LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education - Removing Barriers and Building Pathways

Author: LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education
Published: Saturday 11th February 2017
Summary: LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education third annual Institute designed to support LGBTQ leaders looking to advance within higher education.

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education have announced their third annual Institute designed to support LGBTQ leaders who are looking to advance within higher education. The Institute will take place in Seattle from June 23-25, 2017.

The Institute is designed for participants throughout higher education, including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, and development. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to learn about current issues in higher education affecting the LGBTQ community.

The conference co-hosts are Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington; Isiaah Crawford, President of the University of Puget Sound; Mac Powell, President of Bastyr University; and Timothy Stokes, President of South Puget Sound Community College.

"There are about 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States and fewer than 75 gay/lesbian presidents," says Powell. "Part of our mission is to build opportunities and capacities for LGBTQ leaders to contribute to higher education."

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is scheduled to speak, with additional keynotes from Past President of NACUBO, Gregg Goldman, and Seattle Storm President Alisha Valavanis. There will be breakout sessions and discussion groups on topics ranging from leadership development to campus climate issues, as well as a women's panel discussion with current and former presidents.

The conference sponsors include Washington State University, Academic Search, Parker Executive Search, and Isaacson, Miller. Alaska Airlines is the travel sponsor for the Institute and O Wines is the beverage sponsor.

Founded in 2010, the mission of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education is to advance effective leadership in the realm of post-secondary education, supports professional development of LGBTQ leaders in that sector, and provides education and advocacy regarding LGBTQ issues within the global academy and for the public at large. From its original membership of nine presidents, the organization has grown to number over 70 current and retired presidents, chancellors, and senior officers in higher education institutions and systems.

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