News

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Trans Students in Light of Federal Guideline Roll-Back

A Message from the LGBT Center Director

Dear LGBTQIA community,

I know many of us were disheartened, outraged and frustrated to see the news last night/this morning about the Trump Administration rolling back trans-related Title IX guidance that had been issued by the Obama Administration in 2015 and 2016 (more detail here).

But I wanted to get in touch with you all to let you know that NOTHING will change about the support Princeton University provides for transgender and non-binary students. In fact, this news makes many of us motivated to work harder for trans and non-binary students. Our non-discrimination policy includes gender identity and expression and will continue to. Our new gender-inclusive housing policy will remain and our ongoing work on increasing the number of gender-inclusive restrooms will continue. The recent student and employee health plan expansions to gender-affirming surgeries and procedures will remain. Our colleagues in Title IX, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Campus Life and the sibling Centers (Carl A. Fields, LGBT and Women*s) will continue to advocate for equitable trans-related policies and remain strong partners to the work of the LGBT Center. Our Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is currently finalizing an FAQ to further clarify how the university will continue to support trans and non-binary students, and I will share it over the listserv and on our website very soon.

The news about this roll-back may be confusing, therefore I encourage you all to read more. One thing to underscore from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s FAQ on this news is:

“[I]t’s important to remember that—with or without the guidance—transgender students are protected under Title IX. The guidance itself didn’t change the law or create protections for transgender students that weren’t there before. It just clarified how the Department of Education would be enforcing existing laws.Even though the guidance has been withdrawn, that doesn’t change the fact that under Title IX, transgender students have a right to be treated according to their gender identity, including when it comes to restroom access. And in addition to protections under Title IX, transgender students are also protected by the U.S. Constitution and, in many states, by state laws and policies protecting them in schools.”

Lastly, we at the LGBT Center are here for all of our trans and non-binary undergraduates, graduate students and employees. Please write to me (jj20@princeton.edu) or Andy (acofino@princeton.edu) to set up a time to meet so we can hear how you’re doing and support you in any way we can. If you are a trans, non-binary or questioning grad or undergrad student, we also welcome you to join the Gender Group—email acofino@princeton.edu for more information and to join the informal affinity discussion group.

In solidarity,
Judy Jarvis

A Message from the Carl A. Fields Center, LGBT Center, and Women*s Center

To our students,
 
The Diversity and Inclusion Centers firmly believe in the well-being and dignity of all people. Social justice is important to all of us, and thus we stand with all immigrants and refugees seeking solace in this country. We wish to offer support to all campus community members affected by the immigration policy put in place by the new President’s Executive Order. We understand that this policy adversely impacts our Muslim community and all people from the targeted countries listed in the travel ban.  This Executive Order has put the wellbeing and safety of our nation and communities more broadly in jeopardy. Many people are already being affected by this new policy and are at a heightened risk of violence and discrimination.
 
We understand the impact that this immigration ban is having on many individuals, and we cannot begin to comprehend the emotions felt. We assure you that the University administration is in conversation about the effects this policy has on our campus community, as well as how to best support those affected. Although we cannot change what has happened, we want you to know that each of our centers is open to anyone and all who wish to meet with us to hold space for your feelings, thoughts, and fears. We want to support you in whatever ways we can. Please find our contact information below, and do not hesitate to reach out to us. You belong here! You are welcomed here!
 
We also encourage you to seek support from the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion LaTanya Buck, Muslim Life Coordinator Imam Sohaib Sultan, the Davis International Center and the counselors and staff in Counseling and Psychological Services.

Carl A. Fields Center
Office Location: 58 Prospect Avenue
Phone: 609-258-5494
 
LGBT Center
Office Location: 246 Frist Campus Center
Phone: 609-258-1353
 
Women*s Center
Office Location: 243 Frist Campus Center
Phone: 609-258-5565
 
In solidarity,
Tennille Haynes, director of the Carl A. Fields Center
Valencia Constant, program coordinator of the Carl A. Fields Center
Judy Jarvis, director of the LGBT Center
Andy Cofino, program coordinator of the LGBT Center
Amada Sandoval, director of the Women*s Center
Jordan Dixon, program coordinator of the Women*s Center

VIDEO FROM THE VIGIL FOR ORLANDO

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Princeton University community came together to celebrate the lives and mourn the loss of the 49 LGBTQIA people killed in Orlando. Please watch the video below.

The vigil was sponsored by Center for Jewish Life, Counseling & Psychological Services, Fields Center, Intersecting Queer Identities, Latino Graduate Student Association, LGBT Center, Office of the Dean of Graduate School, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Office of Religious Life, Office of the Vice President of Campus Life, Queer Graduate Caucus and the Women’s Center.