LGBTQIA+ is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Campus Resources

 “As the Intercultural Resource Center, our responsibility is to provide physical or virtual “brave spaces” to explore identity and the promotion of students’ personal, professional, and social development at Rutgers University–Newark”
Gary Santos Mendoza (He, Him, His, él) | Director – Intercultural Resource Center

IRC Trainings
Provide competency development for the RU-N community with topics in relation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Some training courses include: Bias, Microaggressions, and Safe Zone.

Community of Care Spaces (Event)
The Community of Care Spaces serve as places of discussion to examine current events and topics affecting in the RU-N community.  Past topics includes race-based discussions, health care/COVID-19 in the City of Newark, and identity-based support.
(May Deadline for 2023-2024)

Training – Panel, guest speakers, workshops
Health Disparities Conference (Model after GSAPP Cultural Conference)

The mission of the IDEA innovation grants is to support projects that enable students, faculty, and staff across Rutgers University to take an active role in building an inclusive community. As we invest in broader institutional efforts to advance equity, the IDEA grant program offers a way for innovative grassroots efforts to join in our larger strategy. We invite projects that encourage understanding and learning, invest in relationship-building across difference, and offer new ways to promote equity and diversity to achieve our goal of an inclusive university culture.
RU Inclusive LGBTQIA+ is a professional development and continuing education program designed to advance LGBTQIA+ inclusion and equity within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). All RBHS faculty and educators are invited to participate. Through this free, online, fully asynchronous program, faculty and educators will gain knowledge, skills, tools, and evidence-based resources to advance LGBTQIA+ inclusion and health equity. This program consists of a series of short video presentations along with exemplars, resources, and a helpful checklist highlighting key actions to support inclusive teaching. Go to go.rutgers.edu/RUInclusiveLGBTQIA to join the program and start making your course, program, or curriculum more inclusive, or check out this short video to learn more.

Resources for LGBTQIA+ Health Care

Here are some helpful publications from the National LGBT Health Education Center

Helpful Links

News and Events

Rainbow Advocacy Council

Advocacy Council’s Mission and Vision:

  • Assess the Rutgers School of Nursing environment and culture to ensure it is inclusive and affirming for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and guests. 
  • Plan and implement initiatives to promote LGBTQIA+ diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) at the School of Nursing.
  • Collaborate with the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (C&E) to assess DEIB gaps in the curriculum across divisions.
  • In partnership with the C&E Committee, make recommendations to include content that ensures future graduate nurses are knowledgeable of the health disparities of marginalized populations and feel confident in their ability to care for these diverse populations, including LGBTQIA+ individuals, families, and communities.
NameCouncil Position
Serrano, CarlosAdvisory Council Co-Chair
Slowinski, DawnAdvisory Council Co-Chair

View LGBTQ+ community support people at other RBHS schools