Educators, researchers, activists, organizations, and policy makers have a responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming educational environment to LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and administrators. We need to understand better how students traverse the uncomfortable, sometimes antagonistic terrain associated with communities in which lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and questioning queers are a visible presence. K-12 and higher education are settings in which individuals can become more accepting of the diversity of American communities. We need more institutional experience and additional research to help them do this. Complete agreement within the student population regarding these matters is not possible, or necessarily desirable. However, mutual respect and acceptance of difference are necessary, attainable, and consistent with the goals of a liberal education. Addressing issues of sexuality in diversity programming and research will help us to achieve these goals. Submitted topics may address statements such as those presented below:
- "Safe Zone Allies" (those who have completed a Safe Zone Workshop) are not simply providing the basics that the law requires, but are going the extra step to make efforts to enhance the quality of the learning and working environment on campus. And advance the academy’s progress towards a campus that discourages discrimination and openly celebrates diversity.
- The AAC&U's Winter 2012 edition of Diversity and Democracy focuses on "Making Excellence Inclusive: Higher Education's LGBT Contexts, providing lots of great advice regarding teaching about LGBTQ issues, creating inclusive classrooms, tracking institutional improvements, and the meaning of "queer" and relevance of "queer theory" to student learning.
- GLSEN - the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network - seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools and some postsecondary.
- The NCAA has a new policy with regard to transgender athletes. A new policy approved by the NCAA Executive Committee will clarify opportunities for participation by transgender student-athletes. The policy is aimed at allowing the student-athlete to participate in competition in accordance with their gender identity while maintaining the relative balance of competitive equity among sports teams.
- Campus student organizations that serve as a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), engaging in educational and social programming, activist work, and community-building.
- Universities and colleges have Women/Gender Studies program that offer many courses that include attention to the contributions by and experiences of those who identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender, and include works that incorporate queer , lesbian, gay, and transgender theories.
Who May Submit:
Faculty, administrators, librarians and graduate students.
Please identify your submission with keyword: GENDER-9
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