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Advocating for Sexual Minority Students
Transcript of Advocating for Sexual Minority Students
Coffee & Pastries
Small Groups: Breakouts
What are we
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are becoming more visible on college campuses
The current campus climate for LGBT students across the nation is typically characterized by discrimination, harassment, and homophobia
Due to homophobic attitudes, sexual minority students often feel isolated
Campus climate creates unique challenges for LGBT students
College campuses today are predominantly homophobic
(Rogers, McRee, & Arntz, 2009)
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SEMINAR
THREE MONTHS AFTER SEMINAR
END OF SCHOOL YEAR
FACILITATORS DISCUSS SEMINAR AND ASSESSMENTS
Institutions are responsible to foster an environment where all students can freely engage in the campus community.
It is imperative that institutions eliminate discrimination and harassment, while encouraging safety, empathy, and acceptance for minorities.
Advocating for Sexual Minority Students on Campus:
The Campus Climate of Higher Education and a Proposed Training Program
(Lopez & Chism, 1993; Brown, Hiappold, Clarke, Gortmaker, & Robinson-Keilig, 2002)
minority students are distracted
Faculty and students create classroom atmosphere
What about Christian institutions?
How can we best address these issues?
Safety, Empathy, and Acceptance for Minorities
Equip student leaders to advocate
for sexual minorities on campus
Equip student leaders to advocate for sexual minority students in ways that promote safety and are characterized by empathy and acceptance
Change the campus climate for sexual minority students so that campus is a place where they feel safe, listened to, and accepted as human beings
Train student leaders to hold true to their own convictions while engaging in healthy conversations with sexual orientation minority students
Humanize LGBT issues
Engage in conversation
Advocate for minorities
Commit to goals
Jordan Bolte Tianna Clark Jon McIlvaine Kirsten TenHaken
Coffee & Pastries
Description of goals
Prevalence of discrimination on campus
Consider an experience with discrimination
Definition of terms
Student shares experience with discrimination
Changing the campus climate
Commitment to collective goals
What does advocacy mean to you?
Safe space for honest discussion
Equip leaders to navigate through conversations
Define key terms
intervention strategies intended
for LGBT students on campus
there is an imminent need for...
greater acceptance from the
“The realities of these lives must be addressed through the creation of programs to lower rates of harassment and violence and assure LGBT people that the university is a truly safe and supportive place where they, like other members of the academic community, can reach their full potential as workers and learners."
(Rankin, 2005, p. 20-21)
Campus resource centers
Staff and student training sessions
Policies demonstrating institutional support
Safe zone programming
Interaction with sexual minorities
Gay-straight alliance groups
Harassment is still prevalent
LGBT students are targeted for harassment and violence more often than non-LGBT students
Derogatory comments are the most common form of harassment
Other forms of discrimination
Fifteen percent of hate crimes and outward prejudice are directed toward sexual minorities
(Rankin 2003, 2005; Q Research Institute, 2010; Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009)
Need for safety
(Wolff & Himes, 2010; Yarhouse, Stratton, Dean & Brooke, 2009; Balkin, 2009, CCCU, 2001)