Vision, Mission, & Values
The Syracuse University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center strives to serve people with marginalized genders and sexualities by offering support, building community, and educating members of the Syracuse University community. We encourage thoughtful exploration of gender and sexuality, as well as the complex intersections of our multiple identities. The LGBT RC encourages community members to seek to understand the ways that privilege and oppression manifest in our society, to commit to ending oppression in our communities, and to actively engage in struggles to achieve liberation.
We intentionally use a variety of language and terminology to refer to our growing and dynamic community. At times we use “marginalized genders and sexualities,” “LGBT,” “LGBTQA+,” and “queer & trans” to describe the communities that we serve. While this intentional variation may initially seem cumbersome or confusing, we use multiple terms in hopes that community members may see themselves in and/or identify with our language, helping them to see our Center and our programming as safer spaces where they can proudly be themselves. This effort to acknowledge the diversity of LGBTQA+ experiences is theoretically aligned with our social justice values and framework and is one of the many ways that we are actively striving to build a more inclusive Syracuse community.
The Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center embodies our values of accountability, awareness, community, and social justice. We strive to create a safer campus that promotes understanding, acceptance, empowerment, and visibility of people with marginalized genders and sexualities. We provide intentional spaces for discussion, opportunities for self-reflection and learning, platforms for community building, support in leadership development, interactive trainings, and opportunities for collaboration and celebration.
- Accountability- We recognize that our socialization fundamentally shapes our thinking and behavior. We strive to identify and challenge the oppressive messages that we’ve internalized and to create spaces where others can do the same. We acknowledge that unlearning oppression is a lifelong endeavor, and in this process, we seek to be accountable to ourselves, to each other, and to broader movements for social justice. We are committed to educating ourselves as well as others, balancing our need for safety and self-care with our responsibility to actively and consistently interrupt oppression on this campus and beyond.
- Awareness- As we engage in self-exploration, we have the opportunity to make meaning of our identities, recognizing the ways that we are privileged as well as marginalized, identifying how systems of power shape our lives and the lives of those around us. We believe that both self-awareness and societal awareness are foundational in movements to create social change.
- Community- We are committed to building relationships with individuals and groups who are connected to our work. We believe establishing a strong community is vital in developing shared trust and understanding. On this foundation, community members are able to engage in thoughtful dialogue, achieve personal growth, and work together to identify and challenge oppressive messages that shape the world around us. We believe that this is the first step in building coalitions to effect social change and create safer spaces.
- Social Justice- Social justice is foundational to our work. While our focus is on marginalized genders and sexualities, we recognize that each person has multiple social identities that interact in complex ways. We seek to understand the intersections of our own identities and how they influence our lives and work. We also aim to support others as they make meaning of their multiple identities and navigate the structures of inequality that impact them. At the same time, we are invested in building coalitions to dismantle and rebuild these systems in order to create more liberatory spaces on campus and beyond.
Statement of Allyship:
Allyship is a process built through relationships; it requires commitment, understanding, hope, and humility. We believe allyship also requires a dedication to continuous self-awareness and self-exploration. Recognizing and understanding the pervasiveness of privilege and oppression, both across and within identity groups, is integral to ally development. Allies are accountable for the influence and impact of their actions across society. Ultimately, allies will join in efforts to achieve liberation.