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Lecture: LGBTQ Centers at Colleges & Universities

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "LGBTQ Centers at Colleges and Universities" and will be presented by Brian Edwards, the new director of the Rainbow Center.

LGBTQ centers at institutions of higher education in the U.S. were born out of protests following the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 (Self & Hudson, 2015). Mirroring the radical shift of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement from one of assimilation to one of liberation (D’Emilio, 1998), LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities demanded space, support, protection, and validation from their institutions (Beemyn, 2002; University of Michigan, n.d.; Sanlo, et al., 2002). In this Out to Lunch Series session, Brian Edwards -- the new director of the Rainbow Center at UConn -- will present a brief history of the LGBTQ movement and discuss how it connects to higher education, cover the establishment of the first LGBTQ center at a college campus in the U.S., and shed insight on current campus climate trends. A brief history of the Rainbow Center at UConn will also be discussed.

Brian Edwards (pronouns: he/him/his or they/them/theirs) is the new Director of the Rainbow Center. Brian has over 13 years of experience in higher education and has held various positions in both student and academic affairs. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center at Montclair State University, in addition to teaching LGBTQ Studies courses in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department. At Montclair, Brian was responsible for the advocacy and direction of University-wide services and programs for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.

Brian holds a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and an http://M.S.Ed. from Baruch College, CUNY. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education administration at New England College. His current research explores the experiences of college students and campus administrators engaged in LGBTQ social justice education activism. Please join us in welcoming Brian to the UConn community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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