Message from Co-Chairs
Welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community (GSKC)! We hope to continue building upon the legacy of previous co-chairs to provide a resource for NASPA members and a space to honor the intersections of multiple identities.
We want to affirm and continue to build bridges with other groups through strategic partnerships with other cultural or identity-based organizations inside NASPA and out. Through these collaborations, we hope to create expanded opportunities for our constituents across all regions. We hope through these priorities we will open up seats at the table both at NASPA and in the GSKC and offer a voice to those who may not previously had the opportunity.
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The Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community is NASPA’s place for professionals, students, and those interested in gender and sexuality issues to connect. We provide education and support for the diverse queer, trans, bisexual, lesbian and gay community through scholarship, advocacy and engagement.
During the July 2016 Board of Director’s meeting our proposal to formerly change the name of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender KC to the Gender and Sexuality KC was approved. This change was made to continue to meet the needs of our membership and to be more inclusive in the work we do.
Each campus is safe, affirming and inclusive for all students, staff and faculty.
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The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides numerous ways for NASPA members to get involved.
If you want to quickly communicate with other members, jump right into the conversation by following us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, be sure to subscribe to our ListServ. These platforms are a great way to see opportunities for involvment including writing for our newsletter, serving on selection committes, and submit research articles!
For a more in depth involvement, check out the following opportunities for involvement:
Gender and Sexuality KC Blog Series
Queer People of Color
Connexsions Advisory Board: The goal of this QPOC Connexions Advisory Board is to solicit participation from other identity based Knowledge Communities with the focus of furthering visibility, dissemination of knowledge, and implementing engagement of QPOC related topics beyond the annual conference. Acknowledgement of the intersections of identity remains an important and a priority for us as core members.
QPOC ListServ: We aim to utilize this avenue to connect as a community and provide support from afar. If you are interested in being part of this listserv, please sign up here.
QPOC Facebook Group: A Facebook group also exists for QPOC student affairs professionals and if you are not part of this already, look us up and ask to join!
The Family Project Mentoring Opportunity
The mission of the NASPA Gender and Sexuality KC Mentoring Program is to serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA) community by building productive professional relationships in higher education, student affairs, and community involvement.
The Family Project is now accepting applications here! For anyone interested in supporting this initiative and serving on The Family Project committee should contact Winnifred Paul or John Hernandez.
Write for the Research Lavender Paper
Every Spring, Summer, and Fall the Gender & Sexuality KC publishes a Research Lavender Paper wherein articles written and submitted by the public are published for general readership. If you are interested in submitting writing to the Lavender Paper, please contact our core members for Research and Scholarship.
Members are encouraged to reach out to their individual Region Representatives (find yours on our leadership roster) to inquire about ways to get involved regionally with the GLBT KC.
Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.
One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.
The Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community is committed to providing a breadth of knowledge and support to professionals and students. Take a look through our Resources page for some information that may be of use. Make sure to check out the GSKC Lavender Papers* which exhibit some of the work and research being done by our members. (The name of the White Paper was changed in 2021 to Lavender Paper to reflect our ongoing commitment to culturally relevant references and language about gender and sexuality. Previously published resources will retain the White Paper name for citation and indexing purposes.)
2019 Spring White Paper - 3/2019
2018 Spring White Paper - 3/2018
2017 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2017
2016 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2016
2015 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2015
2014 Fall White Paper - Published 9/2014
2014 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2014
2013 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2013
2013 Spring White Paper - Published 03/2013
2012 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2012
2012 Spring White Paper - Published 03/2012
2011 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2011
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGTLF)
NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement.
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Concerns Commission
A compilation of resources, links, and basic information for academic advisors about the LGBT community. It tends to have an academic focus but is also aimed at student affairs professionals who work in academic advising.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
Founded in 2003, NCTE is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocac, collaboration and empowerment.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States.
The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals officially started at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference in San Diego (November, 1997) but we have been working together on an informal basis for several years. The combined vision and mission on the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities in California. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. The SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
Power of One Conference
The Power of One conference is a student leadership conference jointly sponsored by NASPA Region V and the Northwest LGBT Board of Directors. Each year it is held at a different institution of higher education in the Pacific Northwest. This conferences allows students, faculty and staff to explore issues related to LGBT communities.
Job Search Resources
So You Want to Become a Higher Education LGBT Resource Professional? Check out a recording of an online roundtable conersation hosted by the GSKC, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and The Placement Excahange on February 10, 2014. The roundtable included Debbie Bazarsky (Princeton), LB Hannahs (University of Florida), Yolany Gonel (Stetson), Celiany Rivera Velazquez (New York University), and Shaun Travers (UC, San Diego).
The Gender & Sexuality KC works collaboratively with the Latinx/a/o KC to promote gender identity, gender expression, and racial inclusion. The Latinx Inclusion Co-Chairs serve on both the Gender & Sexuality KC and Latinx/a/o KC, as they liaise and engender the relationship between the two Knowledge Communities. Visit Latinx Resources for more information.
Gender and Sexuality KC Awards
New Professional Award: 2013 - Emily Mears, Tuft Univesity; 2014 - Zaneta Rago, Rutgers University; 2015 Corey James Benson, Texas State Univeristy; 2017 - Missy Dominquez, University of Washington, Bothell Co-Chair Award: 2015 - Dominiece Hoelyfield, Assistant Director and Shaun Travers, Ed.D, UC San Diego; 2016 - Jake Frazier, American University; 2017 - Bobby Kunstman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Research Award: 2013 - Tom Bourdon, Tufts University; 2015 - Brandon B, Barile, Director of Residenial Education; 2016 - TJ Jourian, Loyola University Chicago; 2017 - Antonio Duran, Ohio State University and Vince Bowhay, Campus Success Campus Labs Exemplary Program Award: 2014 - The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies; 2015 - University of Houston’s Pride Partners Program; 2016 - LGBT and Ally Network of Support, Fordham University; 2017 - Queer Lives Series, Illinois Wesleyan University Service to NASPA Award: 2013 - Dr. Brit Katz, Millsaps University; 2014 - Ryan Gove, University of Kansas Medical Center; 2016 - Alex Cabal, Babson College; 2017 - Brian Medina, Frostburg State University Service to Student Affairs Award: 2014 - Dr. R. Bradley Johnson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; 2015 - Darryl Holloman, Georgia State University;2016 - Joshua Moon Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2017 - Matt Johns, The University of Texas at Dallas
GSKC Policy Statements
The GSKC periodically issues alone or joins in solidarity with other organizations to issue statements and calls to actions on topics relevant to our mission and goals. Those statemnents are released via email and shared acxross social media platforms. The folowing is a collection of recent statement sissued by the Knowledge Community. Please review our policy statement protocol and copntact a core team member to request consideration of a issue in the news or emergent controversy society that you wish us weigh in on.