Jewel Daney was one of the first Rutgers staff members to join the LGBTQA Liaison Referral Network, and she has worked for many years to create an inclusive environment for all students and to let LGBTQA students know about available support and resources.
“We want students to know we’re here in many different places on campus in many different professional capacities,” said Daney, a senior case manager in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Office of the Dean of Students. “The liaison referral network crosses many areas so students always feel that no matter where they are, there’s a place for them.”
More than 150 faculty and staff serve are liaisons, who are trained by the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities to build visibility, resources and practices that are more inclusive of LGBTQA students in their schools, departments and units, said Zaneta Rago-Craft, the center’s director.
The growing network is one of many the reasons why Rutgers continues to earn high marks for efforts to create an inclusive community. For the fourth year in a row, Rutgers is on the Campus Pride “Best of the Best” list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.
The list is based on the Campus Pride Index, a free self-assessment and national benchmarking tool that any college can participate in. More than 235 colleges and universities are listed online so students can learn more about LGBTQ-related policies, programs and services.
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