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


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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The Editor wishes to thank everyone who has helped bring this manuscript to fruition. Of the several volumes in the series, Equity in Higher Education Theory, Policy, and Praxis, this one has been the most heart-breaking to assemble and edit. Special appreciation therefore goes out to those who circulated the call for chapter proposals, to the hopeful authors who submitted proposals, and to the dedicated 45 whose courageous research appears in the pages that follow.

At Peter Lang Publishing, I am particularly grateful to the professional support team whose patience and gentle guidance have contributed to our safe navigation of the company’s new and improved policies following the ownership change in 2015. In New York, Dr. Farideh Koohi-Kamali, Senior Vice President of Peter Lang Publishing/USA, has helped with the really tough decisions, while Sarah E. Bode, Acquisitions Editor for the Education list, and Editorial Assistant Tim Swenarton have shouldered the week to week exigencies of developing a world class text. Elsewhere, gratitude extends to Dr. Anna DiStefano for her insightful, challenging, and expedient peer review of the book prospectus. To my academic friends and colleagues, thank you for giving so much of your time and insightful criticism as the project developed.

Now for the best of all. This book would have been impossible to imagine, much less construct and refine without the steady love and encouragement of my family. To my sisters-in-law, Kathleen Stead and Jo-Anne Stead, thank you for being there...

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