Our Voices Matter: Stories from UD’s LGBTQ+ Students

Our Voices Matter: Stories from UD’s LGBTQ+ Students



Heather Ashley, Morgan Couture, Elizabeth Gallagher, Leo Holbrook, Brian Kizer, Christopher Peck, Christina Reynolds, Rebecca Trumbull, Angela Weiland


This presentation was given live via Zoom at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: UDI 404



LGBTQ+ students often rely on their found families at college to be able to truly express their identities and have people who understand what they are going through. During a time of physical distancing, many students have been separated from their found families. In addition, they may be in spaces where they cannot freely express themselves or do not have a proper support system. Our Voices Matter highlights the voices of LGBTQ+-identifying students and their narratives. We have collected anonymously-submitted narratives pertaining to the themes of found family and community during the current pandemic. These will be shared by volunteer members of the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the stories they have heard, and to identify ways they can act in solidarity with UD’s LGBTQ+ students. This is the third annual Our Voices Matter event, and the first year that it will be facilitated as a part of the Stander Symposium.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Laura Gentner Hutchinson

Primary Advisor's Department

The Brook Center


Stander Symposium project, Student Development, Multidisciplinary

Our Voices Matter: Stories from UD’s LGBTQ+ Students