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A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE

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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.

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Chapter Twenty-Three: Dialogues on Diversity: A Curricular Option to Promote LGBTQIA Inclusion on Campus (Paul S. Hengesteg)

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CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

Dialogues ON Diversity

A Curricular Option to Promote LGBTQIA Inclusion on Campus

PAUL S. HENGESTEG



INTRODUCTION

From June 2015 to June 2016, the LGBTQIA community in the United States has experienced significant joys and losses. We have celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and rejoiced Title IX’s expansion of transgender inclusion. We have been frustrated by legislation limiting queer protections and we mourned the loss of 49 of our kin at the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida—during Pride Month, no less. National events like these highlight the broad range of views regarding the LGBTQIA community, and yet, many times we do not see two sides in dialogue. College campuses are similar. As institutions, we say we value diversity, yet research indicates LGBTQIA inclusion at major universities across the nation, while present and measurable, is inconsistent (Mehra, Braquet, & Fielden, 2015). Furthermore, we fall short of providing students “opportunities to interact meaningfully with their peers across social differences” (Quaye, 2008, p. 41). This chapter provides a curricular example of creating intentional, meaningful environments for students to learn and engage about social identities, specifically within LGBTQIA spectra (Harper & Anontio, 2008).

Efforts to increase diversity on college campuses have taken many forms, and should be celebrated as ways to ensure the community of students, faculty, and staff on campus is, in fact, a representation of the local and global...

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