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LGBT Inclusivity in Higher Education

Devan M. Monroe EDU 6050 Northeastern University Fall 2013

Why is LGBT inclusivity important?

First, the wider context

LGBT respondents are more likely to be harassed and be the target of derogatory remarks compared to heterosexual counterparts (Campus Pride, 2010) En loco parentis institutions have a duty to protect students (Hendrickson, Lane, Harris, & Dorman, 2013)

How does LGBT inclusivity relate to education?

According to statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2012) for the year 2011, of 6,216 single-bias hate crimes: 46.9% - racial bias 20.8% - sexual orientation bias

Bias crime

More needs to be done to protect LGBT students and their educational experience!

Journal of LGBT Youth Journal of Homosexuality Journal of GLBT Family Studies Sex Roles Journal of College Student Development


Student choice Henry, Fuerth, & Richards (201 Burleson (2010) Negy & Eisman (2005) Social support/climate Schmidt, Miles, & Welsh (2011) Campus resource centers Fanucce & Taub (2009) Consortium of Higher Educatio LGBT Resource Professionals Campus Pride (2010) Inc (2012) Waldo (1998)

Compounded marginalization

Current research findings

Create more LGBT resource centers Educate student body Educate faculty/staff/administrat ors Improve recruitment efforts toward LGBT students

Ensure counseling is available Institutional commitment to equality Integrate LGBT issues in curriculums Appropriately respond to LGBT bias crimes

Implications for future practice

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