Edited By Virginia Stead
The research in A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE is premised on the notion that, because we cannot choose our sexual, racial, ethnic, cultural, political, geographic, economic, and chronological origins, with greater advantage comes greater responsibility to redistribute life’s resources in favor of those whose human rights are compromised and who lack the fundamental necessities of life. Among these basic rights are access to higher education and to positive campus experiences. Queer folk and LGBTQ+ allies have collaborated on this new text in response to the June 16, 2016 targeted murder of 49 innocent victims at the PULSE nightclub, Orlando, Florida. Seasoned and novice members of the academy will find professional empowerment from these authors as they explicitly discuss multiple level theory, policy, and strategies to support LGBTQ+ campus inclusion. Their work illuminates how good, bad, and indeterminate public legislation impacts LGBTQ+ communities everywhere, and it animates multiple layers of campus life, ranging from lessons within a three-year-old day care center to policy-making among senior administration. May the power of well-chosen words continue to deepen our understanding, clarify our communication, and empower us all as pro-LGBTQ+ campus activists.
Chapter Twenty-Two: Utilizing Indigenous Pedagogies to Uproot Racism and LGBTQ+ Intolerance: A Student Affairs Perspective (Camaron Miyamoto / Dean Hamer / Joe Wilson / Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu)
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Utilizing Indigenous Pedagogies TO Uproot Racism AND LGBTQ+ Intolerance
A Student Affairs Perspective
CAMARON MIYAMOTO, DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON, AND HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU
THE KINGDOM OF HAWAI‘I
Native Hawai’ian epistemologies may play an important role in supplanting the dominant oppressive narrative to counter acts of LGBTQ+ violence at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The dominant oppressive narrative is a Western world view that assumes that Hawai’i is just like any of the other 50 states in America. That narrative ignores the reality that prior to 1898, Hawai’i was a sovereign nation yet to interface, or rather, be colonized by American imperial interests. In 1994, President Clinton offered an apology to the Hawai’ian people for the illegal overthrow of the Hawai’ian Kingdom by the United States. This nod from Washington D.C. acknowledges the on-going assertion that Hawai’i is not only unique in it’s relation to America, but helps bring into focus the tenuous nature of statehood. To assume that Hawai’i peacefully or joyously transitioned into the imperial giant called the United States requires the assumption of historical, cultural and spiritual amnesia that is grounded in the violence of racist genocide.
So how, then can Hawai’i, a place with deep wounds of violence offer the healing solution to the modern day, dominant oppressive narrative that is at once racist, sexist and homophobic? This chapter will focus on two different modern eruptions...
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