Heather McCambly

Heather McCambly

Project Coordinator for the Pathways to Results Initiative in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois

Heather McCambly is a Project Coordinator for the Pathways to Results Initiative in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois.  Prior to moving to Illinois, Heather was a Program Associate in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  A passionate advocate for educational equity, Heather has dedicated her career to increasing college access for non-traditional, low-income, and racial and ethnic minority students.  For nearly four years, Heather managed student support programs and led diversity and international initiatives at Lewis & Clark Law School.  In this capacity she provided support to LGBTQ student groups and took steps to increase the inclusion of LGBTQ students and issues in the wider conversations about diversity at the institution, including in conversations about teaching and learning. Heather has also conducted educational research and evaluation at the Gateway to College National Network and Portland State University.  Heather's analysis and research has informed policy conversations at Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Oregon University System, where she served as an Oregon Fellow working on state-level student success and diversity policy issues relevant to Oregon's college completion goals.  Heather received her M.A. with honors in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University in 2013.  She completed her thesis on the equity implications of performance based budgeting systems, specifically relevant to student support and diversity programming.

Bridging Perspectives on Inclusiveness: Foregrounding LGBTQ Student Success in Campus-Wide Initiatives

How can campus practitioners introduce and even foreground LGBTQ student success and discussions of sexuality and gender in campus-wide initiatives, e.g. frameworks for student success and learning outcomes assessment, cocurricular engagement, campus climate programs, and efforts to promote civic engagement and civil discourse?  Presenters and participants will discuss what "LGBTQ student success" and "intersectional identity" currently mean in higher education, explore how issues and practices that support LGBTQ students' success could be integrated into the campus experience, and engage around common challenges to introducing these issues in broad campus contexts.  This interactive workshop will also guide practitioners through a series of exercises designed to pool knowledge from experience and research around the many diverse and multifaceted LGBTQ student experiences and create strategies to transform organizational practice and culture.  This session is intended for faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators. Participants will learn about and engage with approaches that enhance LGBTQ student success and students' sense of integration on campus and will apply principles of higher education organizational change to think creatively about action steps on their own campus