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

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

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR

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

“LGBTQ+ inclusion starts on college campuses. A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE is timely, comprehensive, and action-oriented. I look forward to using it in my principal training courses as well as in my scholarship.”

—Hilary Lustick, Professor, Educational and Community Leadership, Texas State University

“As a long-term advocate, ally, educator, and consultant on creating welcoming, affirming, and inclusive educational spaces, A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE is both, a much-needed resource, and a breath of fresh air. The information and personal stories contained in this volume offer constructive, positive, and pedagogically sound information to foster LGBTQ+ inclusion in higher education. The particular dedication to the PULSE nightclub victims sends a message of hope to the world, especially at times when it feels as if we are moving backward. In addition, as a Latina, the homage to the PULSE victims—mostly Latinxs—reminds us of the diversity within our community. The multiple and diverse voices, guidance, and insights in this volume offer both theoretical underpinnings and practical guidance to implement immediate and long-term changes to make our campuses more LGBTQ+ inclusive for all. We will embrace each other. No matter our differences, we will support each other. We will not be stopped. We will continue to get stronger, get better, get more united, get more inclusive.”

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