The University of St. Thomas Queer Straight Alliance, formerly known as Allies, is a group that fosters respect and equality for LGBTQ+ individuals and supporters within the University of St. Thomas community.
QSA serves as a safe space for individuals and an educational resource for LGBTQ issues. QSA promotes the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.
Our mission statement, taken from the original Allies Constitution, is as follows:
"In order to promote a more respectful and open campus that supports fostering the full development of the individual, The University of St. Thomas Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) is dedicated to the support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The membership will educate themselves about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and how these issues intersect with issues of heterosexuality, the country, the campus, and ourselves. in doing so, QSA will support thoughtful dialogue between group members and the rest of the St. Thomas community. The membership of the group is committed to being a forum for addressing obliterating the silence that surrounds these issues. QSA strives to foster an environment of inclusiveness where valuing the unique qualities of every individual is essential. QSA is committed to further the mission and convictions of the university, particularly in its efforts to respond appropriately to changes in its environment and to foster the total development of the student within a supportive campus environment."
UST QSA meets every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 PM in Scooter's, unless stated otherwise. Please see our Google Calendar under "Upcoming Events" for the most up to date information on our events and whereabouts!