Social Transformation through Higher Education: An Approach to Increasing Sexual and Gender Minority Inclusion Among Organisations and Communities

By M. David Kessler.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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As a microcosm of the global societies in which we live, the university campus provides a lens through which we can envision and enact progress. This idea becomes visible as we look at the developments many institutions of higher education have implemented to improve their own environment with a focus on equity for its immediate constituents. In this paper, the author seeks to establish a greater role for higher education in the approach to social inclusion from the perspective of sexual and gender minorities. Universities can influence equity on a much larger scale through intentional learning opportunities and a campus culture that incorporate the interdisciplinary curriculum of an academic program of study with the student centers and leadership programs for the LGBTQ student, constructs already seen in American higher education. This effort connects multiple types of learning to educate LGBTQ students, their allies, and others who can reciprocally work to reduce hostility towards sexual and gender minorities in organizations and broader communities.

Keywords: LGBT, Queer, Critical Pedagogy, Social Transformation, American Higher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.621KB).

M. David Kessler

PhD Student, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

David Kessler serves in multiple roles at the University of Texas at San Antonio along with being a full-time student pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is establishing a research agenda in LGBT concerns and academic administration in higher education. For the past twelve years, David has been a student and professional at research universities as well as a small, private, Presbyterian university in the state of Texas. At each institution, he has been an ally and advocate for LGBT students, most recently leading the establishment of a Minor in Sexual and Gender Diversity (LGBT) Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Beyond the campus, David has maintained leadership roles in the higher education student affairs organisation NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, including serving as a National Co-Chair for the GLBT Knowledge Community the past two years.

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