Just like most communities at Bennington, the queer community is apparent in various ways. We have a group called queer @ Bennington which can be a great resource. Bennington, like most any college, is a space for you to come in with a mainly-blank slate to really explore yourself as a person, questioner, and thinker. I think Bennington establishes a safer space for queer identified or questioning youth to do just that.
If you are looking to see if you will fit in here, no worries… you will find like-minded people and be a part of various communities. As a queer individual myself, I am personally not very involved in the queer @ Bennington group; however, I still feel a part of the queer community on campus. There are various ways to be involved as a queer person on campus. I took a bunch of people to the gender and queer conference at Hampshire this term and that was a wonderful way to spend part of my weekend! If you have any other questions or just want to chat about this more, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I can only speak for myself, but I have felt very accepted here. I have enjoyed meaningful conversations with friends, events through SWAG (Sexual Wellness Awareness Group) that have opened my eyes to other conversations, and finding general acceptance of various identities on campus.
While we don’t have specifics on cases or the consequences from them, we do have several groups on campus that are working to prevent, bring awareness and react to sexual harassment and assault in the campus community. Check out our student handbook, Sexual Harassment Advisors, or you can email email@example.com for more information on the Sexual Wellness Awareness Group. We have a wonderful staff of Campus Safety Officers who are always around and invested in our safety and are prepared to respond to any situation.
Hi! Lucky you, our bookstore just went online this year and has a few different tshirts, sweatshirts, hats and other things available for online purchase. When I got in, I had to call the bookstore and order a sweatshirt over the phone. Or rather, my mom did as a surprise for me. And then ordered herself two sweatshirts and a hat. So guess who has the most Bennington swag in my household?
-India K, ‘12
P.S. Sorry for the “WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE” anecdote…