Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

But the greatest of these is love: How staff members negotiate their relationships with LGBTQ students at Christian colleges and universities
by Scibetta, Dominica J., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 176; 10065207
Abstract (Summary)

Christian college environments remain connected to Biblical doctrine that can create a challenge for student affairs practitioners responsible for supporting all students but then instructed to take “corrective” (e.g., disciplinary) action against LGBTQ students. This study examined experiences of ten student affairs staff at Christian campuses negotiating institutional context, professional relationships, and personal values when interacting with LGBTQ students. Interview data was organized along three themes: campus culture, tensions, and strategies to manage tension. Participants perceived campus culture as familial, but also as silent, fearful, and confusing on LGBTQ issues. Consequently, they experienced tensions between personal beliefs in serving students versus supporting institutional values about LGBTQ identity and behavior. Participants employed cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal strategies to negotiate these tensions and balance service to their institution with advocacy for LGBTQ students. Recommendations provided relate to staff development, graduate level training, and sustainability of the Christian college approach to human sexuality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haviland, Don
Commitee: Olson, Avery B., Ortiz, Jeanne
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, Religious education, Higher education
Keywords: Christian college context and culture, Self-authorship, Sexuality and religion, Staff development, Student affairs, Tension and negotiation
Publication Number: 10065207
ISBN: 978-1-339-57848-4
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