Creating and Holding Space for LGBTQA+ Students: A Conversation
60 min - November 10, 2021 (Wednesday)
Panelists: Jennifer Joslin (Drury University), Craig McGill (Kansas State University), Fabiola Mora (Colorado State University), Wendy Schindler (Northern Kentucky University)
As some of the first individuals a student engages with, primary-role and faculty advisors are central to influencing a student’s perception of campus climate and sense of belonging. Acknowledging how a student’s race, sexuality, and gender identity can implicate and exacerbate a student’s sense of belonging, and ability to embrace their intersecting identities is critical. In this 60-minute, 2021 webinar, authors and editors of the NACADA/Stylus book, “Advising LGBTQA+ Students,” discuss the critical role that advisors, administrators, and all campus personnel play in validating LGBTQA+ student experience, particularly Queer and Trans Students of Color (QTPOC). What exactly can advisors do to see and hold space for LGBTQA+ students? How exactly do advisors validate LGBTQA+ Students of Color, work to maintain student privacy, acknowledge the advising climate on a campus, and remain knowledgeable about campus and community resources? These questions, and many others, are important and worth our time in discussion. This presentation highlights the critical work in this text as well as practical strategies that faculty and primary-role advisors need to ask new questions and develop informed responses for advising LGBTQA+ students.