LGBTQ+ Student Goals

Introduction

During the 2016 spring semester, representatives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community provided recommendations on improving the support and visibility LGBTQ+ students at LMU. Please note that this website is a community resource, intended to increase transparency and promote campus dialogue. The content is under development and a work-in-progress. Your feedback is welcome.

For more information, detailed reports on inclusive excellence efforts from colleges and divisions are available under Data & Reports.

Click on each item below to see the detailed initiative and description of progress that has been made toward that initiative to date.

  • Goal 1

    Promotion of LGBTQ+ support services on campus

    Progress

    Updated January 2018

    LGBT Student Services followed up on the Student Campus Climate Survey by conducting focus groups with LGBTQ+ students. Utilizing the results, LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) developed and provided training, education and information to students, staff and faculty about the LGBTQ+ community to achieve greater understanding and inclusion.

      In fall 2017, LGTBSS trained 30 LMU Public Safety officers and plan to provide a comprehensive training in the summer of 2018.

      In fall 2016, LGBTSS created the group facilitator work-study position. This position is designated to support trainings and workshops related to LGBTQ content and issues specific to the community. Group facilitators are responsible for creating spaces for students to engage with curriculum around LGBTQ allyship, Transgender Communities, Coming Out processes, Drag, and historical contexts for LGBTQ movements.

      In spring 2016, 40 Faculty and Staff members were trained on Transgender 101, working with Trans students in classrooms and other areas on campus, intricate needs of Trans students in particular. 

      LGBTSS, in an effort to increase visibility of the office and resources, has been relocated to the second floor of the Malone Student Center to be near Ethnic & Intercultural Services and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

      Visit Data & Reports to view all efforts outlined in the Student Affairs report.

    • Goal 2

      Affirm the presence and importance of the LGBTQ+ community

      Progress

      Updated January 2018

      The Office of the Registrar in partnership with the LGBTSS Office has created an online process for name change and created documents that are accessible and easy to use for students.

      The Dean of Students, in tandem with Judicial Affairs, edited the Community Standards booklet to change gendered language to be gender inclusive. 

      The Dean of Students revised the Lion’s Code to be gender inclusive by removing gendered language and coordinated efforts to replace the Lion’s Code plaques across campus to reflect the new language.

      LMU CARES provides students the opportunity for students to select the session that matches their gender identity or meet individually with an LMU CARES staff member if they identify as non-binary. 

      Student Psychological Services changed questions on intake demographics for gender neutral identification as well as pronouns.  

      Student Psychological Services has provided a confidential support group, The Circle, for the past 13 years to LGBTQ and their allies.

    • Goal 3

      LGBTQ+ Inclusion Training for Faculty & Staff

      Progress

      Updated January 2018

      Implicit Bias Initiative: The five-year initiative, which launched in October 2016, remains an important focus for the Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs. 

      Implicit Bias Training For LMU Faculty and Staff: Dr. Adam Fingerhut and Dr. Nora Murphy of the Psychological Department have led workshops on implicit bias for faculty since Fall 2016 with a total of 56 faculty participants. They will continue to facilitate four workshops per semester during the next three academic years. The second President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Mitigating Implicit Bias took place on March 16, 2018. 

      Human Resources and the Office the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs will lead monthly workshops on implicit bias for LMU staff. Implicit bias staff workshops will continue for three years.

      Implicit Bias Training for Students: Student Affairs and the Office of Intercultural Affairs will lead workshops for student organizations, including a workshop to 65 executive board members of LMU’s Service Organizations in January 2018. Workshops for student organizations will include Greek fraternities and sororities as well as ASLMU.  In Fall 2018, all incoming freshmen will participate in implicit bias workshops as part of first-year orientation and will continue for subsequent orientation sessions. 

      Enrollment Management Implicit Bias Training: The Enrollment Management leadership team arranged for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to conduct implicit bias mitigation training for the entire division in 2017. This training was delivered to more than 80 staff.

      Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts - Leadership Retreat on Diversity: The BCLA Leadership Retreat in January 2018 addressed the theme of “Engaging Diversity: Curriculum and Pedagogy, Student Resilience, and Faculty Hiring.” The retreat included a faculty panel on diversity, pedagogical challenges and opportunities, and student resilience.

      Intercultural FacilitatorsStudent Affairs continue to hire and train a cadre of students through the Intercultural Facilitators program. These students help to engage students in conversation about race, ethnicity and culture.

      Student Psychological Services trains new fellows each year on diversity and cultural competence. Staff received professional development training on Implicit Bias in Dec. 2017.

      LMU CARES (Campus Awareness Resource Education Services): During the 2016-2017 academic year, LMU CARES added an additional workshop for all incoming first-year and transfer students called Courageous Conversations. All incoming (fall and spring semesters) first-year and transfer students are required to participate in LMU CARES Courageous Conversations cultural competency training by the sixth week of the semester. 98.29% of the Fall 2017 incoming students received training.

      Intercultural Training: During the 2016-2017 school year, Student Affairs provided Intercultural Training sessions to the entire division, as a component of its offerings for staff development. This training is now mandatory for all Student Affairs staff and will continue to be offered twice a year. A second component of this training is in development.

      LMU CARES (Campus Awareness Resource Education Services): During the 2016-2017 academic year, LMU CARES added an additional workshop for all incoming first-year and transfer students called Courageous Conversations. All incoming (fall and spring semesters) first-year and transfer students are required to participate in LMU CARES Courageous Conversations cultural competency training by the sixth week of the semester.    

      This 90-minute interactive workshop is designed to guide participants in building skills pertaining to intercultural dialogue and respect between all cultures, beliefs and identities. Intercultural Passports are handed out to all students who attend the workshop; the passports include the steps to intercultural dialogue and a list of opportunities students can attend to further take part in interculturalism both on and off campus.

      As of Spring 2017, 32.62% of the total undergraduate population at LMU has received the Courageous Conversations training. This includes participation from incoming students, athletes and sorority and fraternity members.

      98.29% of the Fall 2017 incoming students received the Courageous Conversations training.

      LGBT+ topics and issues will be included in the mandatory LMU CARES Courageous Conversations Training for all students.

      LGBTSS and the Center for Teaching Excellence will partner to offer trainings for faculty on gender inclusivity in the classroom.

      LGBTSS and the Student Housing Office are collaborating on training for the Resident Advisors on gender inclusivity and LGBT+ topics.

      Student Psychological Services trains Fellows each year on LGBTQ affirming therapy.

    • Goal 4

      Inclusive Campus Facilities

      Progress

      Updated January 2018

      LGBTSS and the Student Housing Office worked closely with trans-identified students to provide appropriate accommodations.

      A gender inclusive, single-use restroom in Malone Student Center is complete and located on the first floor next to the two other restrooms.

      A campus map will be created to highlight and identify all gender inclusive restrooms. New signs have been installed on gender inclusive, single-use restrooms on campus.

      Locations of single-use bathrooms within Student Housing:

      • Tenderich 1st Floor
      • Mckay 1st Floor
      • Leavey 5 3rd Floor
      • Leavey 4 1st Floor
      • Doheny 2nd Floor
      • Rosecrans 1st Floor
      • Whelan 1st Floor