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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.

“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.”—Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Professor and Founding Dean, School of Education, Arcadia University

“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 someone who has been a part of campus life for the last fifty years, both as a student/faculty member and as a member of the LGBTQ academic community, I have witnessed the emergence of our community and the many challenges it has faced. That a book like this can be written is a remarkable testament to the struggles and achievements of our community. We have successfully established ourselves as an active and creative presence in academic life. Equally significant, the authors represented in this collection give us a sense of the many challenges and struggles that still exist, and importantly, they give us ideas that we need to confront and dismantle them. A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE can be read as a roadmap for the future.”—Fred Fejes, Professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies; Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Fellow of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, Florida Atlantic University

A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE is a terrific new addition to the scholarly work on queer life in campus environments. The authors and editor, Virginia Stead, are to be congratulated for pulling together a comprehensive overview of the ‘state of the field’ text. It is sure to become standard fare for queer studies, women and gender studies, and higher education programs.”—Catherine A. Lugg, Professor of Education, Rutgers University

“We cannot change what we cannot name. We cannot disrupt bigotry and bias without deconstructing, rejecting, and then transforming what we have traditionally taught—binary privilege. In Virginia Stead’s new collection, "A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE, Brandon L. Beck, Katherine Lewis, and Susan M. Croteau suggest that we can strengthen inclusion on campuses by doing what we do best—teaching courses that reject ratification or endorsement by a binary power structure. We are not obligated to reinforce a gender hierarchy where the binary is the privileged position of the central figures in our texts and syllabi. Kerry James Marshall inspired this transformation in art history curriculum in Britain by making black people the central figures in his work. Now Beck, Lewis, and Croteau call upon all of us to do the same. Bravo! There is no better word for what they have written in our behalf as college student educators."—Cindi Love, Executive Director, American College Personnel Association, College Student Educators International

“Relevant and enlightening, A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus Post-PULSE will be a welcome tool for all campuses whose goals are to enhance and elevate the quality of services for LGBTQ students. The book encompasses bold topics not previously presented together in a single volume, and the authors show a leap of courage in their forthright and clear presentations of real and current issues. This guide is a must-read for all faculty, staff, and student affairs educators whose missions include the commitment to the development of the whole student.”—Doris Ching, Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Hawai'i System, Former Interim Chancellor at University of Hawai'i—West O'ahu