There are various opportunities to get involved with the LGBTQ community of St. Lawrence University and the local area through organizations ranging from student-run groups to community advocacy organizations. This page includes a list of campus and community organizations available for getting involved in the LGBTQ community of St. Lawrence University and the local area.
On-Campus Student Group
Currently, St. Lawrence University has one student-run LGBTQ advocacy group. This student group meets regularly throughout the semester and participates in various events such as Pride Week. All students are encouraged to get involved.
Spectrum Pride Alliance
Spectrum is a group whose mission is facilitating a stronger LGBTQ community on St. Lawrence’s Campus that works towards having a safe, inclusive, and informed campus for all people. This group hopes to provide space for people to share their views, ask questions, and find resources. These resources include pamphlets, books, web information, and a sense of community to provide support. Activism is also a major component of any social justice group or organization. For Spectrum this means raising awareness around LGBTQ people and issues, joining other social movements in solidarity with their cause, and representing those who historically have had their voices silenced. Spectrum is a place for all people regardless of age, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, or spirituality.
Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley
The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley is a consortium of local colleges and universities. The consortium has four members: SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, and St. Lawrence University. Along with St. Lawrence University, the member institutions have student-run LGBTQ advocacy groups that are frequently involved in the local LGBTQ community.
SUNY Canton - Spectrum
PFLAG Canton/St. Lawrence County
The St. Lawrence County chapter of this national support and advocacy organization meets regularly in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 1/2 East Main Street.
Phone: 315-265-2422 (Reachout)
PrismNY is the Northern New York's LGBT Concerns Group. It is a member organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Prism meets monthly and provides LGBT people with a place to meet, communicate, and promote self-identity and awareness.
Phone: 315-265-2422 (Reachout)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Canton, NY
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton is a Welcoming Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Both the local church and the UUA fully support the rights and worth of GLBT people, and are active in the freedom to marry movement. The ministers perform services of union and child dedication ceremonies for same-sex couples. The church welcomes GLBT people into full participation in all programs and staffing, and the religious education program celebrates all families. With roots in liberal Protestantism, Unitarian Universalism now draws on wisdom from all the world’s religions, and from nature, science, art, and each person’s own experience. Sunday worship services begin at 10:30 a.m.