Support Services Available on Campus

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

Just last month, a nationwide survey found that gay college students experienced significantly greater harassment and discrimination.

Mary Baldwin College is an all-women's campus but, Samantha Dorsey, a student at the College, says they support diversity.

"We support all of our women here, especially being an all-girls college, we definitely support all of our women," says Dorsey. "And "Souls" does an awesome job of promoting the amazing things about the gay and lesbian community that we have here."

Students say posters are a simple and effective way to learn about groups on campus.

"There are definitely a lot of resources for you," says Dorsey. "There are groups you can get into. And there's constant reinforcement that you can always go somewhere and get help. And once you know that it's out there and there are resources for you, you can go to them and you be in a community where you can get help."

Rachel Camprise, another student at Mary Baldwin, says that even if a student doesn't suffer from harrassment, the typical stress of college can be overwhelming.

"This is the first time a lot of them have lived away from home," says Camprise. "It's a very different setting to go from being a high school student to being a college student and dealing with different pressures and a different support structure. It's important for them to realize that they're not alone."

Rachel says she thinks Mary Baldwin does its best to welcome all students to campus.

"I feel like it's a very inclusive campus," says Camprise. "We have male students perhaps, even though it's an all female campus that are in our classes either through the ADP program or the grad program."

Both girls say that no matter what is troubling a student at Mary Baldwin, help is available on campus and often just a phone call away.


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