What is my Role as Faculty in Supporting LGBTQIA Students?
For the Classroom
Language for Inclusion in Syllabi:
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement highly encourages all faculty to incorporate a clear and direct statement of inclusion within their course's syllabus. The statement of inclusion and LGBTQIA support establishes an expectation of acceptance and professionalism in the classroom. The Office also recommends faculty take time during the first day of each course to verbally address the statement of inclusion. Doing so will create an understood precedence of the faculty's position as an ally.
Including language in your syllabi is an important strategy to communicate your support of LGBTQIA students. If this is something you are interested in doing, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement provides sample language for your consideration and/or modification below:
"I am committed to the practice of ‘allyship' towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community, and I am available to listen and support you. Texas Tech University offers programming and services to support LGBTQIA students and sustain an inclusive educational environment. The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement can be found in the Student Union Building Room 201, online at www.lgbtqia.ttu.edu, and/or contacted at (806) 742-5433."
Transgender and gender-nonconforming peoples experience systemic and physical violence on and off campus spaces. The use of singular they allows the writer "to avoid specifying a gender when doing so may be irrelevant, inappropriate, or needlessly restrictive." The Office of LGBTQIA encourages faulty and staff to consider adopting the use of singular they in their classroom materials, their speaking, and their professional documents. By doing so, it acknowledges and affirms the lived realities of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Pre-program Lecture Tailored to the Field of Study
With the demand for faculty to produce more research while maintaining a full course-load, there is little time left for faculty to integrate discussion around LGBTQIA and ally's experiences into the classroom. Moreover, faculty may hold that their field do not need to address the intersectionality within the classroom. The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement understands this and suggests faculty request a speaker from the Office on a day when the faculty member may have already planned to be absent. Our Office is equipped to tailor our discussion to meet your class where they are. By doing so, we can create an academic space for discussion of opinion and the relevance to the student's field of study.
Ally Training for Faculty & Staff
Attending a LGBTQIA Ally training lead by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is one of the best ways faculty can check their assumptions, continue their education around the LGBTQIA community, offer solutions when needed, and connect with available resources for faculty, staff, and students. Becoming an ally furthers faculty and campus commitment to students and enhances departmental ally visibility.