Mission and Vision

Vision
The LGBTQ and Intercultural Resource Center envisions an empowered community that proactively engages on creating systemic change towards the liberation of LGBTQ and diverse communities through education, creative engagement, dialogue and social justice initiatives.

Mission
The LGBTQ & Intercultural Resource Center’s mission is to empower and engage the Rutgers University-Newark community to become social change agents for the liberation of LGBTQ and Intercultural communities. By blending intersectional, performative and social justice frameworks, the center is committed to cultivating transformative opportunities that foster safe but brave intercultural spaces and sustains an inclusive campus and community environment. The LGBTQ and Intercultural Resource Center will influence campus culture and promote inclusivity and identity consciousness by originating innovative and creative programming, fostering collaborative partnerships, creating scholar-practitioner opportunities, engaging intercultural differences, offering mentorship, encouraging dialogue, advancing knowledge, generating experiential learning opportunities, promoting advocacy and providing community spaces.

Values
Education & Scholarship
Social Justice and Equity
Empowerment & Support
Leadership & Innovation
Experiential Learning
Community-Building and Engagement
Collaboration
Service

Goals

  • Develop and implement co-curricular programs and services that foster LGBTQ and Intercultural competencies and engagement.
  • Provide safe, brave and empowering spaces for all students and other campus constituents to engage their multiple, intersecting, evolving identities.
  • Promote productive and honest dialogue and engages constituents to critically examine the identities, cultural and intellectual traditions and experiences of LGBTQ and diverse diasporic communities from intersectional perspectives.
  • Bridge academic scholarship to co-curricular programming and community engagement.
  • Develop programs and projects dedicated to the academic and creative interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, intercultural narratives, and cultures of diverse communities and identities.
  • Engage scholars and artists in critical conversations that reflect on the intersections between Intercultural and identity activism, the creative process, and questions of aesthetics particularly in light of the crises of the contemporary moment.
  • Encourage activism and participation in a wide array of campus activities and innovative initiatives.
  • Advocate for and empower historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups.
  • Support student leaders to be change agents for social justice.
  • Connect campus constituents to internal and external services and resources.