Initiatives

Initiatives

The Gender & Sexuality Center aims to promote a campus environment that is inclusive of student’s gender identities and expressions, and allows for expression and exploration of gender. The center intends to create safer spaces for students by supporting students’ exploration of their identity, and advocate for campus inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community at Rowan. The staff of the Center works to fulfill its goals through advocacy for campus inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community at Rowan and by providing relevant training opportunities to students, faculty, and staff.  Programs and initiatives of the Center will advance understanding and appreciation for all gender identities and expressions. 

Programs & Initiatives

SJICR Kick Off & Student Org. Fair
Celebration during Welcome Week to learn more about SJICR and Rowan's 50+ Cultural and Identity based student organizations on campus.  Free food, music, photobooth and prizes!
 
Women of Color Collective
This group aims to create space for women of color to come together and connect with one another to examine how social justice can be incorporated into their everyday lives and experiences including advocacy, allyship, and understanding the ways in which systemic oppression affects their experiences, and how to care for each other. The Women of Color Collective seeks to engage students in conversations that provide thought-provoking questions and discussions around marginalized identities, well-being and self-care, social justice, and women of color as a diverse and whole community of people. Within the group, individuals will be able to examine how their own experiences align and differ from cultural and societal expectations of women of color, and how to critically engage with, embrace, resist, and/or subvert cultural and societal expectations.
 
NCOW Fest
This week-long program highlights and celebrates LGBTQIA+ people including their accomplishments while recognizing the issues folks still face and highlighting how our campus is diversifying what it means to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
 
Politics of Black and Brown Hair
Black and Brown hair, intentional or not, is both a social and political statement. Whether covered with a Hijab, straightened, natural, or out of a bag, hair is both glory and contested bodily space for Black and Brown folks. Join us for a day dedicated to Black & Brown hair, filled with conversations, workshops, a keynote, student panel, raffles and much more!
 
Big Gay Brunch
In celebration of National Coming Out Week, the LGBTQIA+ Center @ SJICR hosts The Big Gay Brunch! Enjoy some good food, people, and conversation! 
 
Trans Week of Awareness
Trans week of awareness serves as a week-long programming and event celebration where community members can participate in a variety of campus wide events which seek to raise awareness about issues facing trans people and create a more inclusive and equitable campus environment for trans folks and how in doing so, benefits everyone.
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is “an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.” Come learn about those whose lives have ended too soon and what you can do to help prevent such senseless loss of lives.
 
Women's History Month Netflix Watch Party
Join SJICR for a watch party and discussion for Women's History Month!
 
Pride Fest
A big celebration on the bunce green before “Gaypril”  to show solidarity and support of the LGBTQIA+ Community with food trucks, music, and tabling organizations. The evening will go on till Bunce is illuminated in pride colors.
 
Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony for LGBTQIA+ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Rowan University.
 

Trainings & Resources

Safe Zone Training

Gender Inclusive Restrooms
There are several gender inclusive restrooms on campus for use by everyone.  Click here for a reference map.
 
 
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