2008 Report of the LGBTI Student Issues Committee
Discussion Group Questions



1. What type of regular activities and events can the university sponsor to increase awareness and education of the experiences and concerns of the GLBT community?
Publicity is a big issue on campus- no one knows when the events are taking place

  • There are some really good mixers and social programming happening on campus, but no one knows. Publicity is so poor on campus
  • Discuss GLBTQ or sexual orientation as part of Orientation.
  • Add it to the VUceptor programming/ curriculum
  • GLBTQ studies/certificate program
  • Faculty/Staff GLBTQ mentoring or ally program
  • Faculty? Student mentoring program, mixers and ally groups
  • Safe Space training
  • Speak outs (Things that happen during Take Back the Night)
  • GLBT Themed academic talks
  • Communication lines are not open. Find better ways to advertise events
  • Find ways to have experience conversations for GLBT students and their allies can talk about their experience on campus.
  • Gay and Lesbian policy class
  • GLBT RA Training safe zone.
  • Safe Zone training
  • Forming a committee or group of people consisting of students, faculty, and staff that can talk about GLBT awareness.
  • Fun and Educational programming-National Coming Out Day.
  • First Year writing course

2. If you were to create your ideal GLBT concern office or GLBT student resource center on campus, what would that look like for Vanderbilt?

  • Part of a central location on campus.
  • Staffing that can deal with Graduate, Undergraduate, Employees, as well as faculty.
  • Focus on Inclusion and Issues on Campus
  • Same type as set up as the Teaching for Excellence dept.-someone for each area of the campus.
  • Support from Senior Administrators
  • Regulars office hours
  • Have one, period.
  • Programs educational, as well as social.
  • Space that people can hang out on a regular basis
  • Open on a regular basis.
  • Visibility for GLBTQ office.
  • Being socially and academically present
  • Staffed-Full time employees
  • Graduate assistant that focuses on programming

3. What are some of the basic needs, concerns, and issues of GLBTQI population?

  • Interested in the search committee for the chancellor. Is “GLBTQI friendly” a part of the search?
  • The is no “code of conduct” for the professional schools
  • Publicity for events and promoting acceptance for the GLBT community.
  • Safety on campus for out GLBTQ students, faculty, and staff.
  • No support from the professors or administrators
  • No recruitment of GLBT faculty members
  • Attitude on campus is one of intolerance. Lots of ‘born again’ Christians that are prejudiced (Nursing Dept.)
  • Build a course offering built around GLBT studies, not Gender Studies
  • Linking GLBTQI with Women’s Center
  • The harassment policy is so vague, but does not offer any support.
  • Staff and faculty that you believe are suppose to be the most welcoming or objective says our the most offensive ex. Health Services, Dean of Student’s office,
  • Everything academically is cross listed with Gender studies
  • No safe spaces on campus
  • Faculty members not out, therefore not valuable
  • There are pockets of safe spaces with in certain communities, but overall they are not many open and welcoming places within the academic schools on campus (ex. Law school, Arts and Science Divinity)
  • “In the closet” is better for you.
  • Not many of the faculty member are role models
  • Administrators are not open to recruit for students, faculty, or staffs that are GLBT friendly or GLBTQI.
  • Staff do not advocate for GLBT issues and harassment.
  • We are not focuses on minority GLBT students on campus.

5. How can senior administrators (e.g. chancellor, president, vice-president, academic deans) actively demonstrate inclusivitiy and awareness use “sexual orientation” and/ or “lesbian, gay, bisexual” when discussing community, multicultural and/or diversity issues on campus?

  • Make sure that the code of conduct has an active GLBTQI language and harassment policy.
  • Make sure the GLBTQI is introduced in the admissions process
  • Acknowledgement in the GLBTQI in the orientation and welcome speeches. They always say race, ethnicity, religion and gender, but never GLBTQI.
  • Make perspective students know that this is a GLBT friendly campus and that prejudice and hatred is not tolerated.
  • Advocate for safe zone and GLBT sensitivity training.