Dominion Lecture: "The State of Higher Education for LGBTQ People"

Starting on 09/14/16 7:00 pm

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Dr. Sue Rankin will review several of the challenges facing LGBT faculty, staff, and students. The foundation of the discussion is based on Dr. Rankin’s 30 years of LGBT research and over 170 campus climate assessments. She will suggest actions that can promote social justice interventions and policies to critically transform higher education environments. Dr. Rankin is the Senior Research Associate of Rankin & Associates Consulting and recently retired as Associate Professor of Education in the College Student Affairs Program at Penn State. She served as a faculty member and researcher at Penn State for nearly 30 years and also served the administration overseeing Diversity efforts. She has published widely on the impact of sexism, racism, heterosexism, and transgender oppression in the academy. She’s best known for her research assessing institutional climate and providing program planners and policy makers with recommendations and strategies for improving the campus climate for underserved communities. Dr. Rankin is a pioneer in campus climate research. Although she is best known for her work assessing the climate for LGBT people on campus, her work is intersectional and has always examined gender, race, ability, and other factors that shape life on campus. Her life’s work has led to meaningful, measurable differences in the quality of campus life, especially for gender minority and sexual minority faculty, staff, and students in higher education in the United States. This event is sponsored by The Madison Caucus for Gender Equality in partnership with the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Development, Visiting Scholars Program, Office of Access and Inclusion, LGBTQ & Ally Education Program, Madison Equality, Justice Studies Department, and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement. This event will take place in the Madison Union Ballroom, 5th floor of Warren Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Parking will be available in the Grace Street Parking Deck located at 258 E. Grace St. A reception will follow in the same location.