Gender & Sexuality Equity Center

The Gender & Sexuality Equity Center enhances the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ community at the College of Charleston. 

Together, we provide programs, services and resources in support of our students, parents, faculty and staff.

A smiling man holds an open rainbow pride umbrella behind himBuild

We build and maintain a visible and accessible community for our LGBTQ+ students.

A male College of Charleston student wears a pride graduate stole at the commencement ceremony.Advocate

We advocate for and center the needs of LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty through an intersectional social justice framework.

College of Charleston Cougar statue draped with a bride sash.Empower

We empower the entire campus community to expand their understanding of gender expressions and sexual orientations.

Two students pose for a photo wearing graduation pride stoles.Nurture 

We nurture cross-campus collaboration to broaden and improve the integration of our work across the College.



About the Center

Come see us for answers to your campus questions, access resources, meet with your group or organization or just hang out between classes.
  • Services & Resources

    Here's how we can help. 

    • Inclusive work space
    • Housing questions
    • Club headquarters
    • Private meeting space
    • Event coordination
    • Support for health services
    • Internships
    • Research opportunities

  • Meet the Director

    Naomi Simmons - Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Equity CenterNaomi Simmons



    I'm Naomi and I am the Director of the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center.

    I'm always excited to meet you, so stop by 9.5 Glebe St., say "hi," and explore the many resources we have available to you.

     A little more about me:

    • Things that make me feel:
      • Happy: my family and pets (wife + 2 kids + 2 dogs + 3 cats)
      • Sad: animals dying in movies or shows
      • Angry: social injustice and inaction on the climate crisis
      • Chill: the sound of ocean waves
    • Favorite Movie: My Cousin Vinny
    • Favorite Beverage: AHA Peach + Honey
    • Favorite Candy: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    • Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

    "All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change."  - Octavia Butler from Parable of the Sower

  • Q'nversations

    Qunvesations logo. A :Q" with filled with rainbow strivesJoin us in building an inclusive College of Charleston community and request a Q'nversation on one of our most-engaging topics. You can request an Q'nversation by emailing Naomi Simmons.

    • Building Inclusive Communities
    • Trans 101
    • Everyday Discrimination
    • Ally is a Verb
    • Vocabulary Extravaganza
    • LQBTQ+ History
    • Disentangling Gender, Sex & Sexuality