The PSC is dedicated to inclusivity and assisting all SGU students and employees. Persons from those groups requesting our help, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status or any other basis will be treated with equal dignity and respect according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and the International Union of Psychological Science's Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists.
In keeping with similar programs at other universities, the PSC is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersexual (LGBTQQI) Safe Zone.
Why is a Safe Zone needed? LGBTQQI persons make up a significant percentage of the world's population. This is also true in the St. George's University and Caribbean communities. Consistent research demonstrates that while LGBTQQI people do not differ psychologically from heterosexuals, they do face unique stressors related to social stigmatization, discrimination and prejudice.
For those who are interested, a variety of resources describing issues around sexual orientation are linked below.
For an exercise in understanding the discrimination faced by many LGBTQQI persons, please see the attached Heterosexual Questionnaire
In addition to being a Safe Zone for LGBTQQI persons and addressing heterosexism, the PSC is committed to preventing discrimination against persons with disabilities, also known as ableism, or the beliefs and practices that assign inferior value to people who have developmental, emotional, physical, or psychiatric disabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 15 percent of the world's population live with a disability. Yet many of the practices and mindsets in our society devalue and limit opportunities for persons with disabilities, who often face significant barriers in accessing health care, education, employment, transportation, and human services.
Resources describing issues around prejudice and stigma towards persons with disabilities are also linked below.
If you would like assistance in making your department or agency a LGBTQQI Safe Zone, or if you would like a consultation about how your department or agency can better serve all persons, regardless of difference, please contact us.
The PSC-South Wing is wheelchair accessible.