News Related to Higher Education and LGBTQIA+ Stakeholders

This is a collection of reports where issues related to sexual orientation and/or identity relative to administration of colleges and universities have made the news. It is important for administrators, faculty, staff, students and other NMU constituents to be aware of what is happening across the postsecondary education landscape so we are prepared to manage changes in social conditions and/or policy. 

Highlighted Articles Page

Some news has greater potential implications for NMU students and/or the NMU community. The highlighted stories at this link are included in the comprehensive list, but are pulled out on a page to help folks at NMU find the most important and useful news reports with local implications. 

Recent Articles January - June 2024

A comprehensive list:

February 28, 2024

"Dr Sasse is a former president of Nebraska’s 1,500-student Midland University who spent eight years as a Republican member of the US Senate before taking the Florida presidency from a veteran administrator who suggested frustration with the political battles. He arrived at the 60,000-student campus in Gainesville to some sustained protests, driven as much by his own record – notably his opposition to LGBTQ rights – as that of Mr DeSantis, who made persistent efforts as a presidential hopeful to demonise higher education and control its curriculum and speech."

More at Times Higher Education at www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ben-sasse-wins-over-florida-faculty-moderation-and-money

February 26, 2024

"What’s happening in Florida, and in a growing number of states that are restricting DEI efforts, is unsettling to some students of color, women, and sexual and gender-minority students who enrolled at campuses in those states expecting to be affirmed in their identities and to be actively protected from harassment."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/the-end-of-inclusion

February 26, 2024

"But this academic year—which started off with questions about how IU should respond to the Indiana General Assembly’s ban on funding for the Kinsey Institute, the university’s historic sexuality research center—has been different."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/faculty-issues/academic-freedom/2024/02/26/academic-freedom-battles-roil-indiana-university

February 26, 2024

"The release notes that the board and the New College administration axed the diversity, equity and inclusion office and the gender studies program; it also says they 'attacked tenure and imposed new admission standards and athletic programs absent meaningful faculty involvement.'”

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/02/26/aaup-sanctions-new-college-fla-spartanburg-comm-college

February 26, 2024

"Boer became president of Calvin at a time when the school had been under pressure to abide by the rules of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, in particular the church’s teaching about sexuality. In 2022, the denomination ruled that congregations and church members must abide by church teaching on marriage and sex—which state that only heterosexual sex within marriage is allowed."

More at Christianity Today at www.christianitytoday.com/news/2024/february/calvin-president-wiebe-boer-resign-messages-university-boar.html 

February 23, 2024

"The legislation also includes what’s been called a bathroom bill, which would prohibit individuals on college campuses from using a restroom that doesn't correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth; violators could be disciplined or fired."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/02/23/anti-dei-legislation-moves-forward-alabama 

February 22, 2024

"A Texas community college has reinstated an adjunct biology instructor it fired after reportedly receiving complaints of 'religious preaching, discriminatory comments about homosexuals and transgender individuals, anti-abortion rhetoric, and misogynistic banter' in his classroom."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/02/22/college-reinstates-professor-who-allegedly-preached-class

February 21, 2024

"Idaho’s Senate Bill 1357 lists 11 examples of centers and offices at public colleges that it would defund. Among them are several multicultural-affairs, LGBTQIA, women’s, and Black cultural centers, the University of Idaho’s Office of Equity and Diversity, and Idaho State’s Office of Equity and Inclusion."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/colleges-would-have-to-eliminate-dozens-of-jobs-under-a-new-dei-bill-in-idaho

February 20, 2024

"The speaker, Rachel Carbonneau, described working with women undergoing abortions and transgender clients during the class in response to students’ questions. A student recorded Carbonneau’s comments and leaked them to conservative news sites, and news of the class spread across right-wing and Catholic media outlets."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/institutions/religious-colleges/2024/02/20/catholic-university-fires-instructor-over-speakers 

February 15, 2024

"The new law prohibits state schools from having DEI offices and offering initiatives specific to certain races, ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations."

More at The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2024/02/15/hidden-cameras-aim-to-expose-dei-efforts-in-texas-colleges-despite-ban/

February 13, 2024

"Passed during the recent, regular session of the 88th Texas State Legislature, SB 17 ostensibly prohibits the privileging of individuals based on race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation, thereby defunding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in higher education."

More at Texas Observer at www.texasobserver.org/anti-dei-law-implementation-has-been-a-disaster/

 

February 13, 2024

"Critical gender and sexuality studies draws on feminist and queer theory, cultural studies, history, and sociology to understand and critique the ways in which gender and sexuality are constructed, experienced and represented."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/opinion/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/2024/02/13/critical-studies-revolution

February 12, 2024

"Advocates fear that students at the University of Texas at Austin will be alienated by the changes — a consequence of the state’s new ban on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/the-misnomer

February 6, 2024

"Under President Joe Biden, the Education Department has focused on expanding Title IX to protect LGBTQ+ students — a significant departure from the Trump administration’s enforcement of the statute. The Title IX civil rights law bans sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs."

More at Higher Ed Dive at www.highereddive.com/news/title-ix-regulations-advance-white-house/706589/

 

See also:

February 06, 2024
Education Department Moves New Title IX Rule Forward

at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/02/06/education-department-moves-new-title-ix-rule-forward

February 6, 2024

"Florida is merely in the vanguard; many other states have proposed similar restrictions targeting students’ knowledge of history, of sexuality, of racism. It’s in the red states that so many of these restrictions actually have become law. That is ominous. As we know, in our fractured politics, political affiliation now closely tracks levels of educational achievement. To teach ignorance is, as with Arnolphe, an attempt to keep people from listening to another voice, seeking a second teacher other than the totalitarian state."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/teaching-ignorance-in-florida

February 1, 2024

"People on the asexual spectrum remain relatively under researched and invisible."

More at AAC&U's The Academic Minute at https://academicminute.org/2024/02/alexandra-brozowski-michigan-state-university-how-asexuals-navigate-romantic-relationships/ 

or Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/02/01/how-asexual-people-navigate-romantic-relationships-academic-minute

January 29, 2024

"Black Americans were the most frequent victims, with a total of 1,690 hate crime offenses against them reported over the five-year period, followed by L.G.B.T.Q. people with 900 offenses; Jewish Americans were third, with 745 reported offenses."

More at The New York Times at www.nytimes.com/2024/01/29/us/hate-crimes-schools-universities.html

January 26, 2024

"Students of color, LGBT students, and students from other underrepresented groups who say they’ve experienced discrimination have more severe mental-health symptoms than their peers, according to a new report."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/college-counseling-centers-need-to-be-aware-of-mental-health-concerns-due-to-discrimination-report-says

 

See also:

The 2023 Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report and reports from previous years can be found here: https://ccmh.psu.edu/annual-reports

 

Also:

January 29, 2024
Discrimination is a Form of Trauma for Some Students
In its 2024 annual report, Penn State’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health highlights the correlation between discrimination and mental health challenges.

at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/students/physical-mental-health/2024/01/29/discrimination-exacerbates-student-mental-health 

January 24, 2024

"A British employment tribunal ruled Monday that the Open University didn’t properly protect one of its professors from 'harassment' that included accusations that she’s transphobic."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/01/24/british-scholar-accused-transphobia-wins-harassment-case

 

See also: 

January 22, 2024

Open University failed to protect gender-critical scholar – judge
Tribunal rules criminologist Jo Phoenix was forced out of institution, which was ‘fearful’ about being seen to support gender-critical beliefs

at Times Higher Education at www.timeshighereducation.com/news/open-university-failed-protect-gender-critical-professor

And:

January 29, 2024

Jo Phoenix: ‘every single v-c should read this judgment’
Scholar found to have faced ‘hostile environment’ due to gender-critical views warns ruling has implications for all universities, but fears more troubling cases to come

at Times Higher Education at www.timeshighereducation.com/news/jo-phoenix-every-single-v-c-should-read-judgment

 

January 23, 2024

"Johnson was hired on an 8-to-1 vote by the YSU Board of Trustees in November in a process lamented both for its alleged lack of transparency and for the outcome. Critics took issue with the fact that Johnson, a Republican congressman who formally stepped down Sunday, has questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, spoken out against same-sex marriage and supported then president Donald Trump’s 2017 travel ban on individuals from Muslim-majority countries."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2024/01/23/youngstown-state-president-protested-first-day

January 23, 2024

"Study-abroad programmes and transnational curricula are becoming more popular with students. Yet, for those in the LGBTQ+ community, they can pose challenges. Within the landscape of global education lies a complex interplay of legislative changes, cultural norms and personal safety concerns for this demographic that must be navigated with care."

More at Times Higher Education at www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/how-keep-lgbtq-students-safe-when-studying-abroad 

January 20, 2024

"In candid private conversations, some wrote favorably of laws criminalizing homosexuality, mocked the appearance of a female college student as overly masculine and criticized Peter Thiel, the prominent gay conservative donor, over his sex life. In email exchanges with the Claremont organizers, the writer Heather Mac Donald derided working mothers who employed people from 'the low IQ 3rd world' to care for their children and lamented that some Republicans still celebrated the idea of racially diverse political appointments."

More at New York Times at www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/01/20/us/dei-woke-claremont-institute.html 

January 19, 2024

Patel also noted the rise in state legislation targeting transgender students. More than 20 states have passed laws or regulations restricting transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identities.

More at Higher Ed Dive at www.highereddive.com/news/title-ix-delay-march-release-education-department/705090/

January 19, 2024

"The whole bit was a joke — with a purpose. Lil Nas X (né Montero Hill), who is openly queer, would be unlikely to attend a university whose doctrinal statement condemns 'romantic coupling among persons of the same sex' as a sin 'prohibited by God.' Instead, the pseudo-acceptance letter was a marketing ploy, spoofing the university’s devout religious brand to draw attention to the coming release of Nas’s single 'J Christ,' which portrays the artist as a biblical figure who dunks on Satan."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/when-colleges-and-celebrities-cross-paths-the-attention-isnt-always-welcome

January 18, 2024

"The University of Houston closed its LGBTQ+ Resource Center in August. The university’s website now refers students seeking support to other resources, such as the counseling center."

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at www.chronicle.com/article/3-ways-that-anti-dei-efforts-are-changing-how-colleges-operate 

January 18, 2024

Equality Florida, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, released a statement accusing the board of rubber-stamping 'DeSantis’s agenda of censorship and surveillance.' It argued that board rules go beyond state laws against DEI spending and will harm student and faculty recruitment."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/governance/trustees-regents/2024/01/18/dei-spending-banned-sociology-scrapped-florida

 

See also:

Florida education board votes to end diversity efforts at state colleges
The State Board of Education also downgrades sociology, identified as a topic that could “radicalize” students.

January 17, 2024

"In their rules, the State Board and the Board of Governors focus on diversity, equity and inclusion programs, often referred to as 'DEI.' They define them as 'any program, campus activity or policy' that classifies people by race, color, sex, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation and 'promotes differential or preferential treatment' based on those classifications."

at Tampa Bay Times at www.tampabay.com/news/education/2024/01/17/florida-education-board-votes-end-diversity-efforts-state-colleges/ 

January 17, 2024

"Having spent several decades advocating for same-sex marriage — including participating in dozens of campus debates and two point-counterpoint books — I’m convinced of the value of engagement with 'the other side.' At the same time, I’m acutely aware of its costs. All things considered, I believe that the marketplace of ideas should err on the side of a big tent."

More at Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2024/01/17/limits-of-free-speech-debating-gay-marriage/72242814007/ 

January 16, 2024

"The proposal characterized DEI offices as 'divisive' and claimed they enforced critical race theory and related political orthodoxies as official campus policy. This has led, according to the authors, to a chilling of free speech and conservative viewpoints on campus, and has stoked hostility aimed at white cis gendered males".

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education at https://www.chronicle.com/article/amid-national-backlash-colleges-brace-for-fresh-wave-of-anti-dei-legislation

January 12, 2024

"The small Catholic college in Fairfield, Conn., was breaking new ground with the newly created position of manager of LGBTQ+ affairs. Mark Congdon, an assistant professor of communication at Sacred Heart, thought Humphreys might be a perfect fit for the role."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/institutions/religious-colleges/2024/01/12/catholic-college-hires-manager-lgbtq-affairs 

January 10, 2024

"The executive director of the nation’s most prominent LGBTQ+ higher education nonprofit, Campus Pride, has been terminated due to allegations of embezzlement. Now the board members that ousted the director are searching for a way to keep the organization’s programming alive, which may involve merging with another nonprofit."

More at Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/diversity/sex-gender/2024/01/10/campus-pride-terminates-founder-alleged-fraud

 

See also:

Campus Pride board chair on what's next for the group after CEO ousted for mishandling finances

January 11, 2024

at Advocate at www.advocate.com/news/campus-pride-ceo-sacked 
 

January 9, 2024

"Andrew Grulich, head of HIV epidemiology at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, said students featured prominently in a 'remaining epidemic' of HIV concentrated in foreign-born gay and bisexual men. While infections among their Australian counterparts had fallen by about 70 per cent since 2014, he said, the international cohort had seen no such decline."

More at Times Higher Education at www.timeshighereducation.com/news/concern-over-hiv-cases-among-australias-international-students

January 3, 2024

"Saint Mary’s College, a Roman Catholic women’s institution in Indiana, has reversed its decision to allow transgender women to apply for its undergraduate programs."

More at Higher Ed Dive at www.highereddive.com/news/saint-marys-reverses-decision-to-consider-transgender-applicants/703435/

 

See also:

December 21, 2023

Saint Mary’s Reverses Decision to Admit Trans Women

Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2023/12/21/saint-marys-reverses-decision-admit-transgender-women

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