Resources for LGBTQ Students

Counseling Center

The Counseling Service in the Counseling Center is the primary campus provider of free and confidential therapy to help UMD students manage personal, social, and academic challenges. Staffed primarily by licensed psychologists, the Counseling Service also conducts campus outreach presentations, provides emergency response services, and assists with referrals to off-campus mental health providers. 
Group Counseling for:

  • Graduate Diversity Discussion
  • Circle of Sisters
  • LGBTQIA Support
  • International Students

LGBT Equity Center

The LGBT Equity Center serves University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The Center offers training, resources and referrals through its Speaker’s Bureau. 
Signature Programming and Initiatives

  • Rainbow Terrapin Network
  • Lavender Graduation
  • Hearth Retreat
  • Lavender Leadership Retreat
  • Quelcome
  • The One Project

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

The professional team works to define and investigate misconduct on campus with the campus community. The office offers training and resources in addition to advising unclear situations.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides active oversight, coordination, and evaluation of the University of Maryland’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities; manages and tracks implementation of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of units to achieve their diversity goals.

Smith Pride Alliance

The Smith Pride Alliance (SPA) is an affinity group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Masters Students and their Allies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. We facilitate social, academic, and professional opportunities for members of our community and their allies, while creating an inclusive environment on campus.

Trans Awareness Project

The Rainbow Terrapin Network is UMD's campus-wide educational and transformational initiative for LGBTQ+ equity.  The Smith School has been a partner on upcoming programming and assessment of campus resources for the community. This fall, the committee is launching the #TransTerps Awareness Project.  Programming and initiatives fall into three main areas of focus:

  1. Training & Events
  2. Good Practices for Inclusion
  3. Resources & Policies

Trans Resources & Policies

The University of Maryland is committed to creating and maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The LGBT Equity Center is committed to assisting transgender students, staff, and faculty as they interact with all units of the University of Maryland. For more information about the services offered by the university, please send an email to to arrange an appointment.

University Health Center

The University Health Center maintains a web page about LGBT health. Health Center staff are available to discuss issues and additional resources including: Men’s Health Center, Women’s Health Center and issues specific to the trans community.