WHAT CAN AN INDIVIDUAL FACULTY MEMBER AND AN ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
DO TO IMPROVE THE CAMPUS CLIMATE FOR GLBT STUDENTS
- Find out who famous GLBT people in your area of study are.
- Incorporate information about GLBT professionals and contributions into your materials.
- Find out what resources or associations have GLBT committees, working groups, organizations, interests.
- Know whether or not sexual orientation is part of the non-discrimination policy and whether or not domestic partner benefits are available.
- Have resource materials (people to contact, books dealing with GLBT issues & topics and/or by GLBT authors).
- Use research dealing with GLBT issues.
- Keep informed about GLBT issues and concerns in your area.
- Use inclusive language.
When Dealing With Harassment:
- DO deal with the situation immediately.
- DON'T ignore it, let it pass unchallenged, or let intangible fears block your ability to act.
- DO confirm that the particular type of abuse is hurtful and harmful and will not be tolerated.
- DO value the feelings of others by active, sensitive listening.
- DO take steps to support the victim and enable her or him to develop a stronger sense of self.
- DO take those involved aside to discuss the incident.
- DO apply consequences to the attacker in accordance with the school rules, code of behavior, and race/ethnocultural relations policy.
- DON'T overreact with another put-down of the offender.
- DON'T impose consequences before finding out exactly what happened from those involved.
- DON'T focus entirely on applying consequences to the offender while ignoring the feelings of the victim.
- DON'T humiliate the attacker when imposing consequences. Remember that the attacker may feel like a victim too.
- DON'T embarrass either party publicly.
- DO explain to students why such incidents occur and undertake ongoing long-term (pro-active) strategies with the class for combating stereotyping, prejudice, and negative attitudes to differences.
- DON'T assume that the incident is an isolated occurrence divorced from the overall context in which it occurred.
References and Resources:
- Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance & Homosexuality. U. of Chicago Press, 1980. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Cowan, Thomas. Gay Men & Women Who Enriched the World. Wm. Mulvey, Inc., CT, 1988. Available at UNL Libraries.
- D'Emilio, John. Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1983. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Demystifying Homosexuality: A Teaching Guide About Lesbians and Gay Men. Irvington Publishers, NY, 1984.
- Duberman, Vincinus, Chauncey, eds. Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. Penguin, NY, 1990. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Grahn, Judy. Another Mother Tongue. Beacon Press, Boston, 1984. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Harbeck, Karen. Coming Out of the Classroom Closet. Haworth Press, Binghamton 1992.
- Homophobia: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation (a high school curriculum). 1991/94; GLAAD/LA, 8455 Beverly Blvd. #305, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 213-658-6775.
- Katz, Jonathan. Gay American History. Avon Books, NY, 1976. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet. Harper & Row, 1987. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Rutledge, Leigh. The Gay Book of Lists. Alyson Publications, Boston, 1987.
- Wallace, Wallace, and Wallechnisky. The People's Almanac Presents The Book of Lists. William Morrow, NY, 1977. Available at UNL Libraries.
- Williams, Walter. The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture. Beacon Press, Boston, 1986. Available at UNL Libraries.
Resource for what to do for harassment and resource and reference list:: http://www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/Resources/OrganizingTactics/harassment.html
Source: LGBTQA Programs & Services (was: Sexuality Education eXchange, University Health Center Community Health Education Department), firstname.lastname@example.org
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