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Queering the Library

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Queering the Library

  1. 1. Queering the Library:What are YOU doing to serve your LGBTQ community? Lea Susan Engle, Texas A&M UniversityKatie Paul French, Indiana University, Bloomington Lowell Kane, Purdue University
  2. 2. What we’re going to do for you:• Understand the current climate for LGBTQ students on college and university campuses• Become aware of unique information and education needs of LGBTQ students• Create a plan of action to implement at your home institution to increase inclusivity of LGBTQ communities
  3. 3. What you’re going to do for us:• Ask questions• Tweet using the hashtag #queerlib• Check out our website at: – librarylea.com/queerlib
  4. 4. Vocabulary• Sexual Orientation – Direction of your attraction – Mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual• Gender Identity/Expression – Perception of self – Cultural indicators• LGBTQ
  5. 5. CLIMATE
  6. 6. Climate and our Students How students experience Research supports the their campus Discriminatory pedagogical value of a environment influences environments have a diverse student body and both learning and negative effect on faculty on enhancing developmental student learning.2 learning outcomes.3 outcomes.11 Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 20052 Cabrera, Nora, Terenzini, Pascarella, & Hagedron, 1999; Feagin, Vera & Imani, 1996; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991.3 Hale, 2004; Harper & Quaye , 2004; Harper, & Hurtado, 2007; Hurtado, 2003.
  7. 7. By the numbers • 31% of LGBTQ students identify their campus as a phobic climate • 21% experience harassment • 33% of queer-spectrum and 38% of trans- spectrum students consider leaving their institutionsRankin, S., Weber, G., Blumenfeld, W., and Frazer, M.S. (2010). 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People. Charlotte, NC:Campus Pride.
  8. 8. I considered leaving my campus because during my first semester….I was physically assaulted on campus on my way home. The university’s response was less than adequate.”Rankin, S., Weber, G., Blumenfeld, W., and Frazer, M.S. (2010). 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People. Charlotte, NC:Campus Pride.
  9. 9. WHY IS THIS A *LIBRARY* ISSUE?
  10. 10. I’M JUST ONE VOICE, WHAT CAN IDO?
  11. 11. COULD THIS GET ME IN TROUBLE?

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