Mission & Objectives

Spring day outside

To build upon the Augustinian concept of community, this group's mission is to increase awareness and recognition of diversity and, in particular, to foster understanding of sexual orientation within a Catholic Judeo-Christian environment.

To accomplish this, the group's objectives are:

  • To present an environment that does not make assumptions about its members with regard to sexual orientation and/or gender;
  • To promote a tolerant atmosphere at Villanova for people of all sexual orientations through education;
  • To foster discussion on issues related to sexual orientation;
  • To provide support for people with friends and family who are of a minority sexual orientation; and
  • To acknowledge and respect the values and beliefs of the Villanova community as a Catholic and Augustinian university.


Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8
Speak Week from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., - Oreo

Wednesday, April 9
Inside Out Faith with Jennifer Knapp, 8:00 p.m., Cinema, Connelly Center

Thursday, April 24
GSC Panel - Straight Talk About Being Gay, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., East Lounge, Dougherty Hall

Inside Out Faith Poster

How to Join?

To join in helping the GSC achieve its goals, please feel free to contact Kathy Byrnes via email or at 610-519-4550. Emails may also be sent directly to gay-straight@villanova.edu.

How Can You Get Involved?

The GSC is open to all students interested in helping the group achieve its goals. We believe that homophobia is best overcome through the collaboration of both gay and straight people working together.

The GSC offers numerous programming opportunities to the campus community to inform, as well as change, attitudes regarding homosexuality. While always looking for innovative ideas from current and new members, some of the programming includes: panel discussions, guest speakers, movies, and programs in the residence halls.

Please consider joining to share your ideas!

GSC Events

Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hosting a table at the Oreo - spreading awareness about Sexual and Gender based violence

Wednesday, April 9, Cinema, Connelly Center at 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Knapp will host her Inside Out Faith Tour which is an effort to create a postive and constructive dialogue on behalf of LGBT people of faith.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., East Lounge, Dougherty Hall