LGBT Center

Every year, a student gives remarks on the LGBT experience at CWRU. Below is a video of the remarks 2018 speaker Cameron Childers with introduction by LGBT Center Director Liz Roccoforte.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center exemplifies Case Western Reserve University’s commitment to serving its diverse student, staff and faculty populations. The space provides an inviting home to members of the LGBT and allied community interested in exploring and celebrating LGBTQIA identities. Beyond the student base, the LGBT Center also welcomes alumni, prospective students, staff and faculty. The LGBT Center is located at the heart of campus on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, situated as the first office greeting visitors entering through the Linsalata Entrance off Bellflower Road.  


The Lavender Graduation Ceremony first started at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. This annual event is a partnership between the LGBT Center, Pride Alumni Network, and the CWRU Alumni Association aimed at recognizing the experiences and contributions of graduating LGBTQ+ students of the university and its affiliated schools. 

The event features an address from President Barbara Snyder, remarks made by a student speaker, remarks from Deputy Provost Lynn Singer, the awarding of certificates to and cording of graduates, and the awarding of the Douglas W. Nock Endowed Scholarship, the Pride Alumni Student Leader Award, the Case Western Reserve University Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award, and the Prism Award.

SafeZone is a staff facilitated training conducted by the Case Western Reserve University LGBT Center aimed at educating the campus community on how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. 

The program was recently revamped to include three separate levels:

  • SafeZone Friend
  • SafeZone Advocate
  • SafeZone Champion

Learn more about SafeZone

Theta Pi Sigma on a rainbow background with their creed "Death Before Conformity"

Theta Pi Sigma is a gender-neutral all-inclusive queer Coed Greek life organization founded at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. The founders of the Alpha Chapter sought to "strengthen Greek life at the University of California, Santa Cruz by providing a vehicle for positive leadership, change, and growth" in the LGBTQ+ community. They sought "to provide further opportunity to obtain a well-rounded educational experience by offering leadership skills and the exposure needed to succeed financially, academically, socially, and culturally.”