Progress from LGBTQIA Task Force & Implementation Team

Campus Pride index logoWe are proud that our national ranking for LGBTQIA Inclusion has skyrocketed this year. In 1 year, Elon University has jumped over 250 universities, now officially at 4.5 out of 5 stars on the CampusPRIDE Index for LGBTQIA Inclusion. Read more on campuspride.org.

Academics

  • Name Change WGSS – serve on WGSAC
  • Lesbian & Gay Literature and Culture:  Queer Histories, Queer Lives, Queer Archives
  • LGBTQIA EduSessions in academic classrooms upon faculty request
  • CATL Teaching While Gay & Teaching LGBTQ Students

Trainings

  • Campus Safety & Police
  • Greek Life – all 44 Pi Chis for sorority recruitment, last year NPHC and ZTA
  • SPDC – entire department
  • 60 FacStaff in Nov
  • NCAA Team Captains – 45 people
  • Coaches coming up

Campus Rec

  • 2 trainings for student team leaders and professional staff
  • Added pronouns to forms
  • Trans athletes can participate on team that aligns with their gender identity
  • Policies for overnight trips & rooming assignments

Residence Life

  • Colonnades – Gender & Sexuality LLC – uptick for next year’s apps
  • Oaks, Station, Colonnades – Options for LGBTQIA students to live w/suitemates of any gender
  • RA Trainings
  • Global – Partnering w/Amy Allocco – queerness in comic books GN House Dinner in April

Admissions

  • Offer the question “Do you identify with – on Prospective Inquiry Cards
  • Offer the question on Admissions Apps (552 /10,400 = 5.3%, higher than some ethnic groups, interesting given the age, think of the amount of students who didn’t feel comfortable marking that.)
  • 2 trainings for entire staff
  • Universal Restroom signage in Inman Welcome Center, up to 35 universal restrooms
  • LGBTQIA Student College Fair every August
  • Inclusion in Phoenix Fusion event every Spring as well as Game Day at Elon

Human Resources

  • Supervisor Series Mon Feb 23 LGBTQIA topics for supervisors in OLPD
  • Link on HR website to GLC, we’re adding FAQs for prospective employees
  • LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group – socials, mtg on calendar with Pres Lambert, 50-100 queer-identified employees including allies in the closet
  • Marriage Equality don’t worry about pre-tax or post-tax questions
  • Live-In Partner Policy for ResLife staff and Faculty in Residence includes same-sex partners

Registrar

  • Current Students – Name Changes on Records Management – without legal documentation
  • Alumni – Name Changes on degrees without legal documentation

Truitt Center

  • Several events on faith & spirituality including Sexy & Genderful God & March 5 event
  • Weddings policy includes same-sex weddings

National & Statewide Recognition

  • CampusPRIDE Index  2013 (360/370s, 37%, 2/5) → 2014 (110s, 83%, 4.5/5), March 31
  • CampusPRIDE blog for Admissions policy
  • Grant from Guilford Green Foundation to create an LGBTQIA toolkit for university campuses
  • Duke NC RecSports Assoc Conference → session for all CampusRec areas on infusing LGBTQIA topics
  • ACPA conference with Elon alum Michael Bumbry on joint partnerships across Advancement, Alumni Engagement, and LGBTQIA Alumni Network.
  • White House recognition, letter from Pres Obama, and Xmas Cards complete with paw prints from Bo & Sunny

Publications and University Communications

  • Katie DeGraff is leading efforts for groups like ICC & PICT to review materials, looking for ways to expand representations of LGBTQIA identities aside from a rainbow (short hair, piercings, funky factor)
  • Admissions asked us to review their brochures as well.

Campus Climate

  • Active Student Groups – Spectrum, EFFECT, SPARKS
  • Marketing – “bELONg” pins and stickers
  • Ally Training framed certificates & door placards “Official Trained Ally”

GLC

  • We have 13-to-15 volunteers
  • Expanded to include graduate students who do unpaid internships to gain professional experience
  • Lavender Graduation had triple the attendance of the previous year up to 120 attendees
  • First batch of 14 scholarships last year at Lavender Graduation
  • LavGrads had an average GPA of 3.61
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