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Huddle with the Faculty - "Stormy Weather: The State of Higher Education for LGBTQQ People"

Sue Rankin, Associate Professor in Education Policy Studies

  • Huddle with the Faculty
Nov. 17, 2012, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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In a 2003 study, the climate on college campuses was found to be less than welcoming for LGBT people. In 2010, a follow-up study re-examined the campus climate and a second project in 2011 examined the lives of transgender people focusing on the experiences of and concerns facing people living outside gender binaries. Given the increase in LGBTQQ-inclusive (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) policies, curricular and co-curricular programs, and services raises the question of whether the climate has changed in 10 years. How do the experiences vary for various constituency groups within the LGBTQQ community? This program will engage participants in a review of the results of both projects.


Sue Rankin has presented and published widely on the impact of sexism, racism, and heterosexism in university life and in intercollegiate athletics. Rankin’s current research focuses on the assessment of institutional climate, and she has collaborated with more than 90 institutions in implementing assessments and developing strategic action plans. In her advocacy work, Rankin is a founding member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition. Her most recent publications include The Lives of Transgender People, The Student-Athlete Climate Study, and the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People.

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