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1 LGBTQ+ CAUCUS Presentation to the Staff Senate Virginia Tech Thursday, March 20, 2014

2 LGBT+ Caucus – Priorities & Action Items Priorities: Policy & Administration Trans* Inclusion – Policy 1025 Comprehensive Rights and Benefits Research & Educational Mission Curriculum, Research, and Demographics Campus community events – cultural opportunities Representation Safe Zone – program visibility Cultural Representation – language and messaging Action Items: 1. Update policy 1025 to include gender identity and expression following Governor McAuliffe's executive order No. 1 (01/11/14). 2. Implement equity in benefits following repeal of DOMA (06/26/13), Bostic v. Rainey (02/13/14), and SB252 (in committee now). 3. Foster equity among students/faculty/staff/administrator demographics recruitment, retention, promotion. 4. Foster equity in campus events, co- curricular programming. 5. Increase visibility and participation in SafeZone trainings. 6. Implement representational equity in all University communications.

3 POLICY & CLIMATE State of Virginia and Virginia Tech Campus

4 State of Virginia State Law & Public Policy Governor’s Executive Order No. 1 – mandates nondiscrimination Bostic V. Rainey (02/13/14) – rejects prior restriction on marriage SB252 (senate approval, now in committee) – mandates institutional equity in benefits State Climate Wide variation in experiences across the state Equity – employment, access, services, accommodations Dignity – regard among peers and community Safety – fear of assault and/or reprisal Stereotypes that institutions can challenge Hostility and danger that state institutions can mitigate

5 Virginia Tech -- Progress and Deficiencies Progress LGBTQ+ Coordinator Growth of SafeZone Program Lavender Celebration Increased Access to Gender-Inclusive Restrooms/Facilities Increase in Curricular Inclusion Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (oSTEM) Chapter Graduate Diversity Scholars Diversity Ally Training LGBTQ+ Climate Survey Deficiencies VT is 1 of 3 SCHEV Peers (25) who do not include Gender Identity/Expression VT is 1 of 3 who do not provide partner benefits Competiveness for Faculty Lack of support for dialogue regarding gender identity and expression Climate Survey Development of LGBT Survey Faculty Hires Student Transfers Personal Experiences

6 Virginia Tech - Campus Climate Derogatory remarks Loss of current employees Students transferring to schools with supportive policies Inability to recruit top candidates Fear for personal safety Fear of losing employment Fear of reprisal for raising concerns Inequity in distribution of honors Inequity in distribution of work assignments

7 Sample Perspectives: political officials Positive “My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our commonwealth home. Executive Order Number 1 sets the tone for an administration that will not accept discrimination in any form, and one that will work tirelessly to ensure all Virginians have equal opportunity in the workplace, no matter their backgrounds, race, religion, or whom they love.” -- Gov. McCauliffe (http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/amcauliffe-signs-executive-order- 1-lgbt-non-discrimination/discrimination/2014/01/13/81661#.UwUzXvldX- s)http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/amcauliffe-signs-executive-order- 1-lgbt-non-discrimination/discrimination/2014/01/13/81661#.UwUzXvldX- s Negative “We are disappointed General Assembly Democrats would choose to make a divisive social issue the centerpiece of their legislative agenda … Our focus should be on creating jobs and improving our schools. That’s what the people of Virginia want us to work on.” -- Matt Moran, spokesman for the Virginia House Republican Caucus (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democratic- virginia-lawmakers-press-gay-rights-bills/2014/01/13/7a06526a-7c61- 11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html)http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democratic- virginia-lawmakers-press-gay-rights-bills/2014/01/13/7a06526a-7c61- 11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html

8 Sample Perspectives: public commentary Positive ''The time for equality is now! I hope that legislators are listening to their constituents when it comes to LGBT rights. The decisions being made at the General Assembly must start reflecting where Virginians stand when it comes to issues of fairness and equality.'' - James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia (http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=8805 )http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=8805 Negative "I don't dispute that history may be on the side of gay rights. But to say the "moral arc of the universe" is bending in that direction? That puts McEachin in a class with Nietzsche's Madman, who sprang into the public square announcing God had been murdered by mankind. But even the madman had the sense to then ask, as his eyes pierced the startled onlookers, 'Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon?' Who indeed? Did an angel come down to McEachin and announce that God is dead and his laws governing human sexuality have been annulled? Has the law that marriage is the union of a man and woman, which was put in place at the creation of mankind, been repealed? I don't think so. God's universal moral law, immutable as the law of gravity, is not going to "bend," regardless of how much the gay lobby and the Democrats might wish it. We cannot break it. We can only break ourselves against it." - - Tom Taylor, novelist and resident of Roanoke, VA. (http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/article_9b975b9c-82db- 11e3-994f-0019bb30f31a.html)http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/article_9b975b9c-82db- 11e3-994f-0019bb30f31a.html

9 Sample Perspectives: Virginia Tech Positive We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others. We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). (http://www.diversity.vt.edu/principles-of-community/principles.html)http://www.diversity.vt.edu/principles-of-community/principles.html Negative “While better than the outlying areas of Southwest Virginia, Virginia Tech is still highly conservative overall perhaps due to geography more than anything. The experience here is to be tolerated but not really accepted, so there is still much work to be done there.” “LGBTQ staff are here because they either love the school, the program or the academics, not because being an employee or citizen of the Commonwealth is beneficial to them in that aspect of their lives. They have made a decision, a value judgment if you will, to accept certain limitations and 2nd class citizen status for something that means as much to them or more in their service/employment here.” “As a member of the LGBTQ community, I feel the university does not, in any way, advocate for our interests.” (Considerations for Assessment of the Campus Climate for LBGTQ Faculty and Staff at Virginia Tech)

10 Sample Perspectives – VT Staff “The college climate, while much better than the outlaying rural areas, is still one where I feel like a token minority. Tolerated, but definitely not accepted. Addressing that by providing partner benefits at the University would be one small but noticeable way to be more inclusive.” – anonymous, VT staff I am willing for this comment to be used, because it is true. It happened to me all the time […]. However, I would need to to be posted on condition of personal anonymity, because I could still get negative splashback about it, if my name was published. There are many good people at VT too. But the bigots are louder and more frequent with their comments. Virginia Tech has a good written inclusiveness policy. And some faculty and staff work by it. Others don't. it's because of those who don't, that the policy often fails in practice. Virginia Tech employs some diversity supporting staff, but also some of the most bigoted people I have ever met, especially in its long term dining hall staff. When I worked at [department omitted], I had the stress of hearing 5 long term staff make negative remarks about "fags" on a daily basis. It is part of the reason I no longer work there. Still distressed from that.” – anonymous, VT Staff

11 POLICY & ADMINISTRATION Virginia Tech

12 Virginia Tech Human Resources Governor McAuliffe's Executive Order No. 1 “This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The policy permits appropriate employment preferences for veterans and specifically prohibits discrimination against veterans.” Virginia Tech Policy 1025 “Virginia Tech does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, [gender identity, gender expression], veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Such behavior is inconsistent with the university’s commitments to excellence and to a community in which mutual respect is a core value as articulated in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. The prohibition against discrimination and harassment applies to all levels and areas of university operations and programs, to students, administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, vendors and contractors.”

13 Comprehensive Rights and Benefits Court Decision and SB252 Bostic v. Rainey: The Court ENJOINS the Commonwealth from enforcing Sections 20-45.2 and 20-45.3 of the Virginia Code and Article §15-A of the Virginia Constitution to the extent these laws prohibit a person from marrying another person of the same gender” (Bostic v. Rainey) SB252 -- Insurance; employees of public institutions of higher education or localities. Requires the state health plan, for employees of higher education, to provide means for coverage of any other class of persons as may mutually be agreed upon by the institution and the employee to be purchased. The bill also expands the list of people who may be provided certain types of insurance by a locality, adding the dependents of officers and employees of a locality, as well as the dependents of those employed by commissions and other entities controlled by or working closely with a locality, to the list of people to whom a locality may provide accident and health insurance. […] Amends § 15.2-1517, § 2.2-2818, of the Code of Virginia§ 15.2-1517 § 2.2-2818Code of Virginia Comprehensive Benefits? Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, Promotion Insurance Domestic Partner Benefits Affirming Practitioners & Providers Trans* Health Resources Facilities & Accommodations Gender-inclusive restrooms, locker rooms, athletics training facilities Residence Halls

14 PEER COMPARISONS SCHEV Institutions

15 Virginia Tech SCHEV Peer Institutions University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of Colorado at Boulder Cornell University University of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Iowa State University University of Maryland, College Park University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan State University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Missouri - Columbia North Carolina State University The Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Purdue University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey State University of New York at Buffalo University of Southern California Stony Brook University Texas A&M University The University of Texas at Austin The University of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin – Madison

16 Includes gender identity/expression in non-discrimination statement (Source: University Pride) University of California, Berkeley (2004) University of California, Davis (2004) University of Colorado at Boulder (2011) Cornell University (2005) University of Florida (2010) University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (2005) Iowa State University (2005) University of Maryland, College Park (2012) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007) Michigan State University (2007) University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2012) University of Missouri - Columbia North Carolina State University (2005)* The Ohio State University (2004) Pennsylvania State University (2006) University of Pittsburgh (2008) Purdue University (2010) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2008) State University of New York at Buffalo (2010) University of Southern California (2004) Stony Brook University (2005) Texas A&M University The University of Texas at Austin (2008) The University of Washington – Seattle (2006)** University of Wisconsin – Madison (2005) Virginia Tech * “sex” is defined to include “actual or perceived gender identity and gender expression” ** part of “sexual orientation” definition

17 Excludes gender identity/expression in non-discrimination statement University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of Colorado at Boulder Cornell University University of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Iowa State University University of Maryland, College Park University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan State University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Missouri - Columbia North Carolina State University The Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Purdue University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey State University of New York at Buffalo University of Southern California Stony Brook University Texas A&M University The University of Texas at Austin The University of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin – Madison Virginia Tech

18 Offer Partner/LGBTQ+ Benefits University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of Colorado at Boulder Cornell University University of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Iowa State University University of Maryland, College Park University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan State University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Missouri - Columbia North Carolina State University The Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Purdue University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey State University of New York at Buffalo University of Southern California Stony Brook University Texas A&M University The University of Texas at Austin The University of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin – Madison Virginia Tech

19 No Partner/LGBTQ+ Benefits University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of Colorado at Boulder Cornell University University of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Iowa State University University of Maryland, College Park University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan State University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Missouri - Columbia North Carolina State University The Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Purdue University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey State University of New York at Buffalo University of Southern California Stony Brook University Texas A&M University The University of Texas at Austin The University of Washington - Seattle University of Wisconsin – Madison Virginia Tech

20 RESEARCH & EDUCATIONAL MISSION Virginia Tech

21 Mission – Benchmarks and Aspirations Research & Curriculum Demographic representation of LGBTQ+ persons among faculty and instructors… …among researchers. …among staff. Courses primarily on LGBTQ+ topics Courses with LGBTQ+ content Funding and support of LGBTQ+- specific research projects. Co-Curriculum Community programming, events featuring LGBTQ+ people Intersectional programs – people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, etc. Student Organizations Demographic representation of LGBTQ+ persons among administrators and professional faculty.

22 REPRESENTATION Virginia Tech

23 Representation SafeZone Program Objectives: To identify a network of allies who are concerned, empathetic, and knowledgeable about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender questions. To provide evidence of the support of LGBTQ+ people and their allies within the Virginia Tech community by posting a sign as tangible evidence of that support. To reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination by LGBTQ+ people and their allies within the Virginia Tech community. To assist LGBTQ+ and allied students in achieving their educational goals by creating an environment in which they can be themselves. (http://www.mps.vt.edu/lgbtq/safezone/)http://www.mps.vt.edu/lgbtq/safezone/ SafeZone Training Sessions: 1. Safe Zone 101 2. Trans* 101 3. New River Valley Resources 4. Suicide Watch and Prevention 5. LGBTQ+ History 6. Legal & Compliance

24 Representation Consistency in: Public Relations & Outreach News & Communications Alumni Relations Admissions/Recruitment Materials Websites Publications Advertising/Publicity Language and Messaging Partners, significant others Gender-inclusive pronouns Inclusive images and artistic representations of individuals Benchmark: Iowa State University Policy on Inclusive Language (http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/language)http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/language

25 LGBT+ Caucus – Priorities & Action Items Priorities: Policy & Administration Trans* Inclusion – Policy 1025 Comprehensive Rights and Benefits Research & Educational Mission Curriculum, Research, and Demographics Campus community events – cultural opportunities Representation Safe Zone – program visibility Cultural Representation – language and messaging Action Items: 1. Update policy 1025 to include gender identity and expression following Governor McAuliffe's executive order No. 1 (01/11/14). 2. Implement equity in benefits following repeal of DOMA (06/26/13), Bostic v. Rainey (02/13/14), and SB252 (in committee now). 3. Foster equity among students/faculty/staff/administrator demographics recruitment, retention, promotion. 4. Foster equity in campus events, co- curricular programming. 5. Increase visibility and participation in SafeZone trainings. 6. Implement representational equity in all University communications.

26 LGBTQ+ CAUCUS Contact: Chad Mandala cmandala@vt.educmandala@vt.edu Phil Nelson kenelso2@vt.edukenelso2@vt.edu Christian Matheis matheisc@vt.edumatheisc@vt.edu Invent the Future: What would make Virginia Tech the number one choice in the region, the state, the nation, globally for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and administrators?

27 References & Resources Bostic v. Rainey (https://casetext.com/case/bostic-v-rainey#.UweJNfldX-s)https://casetext.com/case/bostic-v-rainey#.UweJNfldX-s GLSEN Report on Virginia Schools (http://www.glsen.org/download/file/MzIxNQ==)http://www.glsen.org/download/file/MzIxNQ Considerations for Assessment of the Campus Climate for LBGTQ Faculty and Staff at Virginia Tech Iowa State University Policy on Inclusive Language (http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/language)http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/language LGBT+ Caucus of Virginia Tech (http://www.vtlgbtcaucus.org/)http://www.vtlgbtcaucus.org/ LGBTQ+ Resources at VT (http://www.lgbta.org.vt.edu/resources.php)http://www.lgbta.org.vt.edu/resources.php LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Multicultural Programs and Services (http://www.mps.vt.edu/LGBTQ+/LGBTQ+_coordinator/index.html)http://www.mps.vt.edu/LGBTQ+/LGBTQ+_coordinator/index.html Patridge, Barthelemy, and Rankin -- “Factors Impacting the Academic Climate for LGBQ STEM Faculty” (http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/00551c876cc2f027,761a7b37493b2d86,6fe4cda94f55abdf.htVirginia Governor’s Executive Order No. 1 (https://governor.virginia.gov/policy/executive-orders/eo-1-equal-opportunity/)http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/00551c876cc2f027,761a7b37493b2d86,6fe4cda94f55abdf.hthttps://governor.virginia.gov/policy/executive-orders/eo-1-equal-opportunity/ ml) ml Virginia Tech Policy 1025: (http://www.hr.vt.edu/oea/harassment/)http://www.hr.vt.edu/oea/harassment/ Rankin, S., Weber, G., Blumenfeld, W., and Frazer, M.S. (2010). 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People. Charlotte, NC: Campus Pride. (http://lgbtq.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/campuspride2010lgbtreportsummary.pdf)http://lgbtq.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/campuspride2010lgbtreportsummary.pdf SBS252: Insurance; state health care plan to provide that coverage of 1 additional adult may be purchased. (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=SB252)http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=SB252 Comments contributed by VT Faculty and Staff


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