Furman is committed to advancing community and well-being through gender equity and inclusion. Through resources, education, and co-curricular programs, we aim to be a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our students, faculty and staff, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+, those who are exploring their gender identities or sexualities, and those who want to learn more and be allies.
A group for students who do not identify with society’s normative gender or sexual roles and their allies, the FPA provides a social space where students can feel free to express their gender and sexual identifications in a non-judgmental environment and receive support from other students. Get Involved.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, the WGSS program helps students explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, sexuality, and religious affiliation. Learn to apply theoretical concepts to understand and dismantle oppression from racism to sexism and homophobia to classism to religious intolerance.
In addition, the WGSS/LGBTQ+ Resource Center provides students a safe and inviting place to meet for discussion and study. Learn more about the WGSS program.
Relaunched in Fall 2017, Furman’s Safe Zone Program helps insure that there will be faculty and staff members across the university trained in providing non-judgmental support and guidance for students who want to explore issues about their sexuality or gender in a one-on-one environment. To identify a safe zone, look for an official Furman safe zone decal displayed in the office of our faculty or staff members. Learn more.
Furman University does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity. Moreover, it strives toward an inclusive community that all students can experience consistent with their gender identity. Gender identity and its expression may develop at a different pace for each individual. Consequently, the University created a guide to inform students of their options. Students may pick and choose from this guide the resources that best fit their needs; accordingly, utilizing one office’s resources does not automatically result in all University offices becoming aware of a student’s gender identity. The extent to which individuals take advantage of these resources is designed to be self-determinate, which empowers students to select when, how, and to whom gender identity is disclosed. Read the Resource Guide for Transgender Students and Allies.
Furman’s LGBT+ faculty and staff represent a supportive community that celebrates the diversity of sexuality and gender expression found throughout campus. We encourage and embrace opportunities to create a more welcoming and affirming environment for all faculty, staff and students. Visit Out at Furman.
The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Committee includes faculty, staff, students, and citizens from around Greenville committed to educating the campus community about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. While always working to prevent such incidents from occurring, the committee also educates the campus about resources and support for survivors of sexual assault. Learn how we can help.