at The Coffee Shop on 1135 W. Sheridan Road. Q-Cafe facilitates an open and welcoming space to dialogue around intersecting identities and issues that impact the LGBTQIA community at Loyola and in Chicago/Nation. The program fosters an environment that prompts people to discuss personal narratives in multiple artistic formats.

Q-Studies is a program focused on LGBTQIA personal and professional issues within academia and the broader community. Q-studies seeks to examine and create a critical consciousness around LGBTQIA issues and looks to create dialogue and conversation within an academic environment.      

Q-Retreat is a weekend LGBTQIA+ event that will provide a brave space filled with meaningful dialogue, workshops, forums, and educational engagement sessions. The event will take place in February 2020 at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology (LUREC) campus.

QTPoC (Queer and Trans People of Color) is a new student group that supports our queer and trans people of color in the LUC community. This newly developed group engages in conversations on the QTPoC experience at LUC and in Chicago. The closed group is dedicated to creating awareness and a safe, comfortable atmosphere for LGBTQIA people of color on campus and beyond. 

Q-Films focuses on the intersections of identity through the lens of media production. Q-film’s sets out to create a space of critical dialogue on the representation of LGBTQIA identity and communities in the international and national landscape of film production. After each film showing, a discussion will follow the movie.

Q-Grads is an initiative aimed to connect our graduate, professional, and adult students to the LGBTQIA resources provided by SDMA and Loyola.

If you have any questions, please contact qinitiatives.sdma@gmail.com.