Gender and Sexuality Center

The Gender & Sexuality Center is located in the heart of RWU's campus, adjacent to the 9, 10, 11 Tower of Maple Hall. The Gender & Sexuality Center houses our LGBTQIAP+ student club, Sexual Advocacy for Everyone (SAFE) and two clubs that are committed to various issues facing womyn in the world, FEM Society and the Women's Collective.

The Gender and Sexuality Center is an extension of the Intercultural Center and shares in its commitment to anti-racist, anti-ableist, and social justice centered programming. As a new space, the GSC is dedicated to centering queerness by promoting gender equity and fostering deeper learning with regard to the full spectrum of romantic and sexual orientations.

Gender equity once referred solely to equity for cisgender women in a world that privileges cisgender men. Today, gender equity speaks to work that uplifts and centers the voices and the needs of our transgender communities in all of our work towards ending genderism, trans oppression, and heterosexism on our campus.
Additionally, by centering queerness in our understanding of romantic and sexual orientations, the GSC is well positioned to create opportunities to make tangible changes towards challenging heteronormativity on our campus.

The span of individuals and communities that do not identify with normative understandings of gender identity and romantic and sexual orientations are vast. There are deep complexities, yet beauty, in our knowledge and awareness of these various communities. We trust that, over time, the work of our team and our students will help to establish new cultural norms that will pave a clear path toward progress and positive campus culture for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender noncomforming, non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, demisexual, pansexual, and queer students, faculty, and staff.

 

Mission Statement

As an extension of Roger Williams University’s Intercultural Center, the GSC serves as the central hub for individual students, student clubs, and University Organizations that are dedicated to advancing gender equity and undoing heteronormativity on and off campus though programming, support, and co-curricular projects.