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Advocating for Sexual Minority Students

The Current Campus Climate and a Proposed Training Program
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Jordan Bolte

on 19 November 2013

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“The term homophobia has evolved to signify any negative belief, action, attitude, or discrimination toward homosexuals”
Context
Coffee & Pastries
Small Groups: Breakouts
My Story
Whole Group:
What are we
for
?
Lunch
SHORT-TERM
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
Discrimination
and Harassment
(Rogers, McRee, & Arntz, 2009)
(Rankin, 2005)
The Classroom
Assessment
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SEMINAR
THREE MONTHS AFTER SEMINAR
QUALITATIVE QUESTIONS
MID-TERM
LONG-TERM
END OF SCHOOL YEAR
QUANTITATIVE QUESTIONS
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)


Sexual
minority students are distracted
in class
Faculty and students create classroom atmosphere
What about Christian institutions?
How can we best address these issues?
S.E.A.M.
Safety, Empathy, and Acceptance for Minorities
Equip student leaders to advocate
for sexual minorities on campus
Goals
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
Learning Outcomes
Increase awareness
Humanize LGBT issues
Engage in conversation
Advocate for minorities
Commit to goals
Jordan Bolte Tianna Clark Jon McIlvaine Kirsten TenHaken
Training
Commissioning
Context
My Story
Coffee & Pastries
Whole Group
Small Group
Lunch
Training
Commissioning
S.E.A.M. Schedule
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
Role-play scenarios
Human
Financial
Equipment
Miscellaneous
Facilitators and
Supervisors
$500
Technological
THEREFORE
intervention strategies intended
for LGBT students on campus
there is an imminent need for...
greater acceptance from the
heterosexual community
“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)
(Rankin, 2005)
BEST
PRACTICES

Campus resource centers
Staff and student training sessions
Policies demonstrating institutional support
Safe zone programming
Interaction with sexual minorities
Ally programming
Gay-straight alliance groups
Harassment is still prevalent
Questions?
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)
Assessment
FEEDBACK
SURVEY
9-9:30am
9:30-10:15am
10:15-10:30am
10:30-11am
11-11:45am
11:45am-12:30pm
12:30-1:15pm
1:15-1:30pm
Need for safety
(Wolff & Himes, 2010; Yarhouse, Stratton, Dean & Brooke, 2009; Balkin, 2009, CCCU, 2001)
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