Specific Ways to Support LGBTQ Students on Campus

In the Residential Halls:

  • If assigned roommates refuse to live with him or her, inform the LGBTQ student of the available options and allow him/her the freedom to choose the best option
  • Ensure that handbooks and contracts have a statement regarding nondiscrimination as it relates to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression and indicate where students should go if they feel harassed
  • New student orientation programs should address LGBTQ issues and make new students understand that LGBTQ students are a welcome part of campus life
    In the Financial Aid Office:
  • Understand how a studentís coming out can affect parents and financial support
  • Provide information about LGBTQ-specific scholarship opportunities that exist

In Student Development:

  • Make sure the LBGTQ student organization has adequate professional staff support and an advisor; if needed, assist the group in identifying a local alum or local community member for the task
  • Ensure that the student government allot funds to the LGBTQ student organization equitably
  • Insist that Greek organizations have a discussion on how they would deal with one of their members coming out
    In Career Services:
  • Be open to discussing LGBTQ issues with students as these relate to career choice, resumes, interviews, determining the policies of a company, and coming out at work issues
  • Maintain a list of people who can be used as resources for LGBTQ students

In Health and Counseling Services:

  • Include sexual orientation and coming out issues, gender identity, and gender expression in the paperwork as options for discussion
  • Include a variety of partner status options in the paperwork using inclusive language and don't assume your clients are heterosexual
  • Display some LGBTQ-affirming materials publicly in the center, including LGBTQ magazines and newspapers in the waiting area.

In the Athletic Department:

  • Have discussions with coaches about how heterosexism and homophobia affect athletes

In the Classroom:

  • Use examples of LGBTQ people in lectures so they are not marginalized
  • Be clear with your students that homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions are not acceptable and will be addressed in an educational, informative, and non-threatening manner

In Academic and Student Affairs:

  • Ensure that publications are written in such a way that LGBTQ students will feel included in the audiences; avoid heterosexist language and assumptions
  • Include openly LGBTQ students as members of the student work force
  • When LGBTQ students are harassed or assaulted, make loud official statements condemning such actions and punish the aggressors

Support LGBTQ faculty and staff

  • Give equal benefits to their partners
  • Value their perspectives and opinions on your staffs and committees
  • Invite their partners and families to university functions
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