Providing support and resources for Ursinus’s LGBTQ+ community to ensure all students, staff, and community members feel safe and accepted in their living, working, and learning environments.
Radiance (formerly the Rainbow Resource Center) is a part of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity and works to ensure all Ursinus community members feel safe and welcome in their living, working, and learning environments. Radiance supports and advocates for Ursinus community members under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
Radiance also reaches out across campus, in the classroom and in the community, to promote inclusion and integration of issues of gender and sexuality with the goal of creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus so that Ursinus community members of all gender and sexual identities receive the respect and understanding that they deserve.
We’re here for you and want to listen and respond to the community’s needs, concerns, and struggles.
At Ursinus’ first annual Pride (Spring 2019), students voted to rename the “Rainbow Resource Center” to “Radiance”. The community gravitated towards the notion of Radiance because there was a shared belief that at our best, we are able to shine bright and truly live as our authentic selves.
We’re here for all radiant individuals, including but not limited to, members of gender and/or sexual minorities, listening to student concerns regarding classroom experiences, and helping faculty better integrate the perspective of gender and sexual minorities in their course work.
The GSA is a student club centered around LGBTQ+ social networking and community building— engaging with a variety of social and activist projects.
Radiance is housed as a branch of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity under Ursinus Student Affairs and therefore works directly with policies and programs to improve the campus environment for people of all sexual and gender identities and expressions.
Radiance is coordinated by the staff members of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity.
Ashley Henderson is the Director of Inclusion and Equity and Domenick Scudera is the Inclusive Community Fellow.
Radiance is located in our new space in the Institute for Inclusion and Equity in Lower Wismer.
Ursinus’s queer community has a rich history, going back to the GSA’s founding in 1991. Nearly ten years ago the college took action to formally establish a resource for all gender and sexual minoritized people. Today the organization actively works to create an environment in which all people can experience their sexual and gender identities and expressions are accepted and included.