Students don’t come to campus with singular, isolated identities, they bring their whole selves. LGBTQ+ liberation must be intersectional or it will not be liberation at all. We are at the crux of change in our institutions, our country, and our world. There is much work to do to dismantle oppression and make systems, policies, and practices represent what the research – and what our lived experiences - tell us best to support student success.
To do this, we need individual, institutional, and organizational behavior change and accountability. Policies are only a start. Individuals must take action to operationalize this commitment at every level. This requires approaches that are systemic, participatory, and emergent and that are socially and generatively dynamic and complex. Revolutionary organizing and action requires strategy, collaboration, and solidarity with foundations rooted in interconnectedness, humility, empathy, compassion, and love.
Luca Maurer is the founding program director of Ithaca College’s Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Education, Outreach and Services, and teaches in the Sociology Department. Maurer co-authored The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills, which was named 2016 Book of the Year by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. He also co-authored The LGBTQIA+ Supportive Campus: Developing Effective Policies, Programs & Practices, and is co-editor of Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience. Maurer received the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training Award in 2017.
This talk is part of the Spring 2018 Discussion Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm