Student Ambassador Personal Statement William Paterson LGBTQ+ students deserve to have fun, educational and safe places they can go to on campus where they can freely express who they are. They should be supported in their right to have events that make them feel welcome and create educational spaces for the WPU community. LGBTQ Programs Mission As a part of its commitment to promote a sage, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all genders, the Women’s Center through its LGBT Programs strives to support the experiences and serve the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community; foster a safer campus community by initiating and endorsing advocacy initiatives aimed to reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia; and empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) students through education, programming, training, resources and advocacy initiatives. LGBTQ Programs Goals Working collaboratively with on and off campus services, programs, and student organization, through its LGBT Programs the Women’s Center strives to: Support all individuals across spectrums of gender, sexual and romantic identities. Initiate and support the development and implementation of programs that expand leadership development, intercultural competencies and support achievement towards intellectual, professional and personal goals. Advocate and support inclusive events, policies, practices and services. Connect students to existing campus and community resources and services. Emphasize and celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community. Provide training opportunities to foster a network of affirming allies who promote a campus environment that is safer, inclusive and welcoming to all LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff. LGBTQ Programs Vision The Women’s Center, through its LGBT Programs envisions a university campus where individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, ages, nationalities, socioeconomic status, religions, racial and ethnic identities are respected and valued; where the community works collectively for diversity and inclusion and against inequity, injustice and violence; and where all individuals feel safe, supported and empowered to pursue their intellectual, professional, and personal goals.