building a princeton community where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities feel heard, affirmed, valued, and respected
Princeton University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center is by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, asexual, and ally members of the Princeton University community.
The LGBT Center works to create an affirming and equitable campus environment through educational opportunities and advocacy.
We strive to improve the Princeton University campus climate by coordinating efforts across campus, providing programming and outreach to students, staff, and faculty, and working to ensure the inclusion and integration of LGBTQA issues campus wide. Our goal is to ensure the advancement of our students’ academic pursuits by creating an open and affirming environment void of LGBTQA bias, racism, classism and other forms of discrimination.
By providing educational and social programming, trainings and consultation, and one-on-one support, the LGBT Center serves the entire campus community.
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THE LGBT CENTER PROVIDES
— Support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual and ally members of the Princeton University community
— Educational, social, and supportive programming by, for, and about the LGBTQA community
— An affirming and supportive place to discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity one-on-one or in groups
— An extensive programming calendar with weekly events ranging from lectures and lunch discussions to films and performance artists
— LGBT Center Resource Room and Library with a multitude of books, periodicals, films, and brochures
— Referrals for all things LGBTQA-related, both on campus and in surrounding communities
— On-going training sessions and consultation about homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and other LGBTQA issues and concerns
— Opportunities for dialogue and academic pursuits about LGBTQA topics
— Workstations for the many campus LGBTQA organizations
— Rainbow Lounge for programs, meetings, hanging out, and studying
— Seating area in front of the Center available for informal meetings and studying and is accessible after hours
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY
The LGBT Center embraces and values Princeton's Statement on Diversity and Community, which is a foundation for our mission, programming, and services. Princeton's Statement on Diversity and Community from Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities is as follows. Click here to read more.
In 1989, the offices of the Dean of the Chapel and the Dean of Student Life began hiring graduate students to help organize LGBT student activities. Princeton University became the sixth university in the country to create an LGBT coordinator position.
This internship evolved into a full-time professional position in 2001, which became known as the LGBT Student Services Coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Over the years, many students and staff recognized the need for a dedicated LGBT center at Princeton and worked hard to make this dream a reality. In the summer of 2005, the LGBT Student Services office evolved into the LGBT Center, and Debbie Bazarsky (LGBT Student Services Coordinator, 2001-2005), moved into a new role as The LGBT Center Director (2005-2015). Matt Carcella was hired as the first LGBT Center Program Coordinator (2005-2009). Construction for the new LGBT Center began in October 2005, and the beautiful new Center opened its doors in March 2006. In 2009, Matthew Armstead served as the second LGBT Center Program Coordinator (2009-2013), and Andy Cofino now serves as LGBT Center Program Coordinator (2013-Present).
Judy Jarvis was hired as the LGBT Center Director in January of 2016. For more history of the office and Center advocacy by students and employees, ask the LGBT Center staff for access to our in-depth history narrative.