The Queer and Trans Resource and Advocacy Center
The Queer and Trans Resource and Advocacy Center (Q TRAC) is located in the heart of RWU's campus, adjacent to the 9, 10, 11 Tower of Maple Hall. The Q TRAC houses our LGBTQIAP+ student organization, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) and two clubs that are committed to various issues facing womyn in the world, FEM Society and the Women's Collective.
The Q TRAC 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 Q TRAC 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 Q TRAC 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.
As an extension of Roger Williams University’s Intercultural Center, the Q TRAC 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.