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The Intercultural Center (IC) is the direct resource area for all allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ&Q) community. As a partner in RWU's examination of our global society, our office works support students and to raise issues related to the LGBTQ&Q community.

Advocates

The office serves as a practical resource and support for the Sexual Advocacy for Everyone (SAFE) student club. We also work to support individual LGBTQ&Q students, faculty and staff through recognition, programming and referral.

International and Multicultural Student Affairs serves as the main conduit to create a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of student diversity in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

The office creates this campus environment through:

  • Creating a welcoming environment for all people interested in developing their understanding of LGBTQ&Q 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 LGBTQ&Q student population
  • Celebrating how differences in the LGBTQ&Q student population can enrich campus and local communities
  • Providing direct service to LGBTQ&Q 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 LGBTQ&Q issues
  • Conducting on-going needs assessment, campus climate assessments and regular evaluations of the Office and its services.

Hawk Ally Program               

The Hawk Ally Program is designed to educate administrators, staff and faculty about the experiences and concerns of LGBTQ members of our community as well as provide tools for creating supportive environments for LGBTQ students.

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 LGBTQ 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.