LGBTQIAP+ Student Life

At Roger Williams, we work with and support students to raise awareness and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, or questioning (LGBTQIAP+) people. Through the Intercultural Center (IC) we offer a direct resource area for all members of the LGBTQIAP+ communities and their allies. The office is a key component in implementing RWU's examination of our global society.

Roger Williams University is committed to ensuring our LGBTQIAP+ students, faculty, staff, and administrators are protected on campus. Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are included in our University Non-Discrimination Policy

The IC and LGBTQ Programs seek to create a safe and affirming campus environment for our LGBTQIAP+ communities through:

  • Creating a welcoming environment for all people interested in developing their understanding of LGBTQIAP+ issues
  • Helping students to build communities of care, inclusion, support and trust
  • Recognizing and exploring the ability, age, ethnicity, gender, health, language, national origin, race, religion and socioeconomic differences in the LGBTQIAP+ student population
  • Celebrating how differences in the LGBTQIAP+ student population can enrich campus and local communities
  • Providing direct service to LGBTQIAP+ students and their allies in the forms of advising, advocacy, referral, education and training, event sponsorship and co-sponsorship and leadership development
  • Providing resources to faculty, staff, University offices and others interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and supportive of LGBTQIAP+ issues
  • Conducting on-going needs assessment, campus climate assessments and regular evaluations of the Office and its services.

 

Safe Zone Program               

The Safe Zone Program is designed to educate administrators, staff, faculty, and students about the experiences and concerns of LGBTQIAP+ members of our community as well as provide tools for creating supportive environments for LGBTQIAP+ people.

Look for staff and faculty with a rainbow hawk sticker on their desk or office area. These faculty and staff have participated in Safe Zone training and have committed to being allies to LGBTQIAP+ students. You can also meet OUT faculty and staff at RWU, by visiting OutRWU's wepage, our affinity group for faculty and staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

Student Involvement and Advocacy

Sexual Advocacy for Everyone (SAFE) is a student club comprised of LGBTQIAP+ identified students and their allies that is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of and awareness for LGBTQIAP+ issues on and off campus. SAFE hosts a number of events throughout the academic year including RWU Coming Out Week, Trans Week of Remembrance, World AIDS Day Drag Bingo, and Pride Week. If you are interested in learning more about the club or getting involved with SAFE, please contact the executive board at rwusafe@g.rwu.edu

RWU Coming Out Week

Each year in October, RWU celebrates Coming Out Day! For the past several years, colleges across the country and around the world have celebrated National Coming Out Day to celebrate individuals who identify as LGBTQIAP+.

Each year, activities may vary, but RWU Coming Out Day is planned by a committe of staff from the Intercultural Center and students. Past activities have included: RWU OUTFest with free giveaways, food and more, a Coming Out open-mic event featuring student performers and a chance for students to tell your own “Coming Out” story, a group photo of the LGBTQIAP+ community and allies, and a candlelight vigil. Want to be involved in planning RWU Coming Out Day? Contact Gabby Porcaro at gporcaro@rwu.edu.