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Monday, August 14, 2017 03:18 PM

Board Retreat Update 2017

Happy August from the Board!

Typically, our first communication to membership for the academic year is a recap of our Summer Institute and Executive Board retreat. While we were working on that plan an incident came up that required our attention. The firing of our colleague Dr. Jonathan Higgins was a reminder of the importance of our work and the need for solidarity at the individual and organizational level. Last summer we decided to overhaul the Consortium’s mission and vision, centering our work on racial justice, and supporting our members in our collective work of liberating all LGBTQ people on college campuses. We hope that our letter of support is a signal to our members, and to other organizations, that the Consortium is committed to this mission and vision.
The message that follows will provide three things:

  1. Highlights from the Summer 2017 Institute at North Carolina Central University and our partnership with the National Black Justice Coalition
  2. Updates on initiatives that the board is taking on to support our mission and vision.
  3. Reminders about all things Creating Change. This includes how members can get involved in the Education Committee and Institute Planning, as well as a reminder on the awards the Consortium gives out each year.
    1. Centering our commitment to Racial Justice
    2. Strategic Organizational Planning
    3. Fiscal Transparency


2017 Summer Institute

Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Hope: Supporting QTPOC on College Campuses

Saturday July 17th, 2017 at North Carolina Central University

The 2017 Consortium Summer Institute was amazing!  In alignment with our new mission to center the work in an intersectional and racial justice framework, the Summer Institute was hosted for the first time at an HBCU and proved to be groundbreaking. In collaboration with practitioners from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Consortium board members planned the day-long institute consisting of 10 workshop sessions, two keynotes, and a riveting student lunch panel.  The institute was attended by more than 80 professionals representing over 13 organizations. The Consortium extends immense gratitude to our partners from NCCU, NBJC, and the many presenters that were integral in making the day a healing and learning space for so many.

Based on the success of this Institute, along the Consortium’s desire to continue to engage in meaningful collaboration that centers and serves queer and trans students of Color, the Consortium board has decided that future Summer Institutes will be held at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and work in collaboration with partnerships both within and outside of higher education. We are already looking forward to planning the 2018 Consortium Summer Institute. For more information on the event and pictures check out our website, Facebook and Twitter pages!

- 2017 Consortium Summer Institute Planning Committee


Board Initiatives

This year’s Board Retreat took place directly following the 2017 Summer Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. The focus of this year’s work was to continue to apply the organization’s new mission and vision to the needs and goals of the Consortium. The following initiatives were identified as priorities and will guide the work of the board over the next year:

Centering the commitment to Racial Justice

  • The Consortium will be working with a consultant to develop a curriculum and process for restorative practices as an organization with opportunities for membership to engage in this work

  • A quarterly Racial Justice webinar series featuring scholars and practitioners discussing the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity starting in September.

  • Holding whiteness accountable: In an effort to provide White members with more opportunities to engage in the work of Racial Justice the board has formed a working group to identify and create resources for our organization, with potential outcomes being the creation of a living syllabus, webinars, and social media engagement opportunities

Strategic Organizational Planning

After celebrating the Consortium’s 20th birthday and revising our mission and vision, the Board decided it would be helpful to seek outside assistance to imagine the future of the Consortium. We are reaching out to potential organizational consultants to help with this process in order to assist in identifying ways to enable the Consortium to actualize our new mission and vision, while enhancing our service to the membership.

Fiscal Transparency

Please check out our new Fiscal Transparency page under the About Us when you log in to the website. This page is a resource for members to follow the financial policies and practices of the Consortium. We want to be accountable to you as members and make our financial processes as transparent as possible.

Please reach out to the Co-Chairs, Van & Adriana, or any board members for questions on board initiatives!


Creating Change 2018


Join this year’s Education Committee!

Join us in organizing or providing thoughts to inform the Consortium's presence and professional development offerings at next year's Creating Change conference in Washington, D.C. (January 24-28, 2018)! While it would be great to have folks involved who plan to attend, we recognize that it may be too early for some folks to plan on attending—so even if you're not sure, let us know how you'd like to be involved! Some responsibilities include regularly scheduled conference calls with the Education Committee, identifying areas of focus and key topics or/and facilitators, and shaping what the Consortium's educational opportunities might look like. Whether you've attended in the past or are looking forward to being there in January, we'd love to have you on involved. Contact Julio Oyola, Education Chair, at [email protected] by August 20th.


2018 Consortium Awards

The community of LGBTQ Higher Education Resource Professionals is comprised of a vast array of dedicated individuals committed to enriching the lives and campus climates for LGBTQ people and their allies in higher education. It is only appropriate that we are able to recognize the durable and sustainable impact that we and our colleagues have at our institutions. This year the Consortium will present the following awards:

  • Promising New Professional

  • Outstanding Social Justice Practice

  • Research & Assessment

Stay tuned for an email with more information from Support Services Chair, Meg Evans, on the awards and how to nominate your colleagues! Details on past recipients can be found on our website at:


Thank You

We are grateful to be able to spend part of the summer focusing on this work. One of the major advantages of the summer retreat is that it allows our board to be together in person. For most of the year, we are physically far apart, connecting only by phone and email. Being together for the retreat means that we can set expectations, make plans, and get to know each other better.


To find your new board members, please go to:


To find your regional representatives, please go to:


Thank you for your continued support of the Consortium and our board!


In Community,

Dr. Adriana di Bartolo & Dr. Van Bailey
Co-Chairs ([email protected])

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:05 PM


Media Contacts:

Dr. Van Bailey, Co-Chair
Dr. Adriana di Bartolo, Co-Chair [email protected]

LB Hannahs, Development Chair [email protected]
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White Supremacy and White Fragility: The Firing of Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins


July 12, 2017

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals denounces the recent dismissal of Dr. Jonathan Higgins from the Claremont Colleges.
The firing of Dr. Higgins shines a bright light on entrenched white supremacy and white fragility in higher education as well as the hypocrisy at play in the free speech debate across higher education. Media outlets like The College Fix claim to ardently support free speech yet condemn and call for the termination of those who do not conform to their worldview. 

We are particularly concerned about the impact that Dr. Higgins’ dismissal has on QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) students, faculty, and staff at the Claremont Colleges, as well as the message this sends to our QTPOC colleagues and students across institutions.  This is not an isolated incident, but yet another example of faculty and staff of color speaking truth to their experiences of anti-Blackness and racism to be met with devastating and violent consequences. College and university leadership should stand by their employees when they are targeted for harassment, and this most recent incident demonstrates how faculty and staff members, particularly those holding marginalized identities and sharing their experiences, have been singled out by right wing media outlets and their supporters. The Consortium echoes the call by Julia Golden-Battle for student affairs professional organizations, including NASPA and ACPA, to support the dedicated professionals who serve students on a daily basis. These professional organizations must also interrogate and address how white supremacy and white fragility adversely impact the lives of our QTPOC colleagues.

We also wish to affirm our support for the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges (QRC) and the staff members currently serving in the Center. This decision to terminate Dr. Higgins was made by the Pomona College administration, and the actions taken by the administration make the QRC’s work of “actively challenging all forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, xenophobia, classism, and ableism, and actively working toward justice, and prioritizing lived experiences and centering voices of those who have multiple marginalized identities” even more challenging.

Campuses can support Dr. Higgins’ work by employing him as a speaker and facilitator. Dr Higgins has been named a “Top 100 LGBTQ Emerging Leader” by the National Black Justice Coalition and he has “over 10 years of experience in education, social justice and grassroots movements, Dr. Higgins is focused on public speaking and working with the media on issues centered on people of color, LGBTQ storytelling and marginalized communities.” Campus administrators can also sign onto an open letter in defense of Dr. Higgins, which includes a list of demands to Dr. Miriam Feldblum,Vice President and Dean of Students and Dr. Jan Collins-Eaglin, Associate Dean of Students for Personal Success and Wellness at Pomona College.

The Consortium’s 2014 self study report indicated that 22.1% of members identified as POC while only 7% identified as Black across all levels of experience collectively. Our own field is gravely lacking in QTPOC leadership on college and university campuses.  This is an important moment to center our QTPOC colleagues and students, as the violence that consistently oppresses these identities is made public and more tangible through this type of action and limits opportunities for advancement and growth within our profession. In the spring of 2016, the Consortium released our Recommendations for Supporting Trans and Queer Students of Color, which may be a helpful resource at this time. We also invite our membership to speak with members of our board at any time, including our Racial Justice Chair and People of Color Co-Chairs.


The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals envisions higher education environments where LGBTQ people, inclusive of all of our intersecting identities, are fully liberated. We are a member-based organization working towards the liberation of LGBTQ people in higher education. We support individuals who work on campuses to educate and support people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as advocate for more inclusive policies and practices through an intersectional and racial justice framework. Learn more about the Consortium

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 03:20 PM

Thursday April 20 is Give OUT Day

The Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Resource Professionals is participating for the first time in Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community.

Our goal this year is $7,500 to help support pipeline initiatives and our summer institute collaboration with NBJC at North Carolina Central University where our family needs extra support in this climate. We know we can do it, but only with your help!

Give OUT Day is Thursday, but did you know that you can schedule your donation right now? You can!  Please donate on the Consortium’s Give OUT Day page today.

Your gift helps us continue to fight for better campus climate, trans and non-binary inclusion in Title IX, restroom justice, elevating trans and queer voices of color, supporting staff in the profession, and more. Thank you again for believing in us.


Help the Consortium meet our $7,500 goal by donating today. And tell your friends and colleagues about our work and encourage them to donate. Please know that every donation will make a huge impact for our pipeline work and institute work at this crucial political moment.


Thank you again for your support of our work. We couldn’t do it without you.


In solidarity,

The Consortium Board

P.S. Want to make an even bigger impact for the Consortium this Give OUT Day? Sign up to become a Fundraiser for us. This link will let you set up a page with your own message that you can send to friends & colleagues to donate. Questions? Check out the how-to pageor contact KCB at [email protected]. You have the most impact on your sphere of influence!


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Monday, March 20, 2017 07:13 PM

Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Hope:
Supporting QTPOC on College Campuses

2017 Summer Institute Registration & Workshop Proposals

2017 Summer InstituteSaturday, June 17, 2017

North Carolina Central University

Submit a Workshop Proposal by Apr 24:

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
, in conjunction with North Carolina Central University and the National Black Justice Coalition, is proud to offer this professional development opportunity to higher education colleagues to build networks across the region & country, discuss emerging trends in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student services, and share knowledge and struggles in the work of supporting TQPOC students on college campuses. The institute is appropriate for all experience levels and professional roles.
Sponsored by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, North Carolina Central University, and the National Black Justice Coalition
Consortium members: $25
Grad students (non-members): $35
Regular registration (non-members): $60
Late Registration (starting June 11th): $100
For more information or information on sliding scale opportunities for registration, contact Meg Evans (the Consortium's Support Services Chair).
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 04:33 PM

Statement on White House Rescinding Dear Colleague Letter on Trans Inclusion

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals condemns the action taken by the Trump administration in denying the civil rights of transgender students across the nation. The Trump administration recently rescinded the "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students" that gave guidance to educational institutions on how to support trans students. The Consortium and its members who staff LGBTQ campus centers work to empower, build safety for, and affirm trans, genderqueer, and non-binary students, staff, and faculty on college and university campuses, and we will continue to do so.

We call on colleges and universities to legally encode in their institutional policies the rights that the Trump administration is no longer protecting. Furthermore, the Consortium urges institutions to continue to be bold and steadfast in their support for trans, genderqueer, and non-binary students, staff, and faculty: it is time that institutions rise up and support their trans students. Please refer to the resources linked below:

The Consortium Executive Board recognizes this is a dire landscape for trans students and professionals, and we see you and value the lives and labor of trans people in this work. We are here to provide assistance and guidance, and please reach out to us and colleagues as support and resources in this critical campus equity work.

-The Consortium Executive Board

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