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LGBTQ+ Alumni Network

Rainbow flag on Magill Walk

There are very few permanent identities—the LGBTQ+ Alumni Network honors the shared history of queer alumni with the lifelong experience of being a Swarthmore alum. 

"Why I want the network among gay and lesbian Swarthmoreans is probably similar to why anyone wants an alumni group...we want connections with people who share our experiences." —Kate Wilson '84 in a 1987 letter to Diane Wilder '83, assistant director of Alumni Relations

Read more about the first Lesbian and Gay Alumni Network in the Winter 2017 Edition of the Swarthmore Bulletin. 

Who we are

The Swarthmore LGBTQ+ Alumni Network is composed of alumni and friends of Swarthmore College who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or as any other minoritized gender, sexual, or romantic representation. The LGBTQ+ Alumni Network supports Swarthmore's core value commitment to "our diverse and vibrant community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni." 

We support and improve campus and alumni community commitments to diversity, inclusivity, and continued education.

The LGBTQ+ Alumni Network is an alumni-focused affinity group, but is welcoming to all students, family members, and College faculty/staff community members and allies. Membership in the network is self-identified and community based. The network partners with the Intercultural Center on student programming initiatives. 

Meet the LGBTQ+ Alumni Network Volunteers

Connect with us

Connect with the Swarthmore LGBTQ+ Alumni Network through our Facebook or LinkedIn groups, reach out to a member of the Steering Committee, or contact staff liaison Caitlin Halloran Edwards (pronouns: she/her/hers), assistant director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, at or 610-328-8412.