Gay-Straight Coalition (GSC)

GSC members

The Gay-Straight Coalition (GSC) is a group of students, faculty, and staff working together to build upon the Augustinian concept of community. In particular, the GSC seeks to foster understanding of sexual orientation within a Catholic Judeo-Christian environment.

We believe that homophobia is best overcome through the collaboration of both gay and straight people working together.  Our organization is open to any students willing to help us to achieve this goal.

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 residence halls activities. Please consider joining to share your ideas!

GSC Goals

  • To educate the Villanova community regarding issues of sexual orientation
  • To foster a welcoming community for gay and lesbian students
  • To combat homophobic attitudes on campus

It Gets Better

The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. 

gay-straight coalition

Help the GSC in its campaign to eliminate homophobia from our campus and create a welcoming community for all students.  To join us, contact Kathy Byrnes by phone or email.
[610] 519–4550

Or contact the GSC at


Thursday, April 9, 6:00 p.m., Health Services Building, Room 200

Join us for good conversation, pizza and wings! All are welcome!









Whether you would like more information, feel uncomfortable in a situation, or if you have witnessed an act of discrimination, please reach out to the following 
On-campus Resources

Other Resources

It Gets Better Project
Human Rights Campaign

The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Spring 2015.

The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress. 

The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2015 Conference. Applications for Spring 2015 are due Monday, October 27 – find out more and apply now.  The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.

Kathy Byrnes
Associate V.P. for Student Life
Gay-Straight Coalition Chairperson

Fr. Joe Calderone, O.S.A.
Campus Ministry                                       

Tom Mogan
Director of Student Development

Stacy Andes
Director, Office of Health Promotion

Nancy Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D.
College of Nursing       

Heidi Rose, Ph.D.
Communication Department

John P. Edwards, Ph.D.
Campus Ministry

Bernard Gallagher, Ph.D.
Sociology Department  

Christine Albert 2015
College of Arts & Sciences

Olivia Bickel 2016
College of Arts & Sciences

Beatriz Cabello 2016
College of Arts & Sciences

Diego Ceron Bardales 2016
College of Arts & Sciences

Nikki Jeter 2016
College of Nursing

Mike Kaufman 2016
School of Business

Daniel Shea 2016
College of Arts & Sciences