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November 1, 2012

Staff webinar to address LGBTQ student safety on campus

by Arnica Rowan

The chair of the LGBTQ workgroup of the American College Counselling Association will be presenting a webinar Thursday, Nov. 15 on creating a supportive environment for LGBTQ students on campus.

Dr. MJ Raleigh’s presentation Making Your Campus Safe For LGBTQ Students: Creating A Supportive Campus Climate will be available for employee viewing at the Kelowna campus from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom (S103B).

Raleigh will be reviewing the results of a 30 year-long study conducted by Dr. Sue Rankin of Penn State which showed that college campuses are no safer today for LGBTQ students than they were back in the 1980s.

Key to turning that around is the role of administrative support that creates a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.

Participants will:

  • discuss ways to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students
  • explore all programs and the creation of safe space training
  • discover programming efforts that support the creation of a safer campus
  •  learn strategies that can be used day-to-day to support the LGBTQ community

Raleigh, who completed her PhD at Antioch University in New England, has been a therapist specializing in college student development and mental health issues for over two decades. She’s currently the Director of Counselling Services at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The webinar is being put on by the Innovative Educators. For more information, click here.

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