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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 01:46 PM

Members, Colleagues, Friends,

We write to you today to offer our support to our collective community in this challenging and unprecedented moment addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. We are, like most of you, experiencing the variable and chaotic environments of our campuses and communities as we work to collectively flatten the curve related to the spread of the virus. 

We have a few messages we would like to share at this time, and please know, we will continue to be in communication as necessary.

First, we want to address the mental and emotional toll this moment in time is taking on us as professionals and simply as humans. Being on the front lines in supporting our students, navigating institutional responses, and adapting to changing work environments—while balancing the needs and well-being of our families, communities, and those around us—is a lot of weight from all directions and can be overwhelming. Events to which we have given labor and resources are being canceled, communities we have intentionally facilitated are being separated by distance, and the needed policy and practice discussions and decisions for which we have long advocated are being necessarily pushed aside in addressing present concerns. All of these experiences and more can induce all types of feelings:sadness, disappointment, frustration, and more. We hope we can collectively hold space for one another; we share two quotes we found timely for this moment (plus, this guide on caring for your mental health). 

From Audre Lorde:

“Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.”

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”

Second, while we hope all of our institutions are intentionally considering the impact changes in campus practice have on our marginalized student communities, we know from our work on our campuses that we are often the ones advocating specifically for our students’ needs. While each institution’s circumstances are unique and most of us are operating at or past capacity, we encourage you to reach out to your colleagues for support and brainstorming as we negotiate these challenges. A couple of requests for practice-sharing have come over the practitioner listserv thus far—if you have a moment to share and offer support, please do. We also want to offer a reminder of our regional listservs and social media groups, which can be utilized to discuss resource sharing and set up calls to increase regional support. The Consortium also has a number of constituency Facebook groups and general social media channels, which are additional ways to stay connected and offer support to one another. 

Third, in terms of programming and support from the Consortium, we will do our best to continue our work as planned and to offer opportunities for community engagement for our membership. The Membership Engagement Collective has scheduled the spring constituency calls—these upcoming community gatherings will be an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues. 

  • Trans, Non-binary, and Genderqueer
    • Constituency for members who identify as trans, non-binary, genderqueer, or another term outside of cisgender
    • Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 AM PT/11:30 AM MT / 12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM ET
    • Access the Hangout video call at meet.google.com/bsv-cpiz-qia or call in via phone by calling +1 252-516-1110‬ PIN: ‪206 300 277‬#
  • People of Color
    • Constituency for members who identify as people of color
    • Monday, April 6 at 10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET
    • Access the Hangout video call at meet.google.com/cbo-spze-wqs or call in via phone by calling +1 470-735-3496‬ PIN: ‪813 092 404‬#
  • Seasoned Professionals
    • This is a new constituency for professionals who have been in LGBTQ+ resource professional roles for 7+ years.  This includes professionals who continue to work in LGBTQ+ resource professional roles, have advanced in their careers but previously worked in LGBTQ+ resource professional roles LGBTQ+ support roles, or continue to have LGBTQ+ support in their portfolios.
    • Tuesday, April 7 at 9:00 AM PT / 10:00 AM MT/ 11:00 AM CT/12:00 PM ET
    • Access the Zoom meeting at https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/445475890
  • LGBT2
    • Constituency for LGBTQ+ resource professionals and those who serve in LGBTQ+ support roles who do not serve as directors within their institutions (potential titles include Program Coordinators, Assistant and Associate Directors, etc.)
    • Tuesday April 14 at 10:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM MT / 12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM ET
    • Access the Hangout video call at meet.google.com/mpm-nwqw-kfw or call in via phone by calling +1 414-909-5106‬ PIN: ‪716 025 702‬#

We appreciate your patience as we navigate our own capacities in this rapidly changing landscape. Please continue to reach out with questions or concerns- see below for a reminder on how to reach those with whom you need to connect. While there may be a slight delay in hearing from us, that is the best way to get in touch. 

Thank you for the important work you are doing in your communities. The history of the queer and trans communities’ strength and resilience feels particularly present now, and we hope it offers an anchoring point as we navigate what is to come. Thank you for your ongoing support, please reach out to share how we can support you, and, of course, wash your hands

In Solidarity, 

The Consortium Executive Board

 
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Monday, January 13, 2020 05:48 PM

Dear Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the second week of this new year, and that we will be gathering this week with many of you at Creating Change! We are reaching out today to share some additional details about Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals events at Creating Change 2020. 

Consortium Opening Social

Our first time together in Dallas will be a Consortium BAR TAKEOVER in The Parlor bar at the Sheraton from 9:30 - 11:00 pm. The Consortium will provide some apps, so be on the lookout for us (we’ll try to have some Consortium signage to help you find us), and come hang out before we kick off the daylong on Thursday! 

Consortium Daylong Institute

The theme of this year's Daylong Institute is Queering the Future & we are thrilled to be offering a full day of critical conversations, reflecting on both better practices & obstacles within our field as well as engaging in an afternoon of collective creation. Here's an overview of our schedule (times subject to change):

9:00 - 9:45 AM             Welcome & Presentation of Consortium Awards 

9:45 - 11:00 AM            Critical Conversation Breakout Session

We will be establishing community agreements for our space & engaging in a series of discussions around issues that impact our work. 

11:00 - 11:45 AM           Regions Connection

An opportunity to connect with your region representative & other colleagues within your region. 

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM        Lunch on Your Own Break

1:15 - 3:15 PM               Affinity/Identity Group Breakout Session

We will enter into this session with a reassertion of our commitment to racial justice per the Consortium's revised mission & vision. We will break up into race-centered spaces & reflect on our positionality & possibilities.

3:15 - 4:45 PM              2020 & Beyond: Envisioning Our Liberation

We're making a zine, ya'll! We'll be reflecting on the futurity of our campuses, our students & ourselves as a guide for co-creating a series of zine pages, personal art, collages, etc. WE INVITE & ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BRING MATERIALS TO SHARE FOR THIS PROJECT. This can include: magazines, stickers, newspapers, stamps, cool paper, old books, markers, etc. The more materials we have, the more expansive our project can be. We will be scanning/photographing pages folks are willing to share to then be disseminated to membership & beyond to communicate our vision of the future.

Consortium Extension Session

The Consortium has a session reserved during the second workshop block on Friday, January 17th. Currently this session is set-up as a continuation and enhancement of our work during the Daylong Institute - it will be a space to continue engaging in thoughtful conversation and networking with colleagues, as well as to learn more about the Consortium and connect with the current Executive Board. 

Consortium Socials Throughout the Conference

All socials (minus the Consortium Opening Social) will take place in the Consortium Suite, within the conference hotel - the suite number will be announced at the Daylong Institute and via social media.

  • Graduate Student Social/Lunch: Friday 12 - 1:15 pm; a space for graduate students in any discipline to connect

  • TGQ Dinner: Friday 6 - 7:30 pm; dinner welcoming folx who identify as trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming

  • Past Board Social: Friday 8 - 9 pm; space for all past board members of the Consortium to connect and be in community

  • Consortium Meetup: Friday 9 - 10:30 pm; all Consortium members and guests welcome - connect with colleagues and friends and meet new ones

  • LGBT2 Lunch: Saturday 11 - 12:30 pm; lunch welcoming higher education professionals doing LGBTQ+ work who are not directors on their campuses (program coordinators, assistant directors, etc.)

  • POC Dinner: Saturday 6:30 - 8 pm; dinner welcoming Consortium members and higher education LGBTQ+ professionals who identify as People of Color

  • Sober Social: Saturday 9 - 10 pm; social space for Consortium members and guests to connect in a substance-free environment

Higher Education Content Sessions
The Consortium board worked with the National LGBTQ Task Force staff to curate a diversity of higher-education sessions throughout each day of the conference in the same (or a nearby) room.  We hope this will provide our membership with opportunities to engage in sessions related to our work throughout the conference in a convenient location!

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor

9:00 AM           Designing Change on College Campuses

10:45 AM         Dismantling White Supremacy in LGBTQ Centers as a QTPOC Director           

3:00 PM           Engaging Queer Students in STEM Fields with Queer Science! 

4:45 PM           Everything I Need To Know About College I Learned In A Black Church           

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Other Locations

10:45 AM        Consortium Extension Session (Austin 1, Hotel 2nd flr)

6:30 PM          Caucus: Black Queer Women in College, (Houston C, Convention Ctr, 3rd flr)          

Sat., January 18, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor

9:00 AM          Igniting Lighthouses in a Storm: Creating College LGBTQI+ Mentorship Programming        

10:45 AM        Youth Empowerment and College Pathways Collaboration   

1:30 PM           What’s Faith got do It? Queering Faith and Spiritual Journeys in Higher Education    

3:15 PM           Working From Whiteness: Supporting and Challenging LGBTQA+ White College 

Students              

7:00 PM           Caucus: Queer College Conference Leaders

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to connecting with you in Dallas!

Sincerely, 

The Consortium Executive Board

 
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Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:55 PM

There are several ways to engage with the Consortium at this year’s Creating Change Conference including the Daylong Institute, workshops, regional connections, constituency spaces & socials.

This year most of the higher education-related sessions will be in the same room (Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor).  We will also have a Consortium table in front of Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor, so stop by to say hi and ask us any questions you might have about the Consortium. 

 

Daylong Institute

This year’s Daylong will be centered on Queering the Future. The Daylong will feature critical conversations around issues, trends, and best practices in our field. The Daylong will feature opportunities to connect with other colleagues and friends across regions and discuss how we would like to see the future of our profession impact our communities. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Membership Engagement Collective ([email protected]). 

 

Consortium-Sponsored Socials

All socials (minus the Consortium Opening Social) will take place in the Consortium Suite - Location TBD

Consortium Opening Social         Weds. January 15, 2020 from 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Grad Student Social Lunch           Fri. January 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
TGQ Dinner                                  Fri. January 17, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Past Board Social                        Fri., January 17, 2020 from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Consortium Meet-Up                   Fri. January 17, 2020 from 9:00 PM - 10:30PM
LGBT2 Lunch                              Sat. January 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:30PM
Region Reps Meet-Up                  Sat. January 18, 2020 from  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
POC Dinner                                Sat. January 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
Sober Social                              Sat. January 18, 2020 from 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

 

Higher Education-Related Sessions
The Consortium board worked with the National LGBTQ Task Force staff to curate a diversity of higher-education sessions throughout each day of the conference in the same (or a nearby) room.  We hope this will provide our membership with opportunities to engage in sessions related to our work throughout the conference in a convenient location!

 

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor
9:00 AM           Designing Change on College Campuses
10:45 AM         Dismantling White Supremacy in LGBTQ Centers as a QTPOC Director
3:00 PM           Engaging Queer Students in STEM Fields with Queer Science! 
4:45 PM           Everything I Need To Know About College I Learned In A Black Church            

 

Fri., January 17, 2020 - Other Locations
10:45 AM         Consortium Extension Session (Austin 1, Hotel 2nd flr)
6:30 PM           Caucus: Black Queer Women in College, (Houston C, Convention Ctr, 3rd flr)          

 

Sat., January 18, 2020 - Austin 2, Hotel 2nd floor
9:00 AM          Igniting Lighthouses in a Storm: Creating College LGBTQI+ Mentorship Programming        
10:45 AM         Youth Empowerment and College Pathways Collaboration   
1:30 PM           What’s Faith got do It? Queering Faith and Spiritual Journeys in Higher Education    
3:15 PM           Working From Whiteness: Supporting and Challenging LGBTQA+ White College Students              
7:00 PM           Caucus: Queer College Conference Leaders


Please email [email protected] or mention "@LGBTcampus" on Twitter if you have any questions about Consortium activities at Creating Change.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

 
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Friday, February 08, 2019 02:17 AM

Standards of Practice: Beginning a Conversation About the Core Competencies for LGBTQIA+ Directors and Professionals in Higher Education

In February 2016, the Consortium commissioned a workgroup to develop standards of practice and core competencies for the profession. The committee’s charge was: “to develop and disseminate standards that can be operationalized on any campus, whether or not these campuses have LGBT resource professionals. These standards will be a companion document to the Council for the Advancement of the Standards in Higher Education’s (CAS) LGBT Program and Services Standards.” The workgroup—comprised of Debbie Bazarsky, Brian Edwards, Luke Jensen, Sivagami Subbaraman, Bonnie Sugiyama, and Shaun Travers—met from 2016 to 2018 to develop these standards of practice in the context of the evolving and changing landscape within higher education.

In the development of the core competencies, the committee centered: 1) the constituencies served (i.e., students, staff, faculty, alums, and the local community); 2) the identities of the LGBTQIA+ community (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, same-gender loving, transgender, nonbinary, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, Two Spirit, bigender, pangender, gender nonconforming, gender variant, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and emerging identities, as well as intersecting identities, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, class, disability, religion and spirituality); and 3) the wide and complex variations in institutional structures, divisions, and departments within higher education.

They are grounded in the histories of the LGBTQIA+ profession and scaffolded by two frameworks—1) social justice with an intersectional lens (i.e., intentional and critical reflection, analysis, and action, both individually and institutionally, which: centers racial justice; interrupts and deconstructs privilege, power, oppression, and inaction; and elevates the voices and omitted histories of historically underrepresented, marginalized, and minoritized people) and 2) the concept of the life span (i.e., from prospective student through alum status and from prospective employee through emeritus/retirement). Also guiding the development of these core competencies was the shared vision of the Consortium: “we envision higher education environments where LGBTQ people, inclusive of all of our intersecting identities, are fully liberated.”

The twelve core competencies are designed to provide direction for the profession and are built upon the work of LGBTQIA+ directors and professionals who have come before us. Through these standards, we strive to inspire professionals currently in the work; guide emerging professionals to consider this path in higher education; provide guidance to institutions who are planning to create a position and a Center;  and support administrators who supervise LGBTQIA+ directors and professionals. We view these core competencies as an opportunity to think robustly about our roles in higher education; and we recognize some competencies will have more resonance than others given the broad diversity of our roles and institutions. The intention of the standards of practice and core competencies is to provide opportunities for LGBTQIA+ directors, professionals, and administrators  to: 1) further advocate for support and resources needed to adequately do this work within institutions; 2) continue to deeply assess one’s own learning edges for personal and professional development; 3) enhance the mentorship and fostering of early career and aspiring professionals; and 4) make visible the profession in higher education literature. Additionally, these competencies provide an opportunity to expand professional training and education for our field and offer guidance for the profession.

Over the next 12-18 months, there will be many opportunities to engage with the competencies. There is a much larger article about the standards of the profession and core competencies that will be forthcoming. There will be presentations about the Core Competencies via Consortium webinars, at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference and Creating Change 2020, and other national conferences. Moreover, a compendium about how to use the competencies is also forthcoming. Our hope is this is the beginning of a much larger conversation about the profession, our collective vision for the work, our transformative work as LGBTQIA+ directors and professionals, and the future for LGBTQIA+ campus life.

The Core Competencies for LGBTQIA+ Directors and Professionals in Higher Education

Competency One
Has the ability to envision and execute a strategic direction for all facets of LGBTQIA+ campus life.

A critical role is thinking and acting strategically on behalf of all LGBTQIA+ constituencies (i.e., undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, alums, parents/families, and community members) who have varied, and sometimes competing, needs. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional is innovative, has strong political acumen, thinks and acts strategically, and builds meaningful partnerships with colleagues across academic and administrative departments. From the development of a strategic plan for LGBTQIA+ campus life through consulting with senior leaders about an array of LGBTQIA+ and other diversity and inclusion topics, the director/professional needs to be able to customize messaging about the work to various campus stakeholders (e.g., cabinet members, trustees, student leaders, institutional committees, and faculty senate) to achieve institutional support for all LGBTQIA+ constituencies.

Competency Two
Navigates complex campus structures and contexts with political acumen to affect institutional change for LGBTQIA+ communities.

Colleges and universities are complex organizations with multiple layers of administrative structure, each encompassing their own mission, values, culture, and institutional priorities. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional interacts with each of these layers within their specific context, in order to affect and sustain institutional change towards a positive campus climate for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, alums, and other campus stakeholders. This navigation requires a political acumen in negotiation, communication, and managing power dynamics.

Competency Three
Provides administrative leadership and management of human, physical, and financial resources dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ campus populations.

Whether located within a standalone unit (e.g., LGBTQIA+ center) or as part of a broader entity (e.g., diversity and inclusion), the LGBTQIA+ director/professional actualizes the mission and provides vision and oversight for the leadership and management of financial resources, human resources (e.g., hiring, onboarding, supervising, and termination of staff), technology, facilities and equipment, programmatic initiatives, and overall assessment of programs, services, and issues of access and equity. They develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with campus partners and community organizations to support stakeholders with varying needs. Additionally, they seek institutional and external support to expand financial resources.

Competency Four
Creates a culture of belonging within the campus LGBTQIA+ community through inclusive practices that embrace all LGBTQIA+ identities and the diverse intersections of these identities.

The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse in the many identities that exist within and outside of gender and sexuality spectra. As a microcosm of society, the LGBTQIA+ community is not immune to the historical and current injustices within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly around race and ethnicity, and including but not limited to issues related to nationality, immigration status, gender, class, disability, religion and spirituality. New and emerging identities are a constant in the field and the LGBTQIA+ director/professional creates spaces for the entire campus, alums, and the local community to learn about and embrace the developing landscape for inclusion. Additionally, there are identities within the LGBTQIA+ community that experience marginalization from within the LGBTQIA+ community. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional must intentionally create spaces where the intersections of all LGBTQIA+ identities are respected, honored, and celebrated.

Competency Five
Has significant knowledge of and experience with policy and practice related to LGBTQIA+ communities in the broader context of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion issues are present throughout all campus structures. The ability to incorporate intersections of sexual and romantic orientation and gender identity and expression into ongoing diversity and inclusion conversations, practices, and policies requires both deep knowledge and significant interpersonal skills. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional must remain up-to-date and have knowledge about: 1) federal, state, and local laws that affect LGBTQIA+ people (i.e., both in terms of their LGBTQIA+ and intersecting identities) with a special emphasis on continuously changing laws and ordinances, emerging legislation, and Title IX guidance; 2) related compliance reporting obligations; 3) harassment, bias, and violence intervention; and 4) national best practices and additional proactive measures regarding anti-harassment training and violence prevention. Because LGBTQIA+ issues have emerged more recently on many college and university campuses, the ability to have expertise in historical and existing equity, diversity, and inclusion issues (i.e., especially around race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, class, disability, religion and spirituality) requires practical knowledge, experience, and proficiency.

Competency Six
Assesses campus climate and LGBTQIA+ success using multiple measurement methods and communicates the impact of LGBTQIA+ communities on campus and the impact of campus on LGBTQIA+ communities.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional must be knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ research design, methods, data interpretation, and privacy concerns, so they can effectively consult their campuses (e.g., institutional research offices and data analysts, senior administrators, individual departments, and faculty and other campus researchers) on data collection. Many campuses define institutional success through specific strategic goals (i.e., tied to closing achievement gaps related to retention, GPA, graduation rates, and time to degree); and measurements are often cisnormative and heteronormative and based on national and state instruments that typically have not considered LGBTQIA+ communities or their intersecting identities. Therefore, the LGBTQIA+ director/professional should have significant expertise to consult on inclusive instrument creation/enhancement, effectively measure campus success, clearly interpret data, and communicate findings in persuasive and meaningful ways, in order to enact change. Additionally, program assessments, the most common evaluation utilized in this work, must be in alignment with broader constructs of institutional success.

Competency Seven
Participates in the intellectual life of the institution and contributes to its academic mission.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional partners with faculty, staff, students, and administrators in the core mission of higher education—research, teaching, learning, and service. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional has the ability to collaborate with faculty across disciplines in curriculum transformation to: incorporate LGBTQIA+ issues into existing courses; develop curriculum for courses focused on, or inclusive of, LGBTQIA+ content; and support the implementation of LGBTQIA+ studies or other formal academic programs focused on gender and sexuality. They provide learning opportunities, which complement academic curricula (e.g., organizing lecture series and colloquia, curating art exhibits and performance series, facilitating academic book clubs, and providing other educational offerings) and provide extensive information for faculty and those seeking coursework related to LGBTQIA+ identities. Moreover, the LGBTQIA+ director/professional supports faculty, staff, and students who engage in research, facilitates workshops, and assists instructors with the provision of supportive learning environments through shared best practices (e.g., inclusive pedagogy and andragogy, pronoun use in the classroom, and names on rosters).

Competency Eight
Provides institutional partners with support and consultation, through an holistic approach, to enhance individual and community success.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional intentionally collaborates with campus partners (e.g., admission and enrollment services, centers for teaching and learning, human resources, academic affairs, student affairs, health and counseling centers, public safety, and athletics) and community organizations to holistically support (i.e., in mind, body, and spirit) LGBTQIA+ people and all of their intersecting identities. They consult with colleagues on the development of training, curricula, resource materials, and outreach strategies with the goal of building capacity among a network of institutional partners who share the responsibility in developing an intersectional lens for cultural competence that includes programs, services, advocacy, and resources.

Competency Nine
Collaborates with institutional partners to increase access, recruitment, and retention of LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional utilizes institutional knowledge to advocate for increased access, recruitment, and retention. Drawing upon a variety of institutional tools and data sources (e.g., campus climate surveys, national health and engagement surveys, human resources exit interviews, and focus groups), they assess the state of the LGBTQIA+ community at the institution. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional interprets data to discern issues that may positively or negatively impact individual and community access, outreach, conditions of success, and barriers to achievement. They understand what makes success possible at their institution and collaborate with campus partners (e.g., admission, human resources, faculty senate, student affairs, academic affairs, alumni affairs, athletics, identity-based centers, and institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity offices) to improve recruitment and retention of LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty.

Competency Ten
Supports the LGBTQIA+ community through strong crisis management skills and collaboration with key campus partners.

LGBTQIA+ people are often reluctant to access counseling centers, employee assistance programs, and other campus resources. They frequently first seek support from the LGBTQIA+ director/professional for: 1) mental health (e.g., depression, self injury, and suicidal ideation); 2) sexual harassment and assault (e.g., sexual and physical violence and intimate partner violence); and 3) bias-related incidents (e.g., overt discrimination, hate crimes, and implicit bias). The LGBTQIA+ director/professional must be proactive, execute excellent judgment, and have established collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus to effectively respond to situations. This includes serving on and/or engaging with crisis response, bias response, threat management, and case management teams. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional ministers to the campus community and provides support, guidance, and programming around national and local events that deeply affect them (e.g., legislation and supreme court rulings, sexual harassment and assault cases, hate crimes, suicides, and responses to national violence, such as the Pulse shooting and police brutality). In addition to crises, all constituents seek out support for interpersonal issues (e.g., adjustment to campus, relationships and family, academic distress, and workplace and campus climate concerns) and identity-based topics (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, other intersecting identities, transitioning, and coming out). These require a comfort with providing support, guidance, and referral services as appropriate.

Competency Eleven
Engages LGBTQIA+ and allied alums and supports institutional goals around fundraising and advancement.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional brings alums back to campus (i.e., sometimes for the first time) and provides opportunities for active engagement and participation. Alumni affairs and development colleagues rely on the LGBTQIA+ director/professional to help identify and recruit LGBTQIA+ and allied alums and family members, organize events, collaborate across affinity groups (e.g., Black, Latinx, Native American, and Asian and Pacific Islander alum groups) to co-develop programmatic and other opportunities for networking, engagement, and giving. The LGBTQIA+ director/professional engages alums, families, and community members in fundraising for both LGBTQIA+ services and overall giving to the institution. They also support alumni affairs and development officers in a multitude of ways, including: training around best practices, record keeping, and collaboration with other colleagues who serve these constituencies (e.g., career services, financial aid, parent and family programs, academic programs, and student affairs).

Competency Twelve
Utilizes knowledge of research, theory, and history of LGBTQIA+ communities, grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion.

The LGBTQIA+ director/professional is designated as the campus expert on LGBTQIA+ communities. Distinct from faculty, researchers, and other educators who create and transmit knowledge in specific areas and domains, the LGBTQIA+ director/professional relies on integrated community knowledge and history, coupled with significant and emerging research, to provide immediate practical advice and direction regarding issues of policy and practice and informed action. Theory (e.g., social justice theories; identity development and student development theories; and critical race, feminist, queer, economic justice, and crip theories), as well as the legacies of community activism and current civil rights and social movements, informs the inclusive and intersectional practice of the LGBTQIA+ director/professional and the profession.

If you would like to provide feedback to this working group on ideas and concepts within the Standards of Practice document, please contact Shaun Travers at [email protected].

 
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Monday, November 26, 2018 01:43 PM

In Memory of Dr. Sheltreese McCoy

The board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is heartbroken to learn of the passing of a dear colleague, friend, and member, Dr. Sheltreese ‘Treese’ D. McCoy. Her death means a profound loss to our profession and to the many students, faculty, staff, and colleagues who had an opportunity to know her.

Treese committed her life's work to advancing and centering queer and trans people of color in higher education, specifically Black liberation within LGBTQ resource work.

From 2012 to 2017 Treese developed and coordinated the Crossroads Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Crossroads Initiative is the first university-funded collaborative initiative between a Multicultural Student Center and a Gender and Sexuality Campus Center addressing the intersectional realities of students through programming, affinity spaces, education, individual support, mentorship, advocacy, and resource development centering QTPOC students. This groundbreaking initiative Treese spearheaded served as a national best practice in serving QTPOC students in higher education. In this role, Treese created the QPOC Resource Guide which highlights books, articles, movies, organizations, websites, and blogs that feature queer and trans people of color.  This guide has been, and continues to be, distributed and used in our daily work in serving QTPOC in higher education, and many of us have drawn inspiration from this resource for our own programs and initiatives. She also used Crossroads as a platform to host the first statewide Wisconsin QTPOC conference in 2015.

For those members who did not have the opportunity to know Treese, we urge you to learn more about her and her work, including the following and more:

Treese drew inspiration from her own lived experiences and years of professional work supporting students. She led confidently, humbly, critically, and with a deep sense of care and love for the people around her.  She truly saw and acknowledged people in their wholeness, specifically queer and trans students and professionals of color. For many QTPOC professionals in the Consortium, Treese and her work was a possibility model for us and helped many of us see that it is possible to do the work of serving and centering QTPOC voices unapologetically.

In love and solidarity,
The Consortium Board

 
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