The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Resource Center is dedicated to improving the educational environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumnae by providing a safe space for LGBTQ community members and allies at the College of Staten Island. The LGBTQ Center embraces the diversity of the CSI community and provides resources and programs for campus members It encourages a confidential support network and operates as a source of information about counseling and other resources available on campus and throughout the region for LGBTQ, allies and their families. The Center raises awareness about issues important to LGBTQ people and encourages community service by CSI students and organizations that serve LGBTQ people on campus, on Staten Island and throughout New York City. The Center organizes activities, panels and speakers on a variety of LGBTQ topics every semester. The Center offers a Safe Space and Drop-in Library consisting of magazines, books and DVDs. A list of the Drop-in Centers books can be found at: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/CSI-LGBTQ-Center
LGBTQ Student Opportunities
Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community. The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate.
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
The Resource Center holds an LGBTQ Support Group every semester in which you can feel safe as an LGBTQ student to discuss what’s going on in your life. This is a group for you to receive and give support, learn about other people’s experiences, and be in a safe place for exploration. The Resource Center also holds Ally Trainings every semester to help educate students. Through training participants learn how to use inclusive language, identify societal prejudices and the importance of being an outspoken ally to the LGBTQ Community. “Pride Kamp” is an annual one day conference held as a welcoming, teaching, and leadership development for LGBT and Ally students. Pride Kamp allows students to connect with others, discuss issues important to the LGBT and Ally community, foster a connection between students and educators, and be aware of the resources available to them. The mission of this conference is to ensure that students know they have opportunity and support on campus from the moment they begin their education. The LGBTQ Resource Center also hosts an annual Lavender Graduation Reception. This is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students at the College of Staten Island.
Why you'll love College of Staten Island/CUNY
"At my college I feel the LGBT friendliness. I see it in the halls, in the air, in the classrooms. But most of all I see humanity.
— -Bayron, 20, Gay Male, Senior
"I find that CSI is a very welcoming environment to all individuals regardless of race, skin color, sexual orientation, religion and cultural background. There is a sense of belonging and acceptance for all students, facility and staff."
— 38-year-old, bisexual male, senior
"I transferred into CSI expecting the worst Staten Island had to offer after starting Hormone Replacement Therapy. To my surprise, at least on campus, I found and continue to find genuine support. I couldn't be more thankful."
— 21-year-old, trans man.
CSI has a 100% admit rate. Nearly 50% are “low income students.” Most live with their parents. These factors are important for LGBTQ students. Most importantly, underprepared queer students can still receive a quality education. Likewise, the relatively low cost of tuition ($6100/year) enables poor queer students to attend. On the other hand, many students commute long hours from across the city, and this is a burden. Some students have difficulty individuating from their families, which can create special tensions for LGBTQ students. CSI thus has a special relationship to and responsibility for working class queer students.
— Matt Brim-Associate Professor of Queer Studies
I went to high school where being an ally of LGBT members was abnormal. Now being at CSI for a whole year not being an ally is abnormal.
— Beatrice Winston, 19-year-old, sophomore. Proud and Out lesbian female
Highlights & Organizations
Coming Out Day Celebration!
Lavender Graduation Reception
Coming Out Panel
Equality & Justice Day
Groups & activities
College of Staten Island/CUNY Admissions Office
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
College of Staten Island/CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard
North Administration Building (2A), Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 982.2010
Admission Application Deadline:
Feb. 1st and Sept. 15th
Overall Campus Pride Index Score
The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015.
The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.
College of Staten Island/CUNY
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors
|Sexual Orientation Score||3.5 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||2 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||2 of 5|
LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation|
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression|
|Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents|
|Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms|
|Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms|
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
|Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students|
|Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services|
|Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone|
|Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people|
|Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues|
|LGBTQ alumni group|
LGBTQ Academic Life
|LGBTQ studies program|
|LGBTQ specific course offerings|
|Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues|
|LGBTQ faculty/staff organization|
LGBTQ Student Life
|LGBTQ & Ally student organization|
|LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization|
|LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority|
|Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities|
|Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues|
|Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people|
|LGBTQ-inclusive career services|
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
|LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community|
|Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate|
|Gender-inclusive housing for new students|
|Gender-inclusive housing for returning students|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing|
|Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns|
LGBTQ Campus Safety
|Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes|
|Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention|
|Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization|
|Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues|
|Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues|
|Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence|
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
|LGBTQ counseling/support groups|
|Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff|
|Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing|
|LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy|
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention
|Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs|
|LGBTQ student scholarships|
|LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life|
|Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies|
|Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources|