NOTE: The 2020 LGBT+ College Conference has been cancelled. Join us for the 2021 conference, April 1-3, 2021!
2020 LGBT+ College Conference
How can advisors, faculty, and student affairs staff improve retention and outcomes for LGBT+ students?
LGBT+ students are at a greater risk of experiencing difficulties than their non-LGBT+ peers
- "...it is within the higher education context that many students begin to explore and/or disclose their sexual identities, positioning college and university environments with potentially high levels of influence on this process" (Dugan & Yurman, 2011, p. 201).
- "Reviews of published campus climate studies for GLBT students universally indicate that these students experience discrimination, harassment, and fear and that the campus climate for them is chilly at best" (Brown, Clarke, Gortmaker, & Robinson-Keilig, 2004, p. 8).
- "Taken together, this information suggests that LGBTQ students may face a great deal of adversity from the campus climate. Best practices information shows that campuses can change their policies, procedures, and facilities to be more inclusive" (Tetreault, Fette, Meidlinger, & Hope, 2013, p. 950).
How can you improve your campus climate for LGBT+ students?
|"The LGBT+ College Conference has been an uplifting force of encouragement and solidarity for our campus. Our students have gathered so much each year of attendance and they have reflected that in the positivity they bring back to campus. As a derivative of this conference, my institution partnered with MTSU and conducted a Safe Zone training to increase the numbers of Safe Spaces on Campus. I would encourage institutions to send faculty, staff, students, and administrators to this conference!" Kenny Yarbrough, MBA, Th.D., CDP, Director, Student Life & Diversity Initiatives, Volunteer State Community College|
|“The LGBT+ College Conference is such an amazing experience because it creates a safe environment for students to be their full selves, celebrate and connect across difference, and learn more about what it truly means to be culturally competent in a global and diverse society. I am so appreciative to the student leaders and their supporters who saw the need for an event like this and took on the task.” Bobbie R. Porter, Director of Diversity & Equity Initiatives, Tennessee Board of Regents|
Want to learn more about the 2020 LGBT+ College Conference?
Benefits for administrators, faculty, advisors, and student affairs staff:
- Get information about challenges faced by LGBT+ students and concrete strategies to address those challenges.
- Advisor/faculty tracks to maximize your experience.
- An opportunity to socialize with students and your peers at the conference film festival, game night, and awards dinner.
- Registration at the 2020 LGBT+ College Conference is free, most meals are included, and you are encouraged to attend all events. We want your input and participation!
Program Presentation and Participation
Sponsorships and Support
Corporate and Community Engagement
Advisory Board Chair Lynn Cothren (Lynn.Cothren@tn.gov)
Lambda hosts weekly meetings and membership is open to all currently enrolled MTSU students who act in good faith of Lambda's Constitution and Community Standards. Membership dues are announced at the beginning of each academic year and can be paid at any time.