Community colleges have historically been associated with the “open door” policy for admissions into their institutions. Open door leads to a policy which allows anyone to attend a community college, regardless of race, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, age or religious affiliation. Acts of discrimination, along with other behavioral issues such as bullying, harassment and hate crimes, are being studied on community colleges campuses in greater depth than ever before. The growth of attention around the needs and concerns of the LGBT community, along with hate crimes, discrimination and biases they may face on a daily basis, has coincidentally forced the world to pay attention whether they share the same beliefs or not.
Therefore, it is imperative that community colleges remain flexible to the ever changing community and environment. As needs of students change, the college must also change. Community colleges will need to continue to provide resources for students of various cultural and diverse backgrounds. As a result, professional development and educational resources should be made readily available for college faculty and staff that will give them the tools they need to assist any and all students on a community college campus.
|Commitee:||Staat, Darrel, White, Wanda|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Educational leadership, GLBT Studies|
|Keywords:||Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Student services, Support services, Transgender|
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