LGBTQ at Hartwick

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging supports you and is here to make sure you feel supported and that you matter at Hartwick. Our students hail from all corners of the earth, and each carries with them their own understanding and expression of their personal gender and sexuality. We honor and celebrate these as critical components of our engaged, inclusive community.

At Hartwick, we strive to provide an environment that promotes academic and personal growth and development of LGBTQ and Ally community members on our campus, to assure unrestricted access to all aspects of the college, and to serve as a vehicle for the creation of a campus environment free from prejudice, bigotry, harassment, and violence and hospitable for all members.

Student Organizations

Student organizations also provide a great way to meet other LGBTQ students and allies. Get involved socially or politically. Check out the student organization, Hartwick Identity Alliance (HIA), Hartwick’s LGBTQ & Ally student organization. HIA has meeting space located on the 5th floor of Dewar Union, join HIA in making it the perfect space for you.

Pride Communities

Hartwick offers a variety of themed housing options where you can live and engage with like minded individuals. There is a Pride Community option in Van Ess Hall and a P.R.I.D.E. themed floor in Oyaron House.


Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging sponsors events for the entire campus community. Stop by the DIB Suite on the 4th floor of Dewar Union to visit us. Find all our events on Hartlink.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides FREE confidential support to Hartwick students. Located in the Parrella Health Center, the Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students may call 607-431-4420 or email for for an appointment.

If experiencing a crisis, the Counseling Center can be available 24/7 by calling the main Hartwick phone number at 607-431-4000/4200.

Name Changes

Students seeking to change their name while at Hartwick may do so by completing the Student Information Change request form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar.

Local Resources

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project
124 Front St. Binghamton NY 13905

Pride Center of the Capital Region
332 Hudson Ave Albany, NY 12210
518-462-6138 add link

First Unitarian Universalist Society (religious support)

Gender Wellness Center
FoxCare Suite 103
5432 State Highway 7, Oneonta, NY

Bassett Healthcare Network Transgender Health Service

Family Planning
37 Dietz Street
Oneonta, NY 13820


National Resources - Coming Out

Coming out is a process of open-mindedness and understanding the value of one’s sexual or gender identity. This process happens in a variety of ways and occurs at different ages for different people. Generally, coming out includes both seeking and sharing one’s identity, and it is a very personal experience. Coming out can be one of the most empowering and satisfying decisions a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person can make.

If you’re thinking of coming out, keep these things in mind and please review the following resources. We have professional staff who can meet individually with students who are dealing with coming out to themselves, roommates, family, faculty, and friends.

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Staff

Alicia Richardson

College Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Officer

Biama Charles

Deputy DEIB Officer & Founding Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

Samantha Lara

Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging


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4th Floor
Hartwick College
Oneonta, New York 13820