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Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:54 AM

 

Call for Consortium Institute Proposals - Q Talks
Talking about the Tensions

 


Are you interested in presenting at Q Talks? As part of the Day-Long Institute LGBTQ Higher Ed, professionals will have the opportunity to share inspiring insight into the tensions that are foundational to our work. At the intersections of identity and experience live fundamental tensions that inform what most of us see on a daily basis. In an informative and challenging context, we offer these tensions for introspection, reflection, and dialogue. Via engaging and compelling storytelling, these "Q Talks" must address the intersections and tensions of the core issues of identity and experience that create challenge and opportunity within our communities.

Selected speakers will be given a maximum of 7 minutes to present their ideas. The talk must have accessible language and build a larger conceptual statement by setting up the story one step at a time. Q Talks speakers must plan to attend the Consortium's day-long Pre-Conference Institute in Washington, DC on January 25th and present work that is inspirational, innovative, and engaging to future and current university administrators.  Q Talks speakers do not have to be current members of the Consortium of Higher Education of LGBT Resource Professionals.

Q Talks should address the tensions of holding multiple identities at the intersections of gender, sex, and sexuality. Speakers are encouraged to focus on identities, communities, and tensions that are commonly erased and marginalized within.

Tensions could include but are not limited to the suggested topics below:
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Race and Community
  • Perceptions and realities of Trans and GNC identities
  • Navigating challenges of free speech
  • Balancing responsibilities to institutions and to students
  • Operating in an absence of academic freedom
  • Bridging the gap between seasoned professionals with institutional knowledge and incoming new staff
  • Inclusion of invisible identities (immigration, disability)
  • Identities marginalized in queer and trans communities, such as asexual, aromantic, intersex, and other identities)
  • The connection between those with culturally specific identities, linguistic erasure, and queer and trans community, such as kocek, two spirit, kathoey, hijra identities
  • Justice and Intersectionality, transformative/holistic possibilities and futures of QT equity
The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 11, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, December 15, 2017, and must confirm by Monday, December 18, 2017.


Questions? Email education@lgbtcampus.org
 
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 05:16 PM

Updated Statement on Scout Schultz

Please note: this statement has been updated to include biphobia. The Consortium Board apologies for not explicitly naming this form of violence in our first message, especially in light of the fact that Scout identified as bisexual and because, as Robyn Ochs reminded us, data shows clearly that bi+ youth exhibit very high levels of minority stress.

Dear Membership,

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is deeply saddened and troubled by the death of Scout Schultz (they/them/theirs), a fourth-year engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology who proudly and publicly identified as bisexual, intersex, and non-binary. Scout was the president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech and an important presence in the LGBTQIA+ community.

We want to offer our support and love to our colleagues at Georgia Tech, and we stand in  solidarity and offer affirmation to all of our members and communities. We recognize the absolute reality that this could happen on any of our campuses at any time, and we know this situation is likely to impact students across the country as we all process the loss of Scout. There is no textbook or course that prepares us to respond to such instances that spark feelings of pain, anger, grief, fear, and a myriad of other emotions, both in ourselves and in the students and communities to whom we dedicate ourselves in service.


As a board, we are particularly concerned about the response and actions of campus police officers in this tragedy. The use of deadly violence against a student experiencing a mental health crisis, coupled with the lack of de-escalation tactics utilized in the situation, is alarming. We frequently see students in crisis when homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and racism are wreaking havoc on their mental health. This could have been prevented by a deeper awareness, understanding, and competency when working with our communities on campus and beyond. From the streets of St. Louis to our campuses, we know police brutality and violence against our communities is systemic and justice is rarely served.  Any authorities whose use of power interrupts what should be a common mission to foster student resilience and persistence need to be held accountable.


We acknowledge and appreciate the hard work that you’re doing and we want to offer community space and resources to support you. Please join us for a conference call for our membership on Monday, October 2nd from 1pm-2:30pm EST /10am-11:30am PST/12pm-1:30pm CST for connection and discussion about our collective promising practices for crisis response.

The call-in information is listed below.

 

1. Dial into the conference:

 

  Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0701 - United States

 

  Access Code: 920022

 

  International Dial-in Numbers:https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/treasurer601/#international

 

2. Join the online meeting:

 

  Online Meeting Link:https://join.freeconferencecall.com/treasurer601

 

  Online Meeting ID: treasurer601

 

Instructions:

 

At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.

 

To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

 

For 24/7 customer service please call 844-844-1322

 

 

We believe that we can make change as a community of connected practitioners. In addition, see the document Promising practices in crisis response and add your own statements, programs, and other insights to learn and support your colleagues. We are here for you; please let us know what else you need.


In solidarity,

The Consortium Executive Board

 
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Monday, September 18, 2017 11:18 AM

You are cordially invited to attend the Tyler Clementi Center Academic Colloquium on October 26, 2017!

Please see the details below for registration information and share widely with colleagues across the region!

 

On October 26, 2017, the Tyler Clementi Center of Rutgers University will host a daylong Academic Colloquium to highlight critical research on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in higher education. The program will feature a presentation of findings from the largest and first-ever meta-analysis of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in the history of American higher education, comparing national datasets from the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Bloomington, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the SERU-AAU Consortium led by UC-Berkeley and U-MN, the American College Health Association and Rankin & Associates.  Collectively, these findings represent the responses of 78,798 queer-spectrum students and 8,361 trans-spectrum students from nearly 1,000 institutions across the U.S.. Additional Colloquium presentations will address the complexities in conducting survey research with queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students, the challenges of translating research to effective policy and practice and the climate for queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students within different institutional settings (HBCUs, faith-based institutions, 2yr institutions.) 


Please visit the Tyler Clementi Center’s website for more information on the presenters, schedule or to register: http://clementicenter.rutgers.edu/events/tcc-colloquium/. Registration is open to the public.  The rate for in-person attendance is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch and reception.  The event is free to Rutgers University students.  For those who cannot attend in-person, Livestream access will be provided free-of-charge at the time of registration.


The event is sponsored by the Tyler Clementi Center, the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Rutgers University Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Rutgers University Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, the Rutgers University  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and the Rutgers University Committee to Advance our Common Purposes.

 
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Monday, September 18, 2017 09:15 AM

Nominate someone for a 2018 Consortium Award by Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • Promising New Professional:
This award recognizes a professional with less than five years of experience and the unique role new professionals play in supporting students and innovating campus programs while elevating the work of a campus LGBT Center. The award recognizes a new professional who is doing outstanding service, demonstrates innovative or creative effort within the profession, and shows significant promise for leadership on the field.
Exemplary nominees for this award exhibit:
  • work that has created and assessed marked change in a campus center, office, or unit that provides direct service to LGBTQ people on campus
  • work that impacts local campus and LGBTQ people on a regional and national level.

  • Outstanding Social Justice Practice
This award recognizes significant commitments to social justice in both the field of Student Affairs as an academic discipline and through advanced practice in a professional capacity. This includes research, published work, advocacy, policy change, advising and/or mentoring student organizations, curriculum creation, best practices, and other work that addresses the intersecting identities of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, national origin, age, familial status, veteran status, and other emerging identities.
Exemplary nominees for this award exhibit:
  • contribution to the practice of socially just, intersectional practice in LGBTQ student services with clearly defined accomplishments and documentation
  • contribution to the body of literature regarding intersectionality in the academy
  • successfully worked with and across multiple communities/identities to make change

  • Research & Assessment
The award for research and assessment recognizes an individual member or group for contributions that increase the body of literature related to sexuality and gender in higher education, and improves programs and services that directly impact LGBT people in higher education settings. This award acknowledges the role and importance of both research and assessment in LGBT support services in higher education, particularly related to the intersecting identities of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, national origin, age, familial status, veteran status, and other emerging identities.

Exemplary nominees for this award:
  • have contributed to further learning and development of all through publication of assessment results and/or research in juried journals
  • have contributed to the body of literature regarding intersectionality and multiple identities in the academy
  • have created assessment outcomes and/or research that may be used to improve programs and services on many campuses and onto a broader setting

Nominate someone for a 2018 Consortium Award by Sunday, October 15, 2017

 
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 04:17 PM

A Letter to Our Membership regarding Charlottesville

August 23, 2017

 

Dear membership, friends, and partners:


We see you and have been holding you during these past weeks in light of the White Supremacist terrorism and tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, and as we continue to recognize the racist, anti-Black, anti-Semitic, xenophobic terrorism and tragedies that preceded these events and continue across the country. We write to communicate our solidarity with you in these times and to hold all of us accountable to getting and staying engaged, as we are able, in protecting our communities from immediate and systemic violence.


The presence of American Nazis, the Klan, and white supremacists is not new, and this is not a resurgence. To state otherwise is to negate the real violence that has been perpetuated over the centuries since this landmass was colonized. Actors, enablers, and silent majorities of white supremacy have always been here; these latest events, in which white supremacists have made their presence known and enacted violence with emboldened force, while perhaps surprising to some, are not a deviation from the course of our country’s long history of violence against people of color.


In the landscape of higher education, the events in Charlottesville have also reignited tensions around the use of free speech to marginalize communities of color, Muslim, queer and trans communities, Jewish communities, and others.  As professionals working within institutions of higher education, we are often faced with the challenging balance between supporting some of our most marginalized campus communities and upholding an institutional commitment to the free speech of all people, including those voices that further marginalize historically oppressed communities.  We must employ strategies to protect and empower our most marginalized communities and educate our constituencies, to find better solutions to these tensions. We recognize that many of our members are trying to balance the complexity of this work and hope to engage each other in future webinars and Consortium-sponsored events on this topic.


As an organization committed to queer and trans justice, we are intrinsically connected to racial justice. We are not doing our work as LGBTQIA+ resource professionals if we are not doing racial justice work. This work starts with each of us, and we, as the executive board, take responsibility and ownership of our privileges and actions of compliance with white violence and supremacy.  We all must recognize our power and influence through our work and in our positionalities, as we push our institutions to do better and empower our communities. As colleagues and partners in this work we are here for any guidance you need to push forward in this effort- at all of our institutions, with all of our students, colleagues, friends, and family.

 

In Community,

The Consortium Executive Board

 

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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 at lgbtcampus.org.

 

 
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