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Wednesday, June 05, 2013 01:31 PM

Consortium Daylong Institute: LGBTQ Support Services in Higher Education

Friday, July 19, 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gordon Dining and Event Center

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About the Daylong Institute

 Schedule at a Glance.

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is proud to offer this opportunity to higher education professionals in the Great Lakes region as an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the region, discuss emerging trends in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student services, and share knowledge and struggles regarding specific campus policies.

The day will include a keynote, several breakout sessions, and ample time to network with colleagues across the Great Lakes/ Midwest Region.

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is a national network of LGBTQ campus center and resource-providers working to make campus climates more inclusive in all aspects.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013 08:19 PM

Proud of Jason Collins


Contact: justin adkins, Publications and Communications Chair, [email protected]

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals commends Jason Collins for his bravery in coming out as gay in the NBA.

Jason CollinsNot only did Collins come out, he acknowledged the multiple identities that he holds. The Sports Illustrated article, declaring his sexual orientation started off saying, “I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.” The impact that this statement makes for our student athletes cannot be underestimated.

Collins expressed what many of us hear in our offices on a regular basis, “No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.” For young people to read this in Sports Illustrated is a monumental moment.

Just as Ellen Degeneres was not the first actor/actress to publicly come out, Collins is not the first pro athlete to come out. Athletes like Martina Navratilova and Bille Jean King have helped lead the way and Britney Griner’s recent coming out has just gone under the radar, altogether. However, his role, as an NBA player, changes the climate for gay athletes everywhere. As LGBT resource professionals we know that climate change in male team sports is a challenge. Many of us have encountered coaches and colleagues who say that there are no gay men on their team. For years, people like Jeff Sheng, and his 'Fearless Project’ documenting out high school and college athletes, have helped us reach a population that many have called the last frontier for gay inclusion on campus. Our students now have a very high-profile role model to look up to.


Shared Vision and Mission Statement
To critically transform higher education environments so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni have equity in every respect.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013 09:55 AM

Dr. Sue Rankin for Story Corps

Michael Shutt had the privilege to interview Dr. Sue Rankin for Story Corps at the 2013 Creating Change Conference. Here is the recording of the discussion:

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Monday, January 28, 2013 01:59 PM

2012 Annual Report

The consortium is proud to update our friends and members on our work over the past year with our 2012 Annual Report Inside you will find updates from board members, pictures, a statement from our co-chairs and, much much more.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:29 PM

Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award - Dr. Sue Rankin


Contact: justin adkins, Publications and Communications Chair, [email protected]

Rankin Award Presentation 2013The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is honored to recognize one of its founders, Dr. Sue Rankin, with The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award.  The Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award will be presented at the Task Force’s 25th National Conference on Equality: Creating Change on January 24th, 2013 at the opening plenary session.

The award for distinguished achievement in the profession recognizes and honors individuals whose work has attained preeminence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender services and programs in higher education. This work includes areas related to practice and policy, research and theory, as well as programs and service. The work exemplifies the profession, and is represented by a broad scope of activities and accomplishments.

Dr. Rankin’s research on campus climate and trans-inclusion provides relevant data and promising practices for colleges and universities throughout the world. Her leadership and advocacy for LGBT access, inclusion, and equity are unparalleled and helped establish the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

In 1994, Dr. Rankin became the Coordinator of LGBT Equity at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, Sue was an out role model and mentor for all of her student athletes as head softball coach at The Pennsylvania State University. Thanks to the film ‘Training Rules’ her Samson and Goliath story of taking on Penn State administration around the issue of homophobia in sports is not longer a secret.  She was recently was given support from the NCAA to do a national research project on student athletes and her research includes the experiences of LGBT athletes. Although she had to leave her coaching position, she created a new history for herself that changed higher education forever.

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