Panel Discussions

Session 1: The Power of Language
Capturing demographic data on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students is fraught with myriad challenges and complexities, complicated by diverse and ever-evolving notions about sexuality and gender.  The language with which these measures are constructed must effectively elicit the desired information, while navigating familiarity with terminology, social stigma, and the politics of language across queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum communities. These measures must also contend with issues of privacy, confidentiality, relevance, and a study’s primary audience.  Leading scholars will discuss the unique challenges they have encountered and strategies for effective practice.

Presenters: Dr. Susan Rankin (Rankin & Associates), Dr. Jason Garvey (University of Vermont-Burlington), Dr. Allison BrckaLorenz (Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington), Dr. Ellen Stolzenberg (Cooperative Institutional Research Program, University of California-Los Angeles) and Dr. Mary Hoban (American College Health Association).

Session 2: Meta-Analysis of Campus Climate for Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Students
National and local survey instruments used to measure student experiences struggle with the parameters to operationalize sexual and gender identity. In recent years, key national research institutes have initiated the incorporation of these variables into their respective instruments, providing unprecedented data on the experiences of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students across higher education.   The marquis project presented at this Academic Colloquium will be a meta-analysis of data collected by the four leading datasets measuring student experience across higher education: the National Survey of Student Engagement (Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington), the CIRP Freshman Survey/Your First College Year  Survey/Diverse Learning Environments Survey (Cooperative Institutional Research Program, University of California-Los Angeles), the Student Experience at the Research University Survey (SERU-AAU Consortium, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of California-Berkeley),the ACHA National College Health Assessment (American College Health Association), and over 190 institutional climate assessments (Rankin & Associates). Representing findings from across American higher education, scholars from each of the aforementioned research centers will present findings that address campus climate indicators, health disparities, and academic outcomes for queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student populations.  Following this presentation, audience members will be invited for one-on-one conversations with panelists.

Presenters: Dr. Susan Rankin (Rankin & Associates), Dr. Ronald Huesman (SERU-AAU Consortium, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities), Dr. Allison BrckaLorenz (Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington), Dr. Ellen Stolzenberg (Cooperative Institutional Research Program, University of California-Los Angeles) and Dr. Mary Hoban (American College Health Association). 

Session 3: Emerging Issues in Policy, Practice & Research
A new generation of scholars and practitioners are redefining the way that higher education addresses scholarship and practice related to queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students.  Panelists will address deficits in this landscape, offering a critical analysis of research instruments and measures, the influence of personal identities on scholarship and practice, the elements of the academic culture/climate that mitigate and marginalize this work, the absence of representative narratives in existing scholarship, and the challenges that arise in translating research to effective policy and practice.  Panelists will explore challenges in multiple institutional settings, including 2-year and 4-year public/private institutions, historically Black colleges/universities (HBCUs) and faith-based institutions.

Presenters: Dr. Jason Garvey (University of Vermont-Burlington), Dr. Steve Mobley (University of Alabama), Dr. Erich Pitcher (Oregon State University), Dr. Joshua Wolff (Adler University) and Chris Woods, M.A. (The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals)