From left, Moon Charania, Rick Beyer â66 and Danielle Egan, professor of gender and sexuality studies.

University Reports Progress on Inclusivity

Ryan Deuel

St. Lawrence University reported progress last fall toward goals related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues that were specifically identified in the Presidential Commission on Diversity Report, underlining the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Sixty-one campus restrooms, all single-stall with independent locks, have been converted to gender-neutral restrooms.
  • Supported by F. Richard (“Rick”) Beyer ’66, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Ally Group has been hosting campus conversations to promote awareness of the University’s commitment to protect gender, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation for every person.
  • The Beyer Residency has funded initiatives such as informational events, lectures, films or teach-ins that promote awareness of LGBTQ issues.It also brought visiting scholar Moon Charania from Georgia State University to serve the Beyer Residency in Queer Studies and deliver two lectures in March 2015.
  • Three new brochures offer support to individuals who identify as LGTBQ and information for the campus community who want to learn more about supporting the LGBTQ community.
  • A Saints Activists for Equity (SAFE) grant helped to create a webpage on St. Lawrence’s website dedicated to LGBTQ resources.
  • St. Lawrence achieved a three-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, an extensive qualitative survey regarding LGBTQ resources and options available to students, faculty and staff that has become a national assessment of 191 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.

“I am confident we will continue to make positive improvements in the year ahead and that the St. Lawrence community is a place where all students, faculty and staff feel truly accepted as members,” President William L. Fox ’75 said.