Women's and Gender Studies

Dominion Lecture with Dr. Sue Rankin

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sue Rankin"The State of Higher Education for LGBTQ People: Implications for Campus Policies and Programs" 
Presented by Dr. Sue Rankin
Madison Union Ballroom

Reception following in same location

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.

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