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A Space For White Colleagues to Process


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 13th, 2016


New York, N.Y. We would like to offer space for white colleagues to process and discuss the recent events of police brutality and racist violence together. This conference call will take place this Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 am PST/12:00 pm MST/ 1:00 pm CST/2:00 pm EST. More details are included below.

A Space For White Folks to Process
Fri, Jul 15, 2016, 11:00 am PST/12:00 pm MST/ 1:00 pm CST/2:00 pm EST
Webinar Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/939223797

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 939-223-797

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The combined vision and mission of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Offices/Centers. Learn more about the Consortium at lgbtcampus.org.

















 
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Matt Bruno & D.A. Dirks
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chair@lgbtcampus.org
lgbtcampus.org
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New York, NY 10016                    

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Our Black LGBTQ+ Colleagues


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 8th, 2016


New York, N.Y. The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals find ourselves yet again confronted with deep sadness, anger, and unrest due to the loss of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and others as result of police brutality and structural racism. As we mourn and honor the humanity of these young, Black men we acknowledge that the incessant and egregious attacks against Black people profoundly impacts not only our respective campuses, but our Black colleagues and communities across the country. It is imperative that we are mindful and intentional of how we support our Black LGBTQ+ colleagues as they continue to advocate for equity on our campuses.

We would like to offer several spaces for colleagues to grieve, process, and be in community together. Next Tuesday, July 12, 2016, from 3:30pm-5:30pm EST we will host a conference call for Black LGBTQ+ colleagues to share space. You can register for this call at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6203681374719435266.

We will also offer additional spaces for colleagues to connect next week and will provide more information in the days to come.

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The combined vision and mission of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Offices/Centers. Learn more about the Consortium at lgbtcampus.org.





















 
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Matt Bruno & D.A. Dirks
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chair@lgbtcampus.org
lgbtcampus.org
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New York, NY 10016                    

 

 

 

 

 

Holding Universities Accountable: 

Protecting Transgender Students Under Title IX


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2016


In December of 2015, the Consortium sent letters to the United States Department of Education and the Department of Justice requesting federal guidance for supporting transgender students in higher education. This past week, the Obama administration issued a Dear Colleague letter outlining many of the recommendations. Below are highlights from our December letter.


The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals supports over 800 members on over 200 college campuses across the United States. Nearly every day, we hear from members who are working to ensure that transgender students are being treated equitably on their campuses. Our members tell us that they face institutional roadblocks, including: computer systems that disregard transgender students’ names, unsafe restrooms, and few staff members  who are competent in supporting transgender students. Together with our members, we work to create higher education environments where LGBTQ individuals have equity in every respect.
 
Towards that end, we seek to remove barriers that prevent transgender students from full participation in the college environment. Because of this goal, we appreciate the steps that the Office of Civil Rights has taken thus far to ensure the equitable treatment of transgender students. However, these documents fall short of discussing the full range of discrimination faced by college students on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. We implore the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights to issue clear guidelines and policies that lead to truer inclusion and protection of transgender students at colleges and universities.
 
Below are a few examples of places where colleges can prevent sex-based  and gender-based discrimination.
  In residential facilities, transgender students should be housed in accordance with their gender identities.
  In bathroom and locker room facilities, transgender students should be granted access in accordance with their gender identities. Schools should also create all-gender or “family” restrooms and locker rooms in order to provide additional options. Nevertheless, no student should be required to use separate facilities because they are transgender.
  In campus record-keeping systems, transgender students should be able to list a name, gender marker, and pronoun that reflect their identities.
  In sororities, fraternities, and other sex-segregated groups, transgender students should be granted access in accordance with their gender identities.
  In student health centers, transgender students should be cared for by professionals with experience and knowledge about the health needs of transgender individuals. Student health insurance policies should cover medically necessary care for transgender individuals, including hormones and surgery.
 
As colleges and universities admit increasing numbers of transgender students to their campuses, they will be looking to federal guidelines to be sure that they are in compliance. We request your help in providing that information to them.

Read the full December letter here. We thank the Obama administration for issuing clearer guidelines on making our institutions of higher education more inclusive for transgender students, and we also acknowledge that many institutions will still have questions in regards to comprehensive implementation. To learn more concrete steps to campus trans inclusion, please see our joint publication with Lambda Legal, or visit our policy and practice recommendations document for more in-depth guidance.


The combined vision and mission of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Offices/Centers. Learn more about the Consortium at lgbtcampus.org.
























 
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Recommendations for Supporting Trans and Queer Students of Color

Student affairs (SA) professionals have a unique opportunity to work directly with trans and queer students of color (TQSOC) on campuses across the United States. Most of this work is concentrated in cultural centers, which include race-specific resource centers, LGBTQ+ resource centers, and multicultural resource enters. Due to nationwide calls for accountability and the growing need to better serve TQSOC, we the committee have decided to combine our efforts and create guiding suggestions for campus partners to use when doing the work of supporting TQSOC. In this document we will discuss the historical context of cultural centers and LGBTQ+ centers on college campuses. Too few of us know these histories, which can prove a barrier to collaboration. The first section will also explore other barriers to collaboration including a lack of awareness around race/racism/whiteness in LGBTQ+ spaces, as well as a lack of awareness around sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) in multicultural center spaces. This document also contains suggestions for SA professionals to incorporate into their departments. We invite you to spend some time reflecting upon the questions for further consideration that are found in each section.

Click here to download the full publication. 

 

 
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