At Bucknell, gay issues, academic study, and personal achievement are taken seriously; the University is committed to the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual students, faculty and staff. According to the University's non-discrimination policy, the institution:
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. - Bucknell Catalog, 1999-2000
"While I was on campus, it sometimes seemed that I had no real friends anywhere. Now, though, I see that people all around me at Bucknell were warm and supportive and caring. I wish I had been able to reach out to them sooner."
David Murray, Class of 1992
Ex Officio, GALABI
As a place of higher learning, Bucknell strives to educate students about a broad range of issues. According to the university's recently adopted diversity statement:
As an institution of higher leaning, Bucknell is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse campus community, enriched by the presence and participation of men and women of different races, nationalities, ethnicities, socioeconomic circumstance, ages, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds. This committment goes beyond the mere tolerations of differences by seeking to eliminate attitudes and actions that have separated, excluded or marginalized people in the past, and by facilitating true understanding and recognition. These aspirations inform, in a deep and abiding way, the mission of the University, its curriculum, its social life and its general climate. Diversity at Bucknell, therefore, is a fundamental committment, consistent with the goals of an institution of higher learning. - Plan for Diversity at Bucknell 1999
"Life for the gay and lesbian student has become more accepting, but there is still work to do. There is always a stare, as whisper, or a snicker that makes one fully aware that one can never stop trying to empower students to look critically at stereotypes and hateful attitudes. With allies like the L/G/B Concerns Office and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Bisexuals/Trangenders, many students are helping Bucknell celebrate diversity, not just tolerate it. It's a long journey, but we are on the right path."
Ted Burns, Class of 2000