EXPANDING THE CIRCLE

About Expanding the Circle

PURPOSE

One of the consistent pieces of feedback we have received is that participants want the opportunity to more deeply engage with LGBTQ topics that we have explored within the past two conferences and summer institute. An annual summer institute is an excellent platform for educators and administrators to evaluate dynamics in curriculum development, administrative practice and student services in a way that can have a long term and meaningful impact in our institutions. We are also working to create a national community network of educators and administrators involved with LGBTQ issues on campuses.

HISTORY OF EXPANDING THE CIRCLE

Expanding the Circle continues into its fourth year with two successful national conferences in 2010 and 2011 and the launch of a summer institute in 2012.

SUMMER INSTITUTE AUDIENCE

This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, faculty and faculty development specialists, student life professionals, and campus counselors. Through this gathering, we will engage in a heartfelt dialogue. Goals of the 2013 Summer Institute will include creating greater inclusion for all members of our campus communities, and enriching the quality of education and scholarship in higher education.

SUMMER INSTITUTE THEMES

Throughout the three-day Institute we will direct our attention to Lessons Learned & Best Practices for Integrating LGBTQ Issues/Concerns in Higher Education:

  • Faculty Development and Queering the Curriculum 
    • Advanced Theory/Research
  • Institute-wide Policy Development and Implementation 
    • Focus on Leadership and LGBTQ Inclusive Change
  • Student Life, Student Services, LGBTQ Resource Centers, and Co-curricular Activities on Campus (Student Needs/Rights/Identities/Health & Lifestyle Issues)
  • Research & LGBTQ Studies
  • Topics: Gender/Transgender; Spirituality/Religion; Race/Ethnicity/POC