LGBTQA Office Mission, Vision, and Values
The mission of the University of Idaho LGBTQA Office is to provide a safe and welcoming space for students and other members of the University community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Our vision is for the University of Idaho to become a campus that promotes the full inclusion of LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff. To this end, we will work together to eliminate homophobia, heterosexism, and gender identity oppression.
Integrity | We respect and recognize the vast diversity of sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in our society. We also acknowledge the prevalence of anti-LGBTQA oppression and strive to provide an empowering and safe space for all students.
Transformation | We are committed to creating a more equal and welcoming campus community for LGBTQA and ally students. We recognize the current perceived climate for LGBTQA and ally students, faculty, and staff and are charged to better increase inclusivity and fairness on the University of Idaho campus.
Community | We strive to create an inclusive community and provide support for all students. We acknowledge the vast diversity of the LGBTQA community. We respect the individual identities and stories in order to create an inclusive and rich campus community.
Advocacy | We are committed to the advancement of LGBTQA equity on the University of Idaho campus and in the Moscow community. We pledge to support and advocate for LGBTQA issues and concerns while working to empower students to become agents of social change.
What does LGBTQA stand for?
LGBTQA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, and Ally. This acronym represents what has come to be recognized as a standard range of sexual and gender identity-based individuals and groups. We include A (Ally) in recognition of the many people on our campus who support, affirm, and advocate for LGBTQ people and causes. Increasing numbers of people use the word “Queer” as an umbrella term inclusive of the full spectrum of identities.
What does it mean to be an Ally?
An ally to the LGBTQ community is someone who works to support and affirm LGBTQ people, while challenging traditional notions of gender and sexuality which are unnecessarily restrictive and oppressive. Allies are welcome in all programs and services offered by the LGBTQA Office. Email for more information on the University of Idaho Safe Zone program.