Our Mission

Mission & Goals

The Office of Student Life LGBTQ Resource Program seeks to create a safe and affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, faculty and staff at Rutgers University-Newark.  This program has two main points of focus:

  • To foster community development and empowerment of LGBTQ students through leadership development and student involvement, professional/career development and internships, peer mentorship and support, civic engagement and service to the Newark community, & educational outreach and special event programming that explore and/or celebrate the unique dimensions of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression.
  • To provide meaningful educational opportunities for the larger campus community to explore the rich diversity of experience within the LGBTQ community that, ultimately, empower all students to be more culturally competent and engaged members of an inclusive campus community.


Rutgers University’s LGBTQ history dates all the way back to 1969 when a sophomore named Lionel Cuffie established the Rutgers Student Homophile League on the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick. It was the first openly gay organization in New Jersey and one of the oldest organizations on a college campus nationwide. Over time, the league evolved into the Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alliance of Rutgers University (BiGLARU) and is now known as the Queer Student Alliance (QSA).

Over the years, the University has been making strides to enhance the quality of life for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff; implementing Safe Zone trainings to increase LGBTQ awareness and allyship, expanding educational programing and increasing visibility of the LGBTQ population on campus.

Read more about RU LGBTQ History at The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities