About Expanding the Circle


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, including a National LGBTQ Studies Association.


Expanding the Circle began with two successful national conferences in 2010 and 2011 and the launch of an annual summer institute in 2012 that continues into 2015.

Since 2010 we have welcomed over 1,100 attendees from over 700 college, universities, and non-profit organizations.


This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, campus counselors, faculty and faculty development specialists, student affairs professionals, and students. Through this gathering, we will engage in a heartfelt dialogue. Goals of the 2015 Summer Institute will include advancing LGBTQ initiatives across higher education, and enriching the quality of education and scholarship for all members of our campus communities by creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students and studies.


Throughout the four-day Institute we will direct our attention to Advancing LGBTQ Initiatives in Higher Education, from the Classroom to the Campus Quad:

  • Curriculum Development - queering existing syllabi and courses, overhauling and establishing LGBTQ Studies or Queer Studies majors, minors, or tracks in existing academic programs.
  • Faculty Development - creative inquiry and intellectual engagement, teaching and learning resources, career building, retention, and faculty leadership.
  • Queer Theory & LGBTQ Scholarship - Includes renowned and emerging scholars - highlights working across academic divisions, research collaborations, and new models for praxis.
  • Student Engagement, Co-Curricular Activities & Community Building - academy/community relations on/off campus, lecture series, educational outreach, internships, alumni mentorship programs.
  • Student Life, Student Services & Role of LGBTQ Resource Centers -  building and enhancing  LGBTQ student experiences, responding to needs, interests, health & lifestyle.
  • LGBTQ Social Justice - activism, intersectional identity, intergenerational, alliance building within community - Focus topics include: Transgender/LGBT People of Color (POC)/Religion & Spirituality.