The Rainbow
Connection
Serving LGBT Students
in Higher Education
Matthew P. Ciszek
April 22, 2013
Penn State Shenango
Facu...
INTRODUCTION
Source: brainflakes on Flickr
The Alphabet Soup
Source: revbean on Flickr
The “Standard” Terms
Lesbian
Gay
Bisexual
Transgender
Source: ericwagner on Flickr
Emerging Terminology
Queer
Genderqueer
Intersex
Pansexual
Heterosexist/heterosexism
Cisgender/Cisist/cisism
Heteron...
LGBT COMMUNITY AND HIGHER
EDUCATION
Source: wallyg on Flickr
Push for Diversity
Diversity has become a goal of higher ed
in past 40 years
Diverse points of view enrich the
education...
State of Diversity in IHEs
Support for “historically
underrepresented” groups
These groups include racial minorities,
et...
Shifting Perceptions
Multiculturalism on Campus (2011):
Diversity and multicultural climate is the
responsibility of whol...
Changing Demographics
Typical age at which LGBT people come
out is dropping
Increase in support groups and services
gear...
Cultural Shifts
Wider acceptance of LGBT community in
society
IHEs recognizing LGBT students in the
admissions process
...
Harsh Realities
LGBT teens face higher rates of depression
and suicide
LGBT teens less likely to go to college than
stra...
SERVING LGBT STUDENTS
Source: truebritl on Flickr
Cardinal Rules
1. Make no assumptions.
2. Know your students.
3. Develop relationships.
4. Engage with “non-normative” gro...
Best Practices
Creation of “safe spaces” in the classroom where
LGBT students can have open discussion
Inclusion of LGBT...
Campus Climate
Campus Pride, Inc. advocates for more
inclusive educational experiences that are
“welcoming and respectful...
Penn State University
Commission on LGBT Equity
LGBTA Student Resource Center
LGBT Support Network
“Straight Talks”, W...
University Libraries
LGBT Resource Guide
LGBT Databases and Collections
Selector for LGBT Materials
University Librari...
Penn State Shenango
Rainbow Lions/Shenango GSA
Diversity-related Courses
ENGL 245: Introduction to Gay and Lesbian
Stud...
QUESTIONS?
Source: jamison on Flickr
THANK YOU!
Matthew P. Ciszek
Head Librarian
Penn State Shenango
mpc16@psu.edu
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  1. 1. The Rainbow Connection Serving LGBT Students in Higher Education Matthew P. Ciszek April 22, 2013 Penn State Shenango Faculty Lecture Series Source: Baranclesdublingalway on Flickr
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Source: brainflakes on Flickr
  3. 3. The Alphabet Soup Source: revbean on Flickr
  4. 4. The “Standard” Terms Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Source: ericwagner on Flickr
  5. 5. Emerging Terminology Queer Genderqueer Intersex Pansexual Heterosexist/heterosexism Cisgender/Cisist/cisism Heteronormative/Cisnormative
  6. 6. LGBT COMMUNITY AND HIGHER EDUCATION Source: wallyg on Flickr
  7. 7. Push for Diversity Diversity has become a goal of higher ed in past 40 years Diverse points of view enrich the educational experience Furthering social justice and socioeconomic equality Centrality in mission statements, strategic plans, and educational priorities Source: OregonDOT on Flickr
  8. 8. State of Diversity in IHEs Support for “historically underrepresented” groups These groups include racial minorities, ethnic minorities, and women Only beginning to consider the how to support and represent other groups Source: nathangibbs on Flickr
  9. 9. Shifting Perceptions Multiculturalism on Campus (2011): Diversity and multicultural climate is the responsibility of whole institution “One’s cultural identity is more than ethnicity or race” “Gender, age, religion, geographic identity, and sexual orientation are equally part of the makeup of a multicultural individual” Source: zamber on Flickr
  10. 10. Changing Demographics Typical age at which LGBT people come out is dropping Increase in support groups and services geared toward LGBT teens Younger generations more accepting of LGBT people and supportive of LGBT rights Source: zooboing on Flickr
  11. 11. Cultural Shifts Wider acceptance of LGBT community in society IHEs recognizing LGBT students in the admissions process LGBT students coming to college expecting support/services Recognition that LGBT narrative adds to well- rounded curriculum
  12. 12. Harsh Realities LGBT teens face higher rates of depression and suicide LGBT teens less likely to go to college than straight peers Although support exists, many LGBT students unaware of or hesitant to use it Heteronormative narrative dominates, and heterosexist attitudes abound Source: mykalburns on Flickr
  13. 13. SERVING LGBT STUDENTS Source: truebritl on Flickr
  14. 14. Cardinal Rules 1. Make no assumptions. 2. Know your students. 3. Develop relationships. 4. Engage with “non-normative” groups. 5. Develop programs/services widely. 6. Improve terminology and discourse. 7. Embrace change! Source: stevensnodgrass on Flickr
  15. 15. Best Practices Creation of “safe spaces” in the classroom where LGBT students can have open discussion Inclusion of LGBT themes in curriculum or classroom instruction Training faculty/staff on sensitivity and awareness of LGBT issues Partnering with campus LGBT groups and resource centers Developing a minor in LGBT/Queer Studies Source: fireflythegreat on Flickr
  16. 16. Campus Climate Campus Pride, Inc. advocates for more inclusive educational experiences that are “welcoming and respectful of LGBT and Ally people” Campus Climate Index gives ratings for IHEs on “friendliness” toward LGBT/allies Campus Pride provides resources and research for faculty and student affairs staff Source: johhlegear on Flickr
  17. 17. Penn State University Commission on LGBT Equity LGBTA Student Resource Center LGBT Support Network “Straight Talks”, Workshops, and Other Programming Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor Source: pennstatelive on Flickr
  18. 18. University Libraries LGBT Resource Guide LGBT Databases and Collections Selector for LGBT Materials University Libraries Diversity Committee LGBT Collections/Services at Campuses
  19. 19. Penn State Shenango Rainbow Lions/Shenango GSA Diversity-related Courses ENGL 245: Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Studies LGBT Support Network LGBT-related Programming/Services
  20. 20. QUESTIONS? Source: jamison on Flickr
  21. 21. THANK YOU! Matthew P. Ciszek Head Librarian Penn State Shenango mpc16@psu.edu

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