The Tyler Clementi Center was announced at the Rutgers University on Feb. 4. State dignitaries Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th District) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg Democrat of New Jersey, were joined with family members of Tyler Clementi, The Tyler Clementi Foundation and Rutgers school administrators in the unveiling of the new center, reported NJ.com.
This new facility will serve professional scholars in providing LGBTQ programs and services for the betterment of youths’ awareness and issues within their communities.
The ceremony drew hundreds of students and administrators to the Rutgers Visitors Center in Piscataway in support of the new center that will be located on George Street in New Brunswick.
Rutgers received the initial funds for the project through The Tyler Clementi Foundation. However, the rest of the funds will be sought through donors, grants and other funding in the future to keep the center thriving.
Tyler Clementi was a victim of a cyber-bully attack coordinated by his roommate, Dharun Ravi at a Rutgers University's dorm during the fall semester in 2010. Ravi used his laptop equipped with a web cam in their freshmen’s dorm room. With the assistance of Ravi’s girlfriend, the pair took to video live streaming Clementi’s intimate encounters with his male date online.
Clementi plunged to his death over the George Washington Bridge and left several clues to the investigators of his frustrations over his roommate’s actions; he had requested a change of roommate to the resident advisor and reached out to an online gay message forum for support.
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