News

A message on behalf of the staff of the Carl A. Fields Center, the LGBT Center, and the Women*s Center

Last weekend, eleven people were murdered while worshipping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  We are devastated that violent anti-Semitism has taken so many lives and crushed so many families. We stand in solidarity with the Tree of Life Synagogue members and with Jewish communities around the world in this time of great pain. Because we hold multiple identities and are intertwined in our humanity, violence against the Jewish community is also violence against people of color, LGBTQIA people, women and many other identities. 

 

While the incidence of hate-crimes has been rising over the past several years, the last few weeks have been particularly disturbing.  It seems that we learn almost daily of actual and intended violence toward people based on their race, gender, sexuality or religion, including the race-motivated murder of two black people in Louisville, Kentucky last Wednesday. In addition to this abhorrent violence, the rights and dignity of trans people are currently threatened by proposals from Washington to definition a person’s sex exclusively as male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals presents at birth. As Centers for diversity and inclusion, we stand in solidarity against these abhorrent acts of violence and intolerance. 

 

The Centers are places of hope and community and will always celebrate difference as well as inclusion. We are honored to be joined in this work with students and colleagues who want to create a better future for Princeton University, for our society, and for all humanity. We are also here to provide support in any way we can. 

 

On Monday, November 5,  the Center for Jewish Life will hold a vigil to mourn the shooting victims. The staff of the Women’s Center, LGBT Center, and the Carl A. Fields Center will be at the vigil, and we hope you can join us there to show our collective solidarity against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff, avail of our services, and find community in our spaces in the coming days.

 

Sincerely,

Amada Sandoval, Director of the Women*s Center

Judy Jarvis, Director of the LGBT Center

Tennille Haynes, Director of the Carl A. Fields Center

To the trans, non-binary and genderqueer community

Dear Princeton University trans, non-binary and genderqueer student and staff community,

We value you and stand by you in this time of uncertainty and pain as the new anti-trans policies proposed by Washington have come to light. Any erasure of trans identities and rights is unacceptable and you will not be alone in fighting this proposed discrimination. Eric and I have been in conversation with some of you to think about what responses would be most useful from both the LGBT Center and the Princeton community at large, and I wanted to let you know some of what is coming to support you:

·         Formation of a high-level working group to make a plan for what to do if any of the proposed policies go into effect. The group will consist of members from a wide variety offices who will move quickly and communicate clearly as we learn more. 

·         No changes to Princeton's trans-inclusive healthcare, non-discrimination policies and support: Please be assured that all the university's current policies and resources will remain the same. Please click here to read an FAQ of what supports this includes and here to learn more about how to access trans-affirming services and care.

·         One-on-one support on campus: Eric (eanglero@princeton.edu) and I (jj20@princeton.edu) are free to meet with you at any point you may need. Our colleagues in Counseling and Psychological Services also have urgent appointments each day if you are ever in crisis. 

·         Group support on campus: Fantastic grad students Ariana Myers and Kris Pardo are the facilitators of our Gender Group, which they are now expanding to meeting twice a week for at least the short term. Please email lgbt@princeton.edu to be added to the Gender Group's listserv so you can get more information about meeting times and locations.

·         Education for cisgender allies: The LGBTQIA Peer Educator team offers trainings for student and staff groups, and will focus on providing our module on understanding and supporting trans/non-binary/genderqueer issues. Our 11/2 Ally Project Series for staff will focus on trans identities and issues.

·         Spaces to honor, celebrate and mobilize on trans issues: There will be an in-community trans/non-binary off-campus lunch on 11/7; a Transgender Day of Remembrance Keynote Speech by Jennicet Gutiérrez, community organizer of Familia:TQLM on 11/14; and an 11/15 workshop on house to mobilize communities for trans and queer immigrant justice, led by Jennicet. More details on all these programs here
 

Please don't hesitate to write or stop by the LGBT Center with any questions or concerns you may have, and there will be more communication coming after break both from the LGBT Center and from Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun as the working group begins to meet.

 

In solidarity,

Judy Jarvis

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.