Assessing campus climate for lgbtq college students: Results from the outlook on mason photovoice project
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Little research has explored the campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) college students, including experiences with health and other student services. The purpose of the OUTlook on Mason photovoice project was to capture LGBTQ students' experiences via photographs and creative writing pieces and to formulate recommendations to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students. Through the documentation, discussion, and sharing of photographs and creative writing pieces, students at one mid-Atlantic university were able to bring attention to LGBTQ issues and make recommendations to improve the campus climate. A purposive sample of nine LGBTQ undergraduate students (aged 18-24 years) participated in the photovoice project over a five-month period during the 2011-2012 academic year. Students met bi-monthly to discuss photographs, share experiences, and make recommendations to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students. Select photographs and creative writing pieces were placed on display and a formal presentation was made to students, faculty, staff, and university leadership during LGBTQ Pride Week. Major themes that emerged were recognition of and respect for identity, campus safety, and availability of resources. A comprehensive list of recommendations were generated that addressed the university's anti-discrimination policy; the availability of information, education, and training; housing and other facilities; student health services and education; counseling services; and family issues and involvement. Photovoice is a creative way to engage students in community building and to bring attention to campus climate issues for LGBTQ college students.
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Identify the major themes and recommendations to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ college students at one mid-Atlantic university.
Discuss the value of employing photovoice as a method for assessing campus climate among LGBTQ college students.
Keyword(s): College Students, Community Building
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted the research and coordinated the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.