Rebecca Dolinsky is a Program Manager and Research Analyst in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Rebecca's dissertation discussed the importance of intersectionality and inclusion in lesbian and gay activist spaces, and her subsequent article, "Emotional Memories Stemming from a Crisis: A Snapshot of AIDS Activism in Washington, DC (1981-1986)," was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2013. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Kent State University, her M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rebecca is a scholar of LGBTQ identities and issues in the United States, and her theoretical emphases include identity, inequity, social movements, feminisms, and emotions/affect. She has taught courses on gender and sexuality at Northern Virginia Community College and Loyola University Maryland, and in addition to her research with Heather on LGBTQ student success, Rebecca is currently writing about media, legislative, and policy origins of "campus crime" in relation to campus sexual assault.
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.