Expanding the Circle (ETC) brings together diverse audiences of students, student life professionals, administrators, and faculty in higher education who share a commitment to LGBTQ concerns and scholarship. Annual meetings allow and encourage participants to speak across boundaries that typically shape other professionally or disciplinary-specific conferences. ETC provides a forum for sharing and extending our commitments to improving the lives, experiences, and institutional climates for LGBTQ-identified individuals—both inside and outside of the classroom.

Building on this mission and a commitment to intersectional engagements, this year's Expanding the Circle will welcome participants representing primary and secondary education as well as workplace environments beyond higher education. Consequently, the 2016 meeting represents an extraordinary opportunity to share initiatives, programs, pedagogies, and scholarship related to LGBTQ individuals at various stages of life. Additionally, the synergies that ETC participants explore together have the potential to foster new partnerships in praxis.

For more information, see our About page, Testimonials, and our National Advisory Committee.

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Conference Details

Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2016


Namaste Hall, CIIS Main Building, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco

The Saturday evening reception is presented in collaboration with the Kent State University Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

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Registration Details


ONE DAY: $150



Discounted Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Civic Center - 50 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

CIIS Group Pricing:

Recieve 20% off published rates.

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