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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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Introduction: Powerful Lessons for Making All Campuses LGBTQ+ Inclusive (Virginia Stead)


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Powerful Lessons for Making All Campuses LGBTQ+ Inclusive


This is the seventh volume in the Equity in Higher Education series. Courageous researchers, including queer folk and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, have created a text that explicitly describes how to transform LGBTQ+ campus exclusion into inclusion. Whether you are a long-time researcher of LGBTQ+ experience, a familiar explorer, or a novice in the field, what follows will give you many of the tools to extend current research and strengthen pro-LGBTQ+ activism at multiple levels across any campus.

The dedication is uniquely poignant given the June 16, 2016 targeted murder of 49 innocent victims at the PULSE nightclub, a LGBTQ+ refuge in Orlando, FL. Motivated by unexpectedly intense senses of loss and rage, several colleagues jumped at the idea of developing a book that would support LGBTQ+ inclusion on campus. Amherst Professor turned blogger, Warren J. Blumenthal, agreed to provide the Forward, Reflections on a History of Queer Life in Higher Education. His evocative writing style and extensive experience offer an insightful and informative background to LGBTQ+ academic life.

The chapters are grouped into six distinct sections: (1) Beyond the Campus Gates: How State Sanctioned Practice Impacts LGBTQ+ Communities, (2) Systemic Campus Failures to Include the LGBTQ+ Community, (3) LGBTQ+ Faculty and Student Narratives of Profound Campus Exclusion, (4) Contrasting Examples of Leadership Training for LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness, (5) Moving Forward: Inclusive...

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