The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) & Allies graduate student interest group at Warner works to create an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff, and supports the educational achievement and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex students, and their allies. The group strives to bring awareness to LGBTQ issues in our communities, schools, higher education institutions, and social programs and be a resource for individuals who would like to learn more about current research, topics of debate, and critiques of heteronormativity. The group also aims to develop a safe and supportive space for students to share ideas and pursue academic interests and to work with other LGBTQ groups at the University and in the community.
Founded in Fall 2009, the SIG’s first action was to complete a survey of Warner students to assess their knowledge and needs regarding LGBTQ issues in Education, Human Development and Counseling. The results of the survey showed that 91% of students who responded wanted to learn more about LGBTQ issues -ranging from basic terminology, to learning how to interrupt homophobic bullying, to learning how to support LGBTQ youth in schools (see Survey tab for complete results).
Since the survey was completed, a new Warner course on LGBTQ Issues in Education and Human Development (EDE 440) was created, and the first annual Ally Award was created and awarded to Logan Hazen, Director of Student Services at Warner.
In Spring 2011, we launched our website, and our brochure, and have created workshops and forums on LGBTQ issues in education, human development and counseling, which are available to all faculty, staff and students.