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Thursday, January 12 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Mobilizing for Justice (2) Creating Affirming Classroom Settings and Campus Environments: Promoting Social Justice for Sexual and Gender Minority Students, Faculty, Administrators and Staff Members

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Session Outcomes;
  • Examine strategies and ideas for creating a more welcoming, affirming and inclusive classroom environment (e.g., attention to names and pronouns, hospitality, de-centered classrooms, etc.)
  • Provide recommendations for safe space trainings (with attention to LGBTQ individuals or survivors of sexual assault)
  • Review university policy and strategies for addressing threats to students’ well-being (e.g., sexual assault, hate speech, etc.)
  • Provide resources recently published by The Council of Social Work Education (Craig, Alessi, Fisher-Borne, Dentato, et al., 2016) that examine 1) institutional equity; 2) recruitment, admissions, and retention; 3) inclusive and affirming staff and faculty training; 4) inclusive and affirming explicit curriculum; 5) inclusive and affirming implicit curriculum; and 6) inclusive and affirming field education experiences for LGBTQ students, faculty and administrators.

Session Description:

This presentation will provide an overview of issues related to the promotion of social justice on our campus, both in and outside of the classroom, specifically related to sexual and gender minority individuals. The presentation will briefly consider:

  • The challenges and inequities of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression on campus (locally and nationally), including potentially increased threats of sexual violence and the need for safe spaces.
  • Policies and strategies for creating a more inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff, especially regarding gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and class.
  • Pedagogical strategies for creating spaces that promote productive learning for all students.


Michael Dentato

Loyola University Chicago

Betsy Jones Hemenway

Loyola University Chicago

Thursday January 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm CST
Wintrust Hall