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Contact

  • Michelle Meekins-Davis

    • Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
    • University Center, Lower Level
    • tel: 610-499-4488
    • mmdavis@widener.edu

FAQs, LGBT

Find answers to frequently asked questions about how Widener University welcomes and supports LGBT students on and off campus.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in Widener University’s non-discrimination policy?

Yes. Sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the university’s non-discrimination policy.

If I have concerns about housing as an incoming undergraduate student, what resources are available to assist me?

The Office of Residence Life works to assure that any student whose gender identity and/or sexual orientation raises concerns for them about housing accommodations receives personalized attention as needed for safety and a relaxed, comfortable living environment.

Are there gender-neutral restroom facilities on campus?

Yes, most of the public buildings on the Chester campus have gender-neutral restrooms.

If I need hormonal treatment for sex re-assignment, will I find assistance at the Student Health Services Center? Are the hormones covered under the student health insurance policy?

Yes, the staff at the Student Health Services are trained to answer questions and provide knowledgeable and supportive assistance. The student health insurance policy does cover hormonal treatments for sex re-assignment.

I have always been athletic but am concerned about whether, if coaches and students find out I am LGBT, they will be ok with who I am.

Yes, both the director of athletics and the professional staff in the Wellness Center are Safe Space allies, as well as other staff members. All LGBT students are welcome in our sports programs, based on NCAA guidelines.

I am thinking of applying to Widener University but would like to talk with another LGBT student before I decide. Who can I reach out to?

Email the director of multicultural student affairs at mmdavis@widener.edu and you will be connected with a student member of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) who can answer your questions. 

Is there a process for reporting any LGBT bias related incidents and hate crimes that might occur?

Yes, as a university, Widener celebrates diversity and embraces multiculturalism and we strive to maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus community. The Bias Protocol Policy outlines the procedure for reporting bias incidents and hate crimes.

Are supportive faculty, administrators, and staff easily identifiable at Widener University?

Yes, more than 150 faculty, administrators, and staff have completed the Safe Space workshops and can be identified by the Safe Space decal displayed in their offices.