A primer on LGBTQ students at community colleges: Considerations for research and practice

Eboni M. Zamani-gallaher, Dibya Devika Choudhuri

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Abstract

Community colleges are among the most diverse institutions in the American higher education system. Students across lifestyles, creeds, racial/ethnic backgrounds, gender groups, ability levels, and socioeconomic status reflect the legacy of two‐year institutions to provide educational opportunities for many on the margins of full participation. The preponderance of community college students seeks this tier of postsecondary education, as it promises to equalize educational access across divergent student populations. Nonetheless, the unique campus climates of community colleges have not halted marginalization that occurs for sexual minority students. In this chapter, the authors trace the dearth of available literature on LGBTQ students at community colleges, provide a commentary for future research, and offer action steps for practitioners in creating visibly inclusive LGBTQ campus environments.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-49
JournalNew Directions for Community Colleges
Volume2011
Issue number155
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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