Five College Organizations

Hampshire College

Queer Community Alliance

The Queer Community Alliance Center (QCAC), located in Prescott House, is a part of the department of community advocacy in the division of student affairs and is overseen by Hampshire College Queer Services. They strive to support a vibrant and intentional LGBTQ+ community by offering support and affirmation around gender, sexuality, and intersecting identities. 

Holyoke Community College

Rainbow Forward

The purpose of Rainbow Forward is to support all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight ally persons, and to help in the elimination, through education, of homophobia and heterosexism on the HCC campus by bringing together the LGBTQ+ and straight communities.

Mount Holyoke College

Jeannette Marks House

The Jeannette Marks House (the Marks), located at 5 Faculty Lane, provides a safe space and community center for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty. Members of the community use the center to meet, hold events and take advantage of resources such as the queer-friendly library. 


A confidential support network that serves self-identified LGBTQ people of color in the Five College community, FAMILIA aims to increase the visibility of LGBTQ students of color and to heighten awareness by creating a space for open dialogue. 

Mount Holyoke Lyon's Pride

A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer alumnae/alumni, students, faculty and staff of
Mount Holyoke College and their partners.

Smith College

Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender

Located in the basement of Wesley House, the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender is overseen by the Office for Equity and Inclusion. They provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ Smithies to connect, have some fun, and find resources! 
Phone: 413-585-6014

Prism: Queer Students of Color 

A community-based organization for queer and trans students of color at Smith College. 

Asexual & Aromantic Community and Education Club

The Asexual and Aromantic Community and Education club (AACE) is a club at Smith College that provides education, resources, and community for folks who identify with the asexual and/or aromantic spectra, and those who want to learn more about these identities.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Stonewall Center

The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. They also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. 

Queer-E list-serv  

Emailed to more than 1,300 subscribers weekly, Queer-e is the Pioneer Valley’s best source for information about local LGBTQIA+ and allies events and activities. Queer-e includes information about events, group meetings, volunteer needs, community resources, and other activities of interest to the LGBTQIA+ and allied community. During the academic year (September – May), Queer-e is sent out each Monday. More frequent emails may be sent when something urgent arises that affects the local LGBTQIA+ and allied community. 

UMass Pride Alliance

The UMass Pride Alliance is the oldest queer RSO on the UMass Amherst campus since its initial founding as a branch of the Gay Activist Alliance. Over the years, the UMass GAA/Pride Alliance has been a space for organizing, advocacy, support, discussion, and community for queer students at UMass and across the five colleges. Continuing in this tradition, the UMass Pride Alliance strives to connect queer students with their heritage, history, and community while also advocating to improve queer life on campus and in the surrounding Five College area.