Goals and Actions
- Create a safe haven/accessible resource for current Wheaton students who need someone to talk to without fear of judgment or reprisal.
- Foster dialogue between students.
- Offer differing perspectives and help counter the one-sided and often damaging rhetoric that comes out of the Evangelical tradition regarding LGBTQ identity.
- Celebrate the wide diversity of life experiences among students and alumni, and provide a platform for individuals to share their stories.
- Raise awareness within the Evangelical community regarding the struggles of LGBTQ students at Christian colleges and universities.
Here are some of the ways in which we carry out our mission and achieve our goals:
- Wrote and distributed The Letter [PDF] to students on the Wheaton College campus on April 29, 2011. Read full the story [PDF]. The Letter continues to be an important expression of OneWheaton’s purpose and mission. Alumni continue to add their names to the list of signatories to express solidarity.
- Publish the OneWheaton Newsletter.
- A monthly publication that includes profiles and news to celebrate major life milestones of LGBTQ and allied alumni, such as marriages, the birth / adoption of children and other important developments. The Wheaton College Alumni Association currently refuses to publish these types of announcements submitted by and about LGBTQ alumni.
- Organize and host the annual OneWheaton homecoming event.
- Provide travel scholarships for alumni wishing to attend but whose financial resources are limited.
- Provide scholarships to help students and alumni attend important events related to the intersection of LGBTQ identity and Christian faith, such as the annual Gay Christian Network conference, the Reformation Project conference, etc.
- Organize regional gatherings.
- Maintain the OneWheaton blog, Untold, as a place for students and alumni to share stories about their life journeys.
- Establish a network of local contacts in the Wheaton / Chicago area to provide current students with a safe haven/accessible resource to talk to without fear of judgment or reprisal.