Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Related Groups and Services

The following list compiled by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies represents some of the academic and student groups and programs on campus that may be of interest to Women's Studies Minors. If you would like a listing included here, please email Dr. David Gudelunas, or Dr. Emily Orlando, Co-Directors of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Student Groups

Alliance is a group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students and straight allies, which exists to promote diversity and acceptance on campus. Alliance holds weekly meetings and a number of events and activities throughout the year. The membership also acts as an advocacy group on campus for LGBT students and issues. 
Contact: fairfieldalliance@gmail.com

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Commons
In our commitment to being men and women for others, we find it necessary to claim a space in which we can create and foster an all-inclusive community for students of various genders, sexes, and sexualities. This is a collective space for men and women to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the gender and sexuality injustices that occur on the campus and abroad. Such dialogue will contribute to mutual understanding and active service focused around these issues. We envision this environment will help foster growth in our community so that students of diverse genders and sexualities are distinguished as equals in academics, athletics, and social interactions.
Contact: rachel.lang@student.fairfield.edu or astrid.quinones@student.fairfield.edu or brigid.callahan@student.fairfield.edu

S.I.S: Sisters Inspiring Sisters
Our goal within S.I.S is to create a sisterhood within the Fairfield University community based on intellectual and social companionship through mentoring and empowerment. Using dialogue, activities, movies, art, and guest speakers, we get to know one another, express ourselves, learn about other inspiring women, as well as strive to empower others. 
Contact: rachel.lang@student.fairfield.edu or astrid.quinones@student.fairfield.edu or brigid.callahan@student.fairfield.edu

Campus Services

Safe Space Program
The Fairfield Safe Space Program creates a network of campus-based allies to support and confirm the dignity and self worth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer students and their allies.
In accordance with Catholic social teaching, the human rights of all are paramount to the Jesuit university educational experience. Fairfield University is committed to providing safe spaces where individuals can engage in discussion, education, advocacy, and awareness about LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) issues. These spaces are free from discrimination, ignorance, bigotry, and harassment, and provide a safe and accepting environment for all members of the Fairfield University community regardless of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, or special needs.


  • To institutionally support LGBTQ individuals and those who have family members that are LGBTQ by providing a campus environment that is safe physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally
  • To provide education and experiential learning opportunities for the campus community to combat homophobia, heterosexism, discrimination, and ignorance about LGBTQ issues
  • To identify individuals in the Fairfield University community that will provide support, resources, information, and a safe place for LGBTQ students and their allies
  • To improve the quality of life for all student populations on campus
  • To provide visible resources and mentors for LGBTQ persons within the University community by providing a tangible sign of support

Faculty, staff, and student leaders can go through Safe Space training. Safe Space I training creates awareness of issues and builds participants' knowledge and skills. Safe Space II workshops examine particular issues more deeply, such as the coming out process and the intersection between sexuality and gender. A Safe Space I workshop must be completed before attending a Safe Space II workshop.
Contact: safespace@fairfield.edu

Coming Out / Being Out
A group for students exploring gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered identity in a safe, supportive environment. This group is for students in all stages of the self-discovery and coming-out process or those questioning their identity. It's a safe, respectful and confidential group to process issues of concern, worry, or hope as well as a place to develop supportive friendships and discuss issues involved in coming out and being out. This group meets once a week.
Contact: Susan Birge, sbirge@fairfield.edu

Ally Network
The Ally Network serves as a campus-wide resource to students who are in need of support. Upon completion of the training workshop, allies receive a Safe Space placard distinguishing them as part of the network. This placard is a symbol that the person will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer student needs help, advice, or just someone with whom they can talk. The person displaying the symbol is also a person who can give anyone accurate information about sexual orientation issues.
Contact: safespace@fairfield.edu

The Mission of WiSTEM (Women in Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering) is to provide services and activities to help support women pursuing the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while building community beyond the traditional academic boundaries. The program also emphasizes connections with other women in related fields and between undergraduates, faculty, and female professionals outside academia.

Benefits include:

Living in an intentional community
Participating in courses in your major with floor mates
Special study groups
Pairing with student and professional mentors
Opportunities to participate in research projects

Contact: Tanya Mascary, tmascary@fairfield.edu

Service for Justice Residential College
When we are at our best, we deeply appreciate the gifts of others and seek to serve those in need. The Service for Justice Residential College (S4J) ,which will be moved into the new building on the Quad called 70 McCormick Hall (2 person residential hall), is a community based on exploring questions of service, diversity and social justice. Through conversations, reflection and action of students, faculty, and mentors with one another, the hope of this community is to appreciate an historical context of and passion for social justice, understand diversity and all its manifestations, communicate with others about and across differences, and take actionand become change agents. In this way, all are able to construct and discern their own living and learning experience. This community welcomes students of all interests, backgrounds, and perspectives. Three overarching questions guide our community:

How can I make a difference here, now?
How can I understand, appreciate and explore difference?
How can I be me in this diverse world?

Contact: aconcepcion@fairfield.edu

Health Center
Women's Health Clinic by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-4 p.m.
Contact: Sheila Dunn, sdunn@fairfield.edu and Director Julia Duffy, jduffy@fairfield.edu

Diversity Committee - Fairfield United
Description: Comprised of leaders of the diversity clubs on campus in order to collaborate on initiatives and programs.
Faculty Staff/ Contact: Chrystie Cruz, Assistant Director
Contact: diversity@fairfield.edu

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Office - DMH 115
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on two levels of inquiry, the theoretical and the experiential. The program demonstrates the ways in which cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality influence the development of personal identity and public roles that consequently affect all social and political structures. The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies office provides a space for students to learn more about the minor program and acts as a meeting space for related groups and classes. Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mondays) and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Tuesdays/ Thursdays)

Contact: Megan Osborne, WGSS Graduate Assistant, megan.osborne@fairfield.edu
Room Reservations: mlesko@fairfield.edu

Campus Ministry
Students for Social Justice (S4SJ): is a dynamic, student-lead group that aims to educate, advocate, and activate around issues of social justice, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to further enrich Fairfield's mission in the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
Contact: Jocelyn Collen, jcollen@fairfield.edu