Dear LGBTQ Students, Staff, and Faculty,
Following a vitriolic and divisive presidential election, we have heard from many of you that you are, in different ways, struggling with very real concerns and feelings, while working at the same time to be successful as a student, staff, or faculty member.
We are writing to let you know that we hear, understand, and appreciate your thoughts and feelings. At this time, LGBTQ people have reason for concern. No matter your politics, it is clear that many appointees in the new administration have records that stand in opposition to the rights and full equality of LGBTQ people. Indeed, there are conversations across the country and around the world about all manner of human rights that must be protected. LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education endorses the hard-fought gains for equality, and the necessity of continuing advances, for LGBTQ people in the United States – including those of our students, staff, and faculty.
The mission of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education includes provision of “education and advocacy regarding LGBTQ issues within the global academy and for the public at large,” and this letter serves to communicate that we will remain steadfast in our mission. Currently, we are in consultation with other national professional associations in higher education to ensure that they continue to advocate in collaboration with us. We have created conversations within these organizations, increased programs we offer at national meetings, and are expanding our affiliation agreements to ensure presence and voice. As we plan our third annual leadership institute, we are reaching out to more local, state, and national office holders to promote LGBTQ leadership.
As we work to advance LGBTQ equality in higher education, you can support us in two ways:
The Co-Chairs of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education
Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D. Karen M. Whitney, Ph.D.
Adler University Clarion University