EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship


Environmental Health Science

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Conference Presentation

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, and Transgender (LGBTQ) individuals comprise one to ten percent of student populations on campuses across the United States (Chopez and Chism, 1993). Research indicates that LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty face unique challenges during their tenure on college campuses, such as microaggressions from other students and faculty. More often than not, LGBTQ students withdraw from college due to micro and macroassaults (Pitcher et al., 2016).

College faculty and staff are often unaware of a student’s sexual orientation unless the student chooses to disclose. Quiet often, LGBTQ students closet themselves and outwardly display socially accepted heterosexual behaviors (D’Augelli, 1992). That being said, provision of needed campus-based services for LGBTQ students is hindered by the fact student affairs workers do not know if a student identifies as LGBTQ. This presentation highlights a few examples of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ students and discuss two resources which are being used by university campuses to increase LGBTQ student success in college and educate heterosexual students on LGTBQ issues.

Conference Name

Embracing Chagne: 21st Century Education Professionals