Researching the Needs of LGBT Students

Fall
2009
Resolution Number: 
20.01
Contact: 
Category: 
Students
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, In the Spring of 2009, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution (3.02 S09) encouraging Academic Senate attention to the pedagogical and student services needs of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students;


Whereas, Many faculty have observed anecdotally that some LGBT students do face difficulties that are particular to people from the very diverse LGBT community;

Whereas, The January 2009 issue of the Journal of Counseling Psychology is an example of the growing body of research on the particular needs and issues affecting LGBT students; and

Whereas, The specific needs of LGBT students may not be well understood in our institutions, and consequently there may be opportunities to better serve LGBT students;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research the pedagogical and student services needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges collect examples of best practices that are currently being used to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges report in an appropriate forum the results of the research regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Status Report: 

10-11 EDAC determined a survey of the system is infeasible, but recommend drafting letter to Campus Pride requesting support for such a survey. Presented a breakout on the Campus Climate Index, an index that aids campuses in evaluating their own LGBT-friendliness, as well as Stop the Hate and Safe Space programs.Wrote resolution to support AB620 calling for campuses to address the needs of LGBT students. 10-11 EDAC will draft Campus Pride letter, then recommend deeming complete.