October 2, 2013 | Rose Hill Campus
In spring 2013, a study on the status of gender and sexual minority students at Fordham revealed that many such students experience fear, harassment, discrimination, and social isolation in a variety of spaces at Fordham, including residence halls, athletic teams, clubs, and classrooms. These experiences negatively impact their academic performance, self esteem, and overall college experience.
In response, Fordham faculty and teaching fellows participated in an open discussion on creating LGBTQ-inclusive classroom experiences. In particular, the luncheon included brief presentations by Fordham faculty and an interdisciplinary dialogue on university mission and the dignity of all students, discipline-relevant LGBTQ curricula, affirming and safe classroom climate for all students, and classroom conversations about sexual and gender diversity.