In Spring 2010, the first IvyQ conference was hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference lasted three days, attracting queer students and allies from all eight Ivy League schools. The conference has grown in size and scale each year since, attracting over 400 students at Columbia University in 2011 and almost 500 at Brown University in 2012. This year, IvyQ will be hosted at Yale University, from February 7-10, 2013.
IvyQ is a conference which aims to create a pan-Ivy community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine their identities, value those of others, and understand intersectionality. The steps to achieving this vision are three-fold: creating experiences which foster meaningful and productive social networks; educating students about the history and multiplicity of voices in the LGBTQ movement and the possible trajectories of its future; and empowering all students to feel confident in their identities and their potential to instill positive change in their own lives and the communities they inhabit. IvyQ stresses the acknowledgment and application of privilege for positive and lasting social change for LGBTQ communities.