This qualitative interview study used intersectionality as a theoretical frame to understand the experiences of 12 LGBTQ community college presidents and higher education leaders. This study explored the problem of creating a more inclusive campus through the voices of leaders with diverse intersecting identities along lines of race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. This study found that experiences of othering lead to the development of elements of character (advocate, presence, pioneer, and inclusive) that resisted inequality and challenged the status quo. Presidents demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion manifest in the theme of walking the walk as change agents on their campuses.
LGBTQ community college presidents represent a diverse group of leaders positioned to lead community colleges in creating a more inclusive campus community. LGBTQ college presidents, as the most public and symbolic face of their institutions, can challenge negative stereotypes about LGBTQ people and can create campus climates that are more welcoming and inclusive of all populations through modeling authenticity and inclusion. LGBTQ college leaders are members of both insider group (as leader) and outsider group (as sexual minority), so have insight into factors that impact inclusivity, namely how privilege and oppression interact within campus groups. LGBTQ college presidents are positioned to use their insight and influence to address inequality and facilitate change towards a more inclusive campus community.
|Commitee:||Vega, William M., Endrijonas, Erika|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Higher education, LGBTQ studies, Educational administration, Gender studies, Educational sociology|
|Keywords:||College presidents, LGBTQ leaders, Inclusive campuses, Sexual orientation, Intersecting identities , Change on campuses, Oppression, Addressing inequality on campus|
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