Queer Compass is a student-led, administratively supported initiative through the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center that serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) population on Westminster's campus.
This initiative aims to foster community, visibility, and openness within the Westminster community. We host meetings where attendees can participate in multifaceted intersectional dialogues surrounding topics such as marginalization, victimization, safety, power, privilege, identity, gender, sexuality, higher education, and growth.
Queer Compass creates a sense of belonging and community for students based on the shared interest and/or identity of queerness. The group provides resources including volunteer opportunities within the LGBTQIA+ community and emotional support in times of need.
To create a space for members to learn, grow, and build friendships, we organize a variety of fun events throughout the school year. We have taken students on an excursion to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, dinner at City Creek Center, and to the Mystery Escape Room at The Gateway. To celebrate the end of finals, we enjoy holding a closing social, which in the past has featured guest speakers from the Rape Recovery Center discussing healthy relationships.
We also invite members to volunteer at the Utah Pride Center’s annual Queer Prom for high school students at the Salt Palace each April, and we love to attend the Utah Pride Festival every summer. Check out all Student Diversity and Inclusion Center events.
Many organizations and foundations offer scholarships (both need- and merit-based) to students within the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer Compass compiled a list of LGBTQIA+ scholarships that Westminster students may be interested in or qualify for.