Student Affairs

Meeting the Unique Needs of the LGBTQIA Student Population

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $108.00

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Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) community can experience stigma, prejudice, and discrimination on our campuses.  This charged environment can be socially and academically stressful and be the basis of mental and emotional health issues.  In fact, the incidence of mental and emotional diagnoses among this community exceeds other undergraduate populations.

Meeting the needs of the LGBTQIA community should be a priority for anyone in higher education concerned about recruitment, retention-to-graduation, and job placement of all students.  Creating an inviting environment also has positive financial implications for colleges and universities and helps institutions avoid costly litigation and other problems.

This webinar will highlight evidence-based best practices and demonstrate how student affairs professionals can better meet the needs of the LGBTQIA students on their campuses.

Brief Outline:

  1. General characteristics of the LGBTQIA campus community.
  2. How the LGBTQIA community is discriminated against in educational institutions and employment settings.
  3. Mental and emotional issues unique to the LGBTQIA community.
  4. Legal and ethical concerns unique to the LGBTQIA community.
  5. Best practices for meeting the needs of the LGBTQIA community (programs that work).
  6. The potential consequences of not meeting the mental and emotional needs of the LGBTQIA community.

Learning outcomes:

Those who participate in this webinar will be much better equipped to understand, and respond to, the unique needs of the LGBTQIA students attending their institution. Specifically, they will learn how to:  

  1. Recognize and respond more effectively to the unique needs of the LGBTQIA campus community.
  2. Support the LGBTQIA community as they strive to cope with and overcome the discrimination many experience on a daily basis.
  3. Help the LBGTQIA students get access to the services they need in order to be successful in college.
  4. Recognize and reinforce the legal and ethical rights of the LGBTQIA community.
  5. Develop and implement evidence-based programs and services that meet the complex needs of the LGBTQIA community.
  6. How to be a better advocate for the LGBTQIA campus community.

Who should attend:

Student Affairs professionals, mental health providers, and anyone at any level who works or interacts with the LGBTQIA community would benefit from the insights that will be provided through this webinar. It is especially appropriate for those who provide direct services and programs to this population.

Presenter biography:

Aaron W. Hughey is a professor and program coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University. He supervises the master’s degree program in student affairs in higher education as well as graduate certificate programs in international student services and career services. He was head of the department for five years before returning to the faculty in 2008. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he was the associate director of university housing; he also served as interim director of WKU’s Knicely Institute for Economic Development where he coordinated outreach (training and development) services to business and industry.  He has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on subjects including higher education administration, student affairs, counseling and testing, diversity, leadership, teams, and management. He consults extensively with regional companies and schools and provides training sessions and programs on a variety of topics including diversity, leadership/supervision, change management, motivation and mental health issues among both student and employee populations. Working with diverse populations is one of his specialties.

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