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You Are Welcome Here

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What is the "You Are Welcome Here" campaign?

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You can download this, print it, and post it yourself, OR email with your contact information and we will interdepartmental mail you one.

The "You Are Welcome Here" campaign strives to create a more welcoming campus environment. It is a way to show that Woods Hole is a welcoming community for everyone. 

The campaign asks WHOI and Woods Hole research community scientists, staff, and students to consider posting a “You are Welcome Here” sign in a visible location. By posting the sign, individuals are affirming that they:

  1. Will avoid heterosexist assumptions, confront homophobia, and use inclusive language;
  2. Believe that our campus is enriched by the inclusion of LBGT people; and
  3. Will refer individuals to the glow@WHOI and other appropriate resources.

Individuals who post the "You are Welcome Here" placard agree to the statements above and are working to create a more welcoming environment, but have not been trained in LGBT-related issues. The YAWH campaign is based on the "Safe Space" campaigns at other universities and communities across the USA. Our YAWH campaign is based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's YAWH program (

YAWH Placards

You can download a placard from the website or email to ask us to interdepartmental mail you one. 

Although we currently only have a YAWH placard for WHOI, we are happy to work with members of the Woods Hole research community to expand the campaign. 

JP Student Resources @ MIT

LGBT@MIT has compiled an extensive list of resources for the MIT and Greater Boston community available online here:

If you need further resources, check out the Institution Resources and Community Resources pages.

Last updated: November 14, 2014

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