6th Annual gathering June 10-13, 2015 in San Francisco

Advancing LGBTQ Initiatives Across Higher Education, from the Classroom to the Campus Quad

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In order to advance pluralism, acknowledge a scholarly area of investigation, and deepen learning in higher education, as educational professionals we need to expand our circle of inclusion and broaden our definition of diversity by increasing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies.

Expanding the Circle continues into its sixth year after two successful national conferences in 2010 and 2011, and three summer institutes in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

What does Expanding the Circle mean for you and your work? Hear from past attendees about their experiences!

This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, campus counselors, faculty and faculty development specialists, student affairs professionals, students, and non-profit professionals who seek to advance LGBTQ issues and concerns in higher education. Through this gathering, we will engage in experiential workshops and heartfelt dialogue. Goals of the 2015 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 through national coalition-building.

Throughout the four-day Institute we will direct our attention to best practices and initiatives in higher education in several key areas.

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Jack Halberstam

Keynote Speaker

Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and English, University of Southern California

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Travel Guide

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Explore the beautiful city of San Francisco during your stay and the sights and culture of the region.