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April 1, 2016; 3:45–4:15 pm

Illinois Wesleyan aspires to be a campus that fully embraces diversity to further its educational mission and purpose. Strides have been made in recent years to more fully embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer (LGBQ+) and others marginalized around sexual orientation, and transgender and gender nonconforming people (TGNC) and those marginalized around gender identity. This process gained traction with a climate survey of LGBT identity and experience that was administered in Spring 2013 and developed through a student–staff collaboration. This session will explore that collaboration and the ways it opened the doors to a period of significant change on campus.

Presenters: Tim Reardanz ’15, Graduate Hall Director at Bowling Green State University
Matthew Damschroder, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life Student

Respondents: Avery Amerson ’17, Psychology major
Paige Buschman ’17, Sociology major

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Illinois Wesleyan University




Gender and Sexuality | Higher Education


The slides for this presentation and the presenters' text are linked here. A video of this presentation is available at

Artistic and Scholarly Sessions: LGBTQ+ Identity at IWU: Measuring and Enhancing a Climate of Inclusion



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