Student Life

Queer Resource Center

The mission of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to support the queer and trans students of Amherst College. The QRC seeks to empower the lives of queer and trans students and provide a safe, intentional, open, and confidential atmosphere where students can gather openly and discuss relevant issues/topics. Through dynamic programming and educational outreach, the QRC seeks to improve the campus climate for queer and trans students and advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community.

Women's and Gender Center

The Women’s and Gender Center seeks to foster a critical awareness of gender and create an intentional space, accessible to students of all genders, that will serve as a resource and forum for topics and issues related specifically to women and, more broadly, to the experience of gender. The Center promotes learning about and exploring gender through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, and discussion across difference. Visit the webpage here

TransActive Support Group

Weekly support group created for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students at the Five Colleges and in the Amherst community. Email TransActive for more information. Closed Facebook group:

Pride Alliance

Queer and trans student organization of Amherst College. Facebook group:

Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Group

New group created to support queer and trans people of color at the Five Colleges. Email the QRC for more information.

Queer Talk

Weekly program in the QRC co-sponsored by the Counseling Center, facilitated by Dr. Darien.

  • Darien's clinical interests are varied and include sexual orientation, gender and coming-out issues, conflicts around race, culture and ethnicity, body-image issues, stress/anxiety management and trauma.