SJE helps to ensure that all students have equitable access to available campus resources. Staff at SJE are committed to meeting one on one with students for advising and guidance as it relates to housing, club involvement, academic areas of study, biased incidents, financial instability, familial rejection, coming out, transitioning, and emotional support. We work with a network of over 170 faculty/staff LGBTQA liaisons in order to provide points of contact across many academic and student support areas. If you have any questions at all, stop by the center. Let us be your first-stop shop for all things Rutgers.
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities is one of many campus locations that hosts an in-house counselor for 20 hours a week. Mina Vargas, LCSW, is an LGBTQA Liaison and can be your first stop in getting connected to CAPS or off-campus counseling options. They host two weekly support groups in the center, offer drop-in hours every Thursday, can see individual students for 1:1 therapy, and can get you connected to other mental health practitioners. Stop by or call over for more information.
The Deans of Students office exists to advocate for students and to assist in navigating on and off-campus resources. They are dedicated to help students thrive and graduate. The Deans can help students with academic extensions, temporary disabilities, emergency financial aid, those experiencing homelessness or hunger, and much more. In addition, every Dean is an LGBTQA Liaison trained in LGBTQA terminology, narratives, and common issues experienced by students.
We have your back!
Funded by our generous alumni, faculty, and staff donors, Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers financial assistance for LGBTQA students struggling with, including but not limited to, parental rejection, homelessness, healthcare costs, food insecurity, and general financial instability. Our center works closely with The Office of the Deans of Students to help ensure LGBTQA students thrive in our community and receive holistic support. To get connected to these funds, in addition to other support resources, visit our center, The Deans of Students Office, or CAPS.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers two annual, $1,000, LGBTQA Leadership Scholarships for two undergraduates dedicated to supporting the LGBTQA community. We also offer a $500 Lionel Cuffie Award to a graduating senior who spent their Rutgers tenure supporting LGBTQA student organizing and community-building. These awards are made possible because of our generous alumni, faculty, and staff donors.
Every semester, the center hosts academic advisors from the School of Arts and Sciences to host drop-in hours! If you’ve never seen an academic advisor, these LGBTQA Liaisons will help guide you through your graduation requirements and academic programs. Check our calendar for upcoming dates. Outside of our drop-in hours, academic advising is available across all academic schools. See below for more information.
The Rutgers community is fortunate to many faculty and graduate students whose research and expertise focus on LGBTQA issues and experiences, as well as courses with a broader gender lens. Our students also have access to a diverse array of courses, across disciplines, that center social justice pedagogy.
Off-Campus and Regional Resources
- Garden State Equality (Asbury Park)
- Pride Center of NJ (Highland Park)
- Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County (GAAMC)
- Jersey Shore QSpot
- Hudson Pride Connections Center
- NJ Ride for AIDS www.njrideforaids.org
- Jersey Pride (Annual NJ Pride Parade)
- Gay Asbury Park
- Domestic Partnership Information
- Central Jersey Lesbian Alliance
- New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus
- Hyacinth Foundation – AIDS service organization
- NJ Gay Film Society & Potluck Dinner Club
- Visiting Nurse Association
- New Jersey Lesbian and Gay Coalition/Personal Liberty Fund
- bodieslikeours.org (intersex)
- NJ Stonewall Democrats
- Pathways – A Transgender Support Group
- Buddies of NJ, Inc. (HIV/AIDS Service Organization)
- New Jersey AIDS Walk
- Montclair LGBT Center
List of Resources
Check out our whole list of resources, including their locations and services provided:
Health and Wellness Resources
Locations in Jersey City, Paterson, Plainfield, Trenton, New Brunswick, Newark
The Hyacinth Foundation helps people live with HIV, stop the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey.
The mission of the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health is to establish an epicenter in New Jersey that will improve the health and well-being of transgender people through evidence-based clinical care, research and education.
NYC, New York
Resource Link | @callenlorde on Twitter and Instagram
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness, and advocates for LGBTQ health issues.
Resource Link | @MazzoniCenter on Twitter and Instagram
To provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments
Online and NYC
GMHC is the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization. Our mission is to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected. Today, we serve 10,000 people in New York City with comprehensive psychosocial and prevention services.
Resource Link | @brodwayhousenj on Instagram and Twitter
Broadway House for Continuing Care offers comprehensive extended care for people who are recovering from an acute illness or injury. For more than 25 years, we’ve provided exceptional medical, social, and spiritual support, including through our nationally recognized medical program for those with HIV/AIDS.
Highland Park, NJ
Resource Link | @pridecenternj on Twitter
Welcoming space for all individuals who identify as LGBTQ to find support, educational tools, health and education resources, and social opportunities within a community of acceptance.
Resource Link | @hitops_princeton on Instagram and @HiTOPSinc on Twitter
HiTOPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fosters strong and healthy young people of all identities by providing inclusive and youth-informed sex education and LGBTQ+ support for young people throughout New Jersey.
Morris Plains, NJ and Denville, NJ | @edge_nj on Instagram
The mission of EDGE New Jersey is to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV+ and LGBTQ+ communities by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies and education to enhance the community we serve.
Multiple NJ location
The New Jersey AIDS Walk is held annually on the first Sunday in May in 5 locations. Walks range from a 5 – 10k loop depending on site. It inspires hope for friends and loved ones who are battling this illness.
The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services.
Philadelphia, PA | @waygayphilly on Instagram and @WayGay on Twitter
The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBTQIA+ communities throughout Greater Philadelphia.
Activism and Advocacy Resources
HRC’s campaigns are focused on mobilizing those who envision a world strengthened by diversity, where our laws and society treat all people equally, including LGBTQ people and those who are multiply marginalized.
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives.
Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer people belong everywhere and can live openly and authentically without discrimination, harassment, or violence.
New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization with over 150,000 members.
Provides quality, innovative community programs, educates and trains service providers, and passes pro-equality policies to protect and meet the needs of LGBTQ New Jerseyans.
New Brunswick, NJ
Deans of Students foster the personal and education development of students. We enhance this process through integration of student experiences, both in and out of the classroom, by creating various and seamless learning opportunities.
We are providing a solution to LGBT homelessness among our adolescents. By providing housing and an array of detailed, relevant and responsive services we can start to help them transition and heal from any past or present situations and open up a world of opportunities that will enable them to develop sustainable skills and live productive lives.
Resource Link | @TransLifeline on Twitter and Instagram
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.