Building LGBTQ-inclusive Chemical Engineering Classrooms and Departments
Keywords:Diversity Concerns, Inclusivity, Sexual Orientation, Gender
Despite recent advances in LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) equality in the United States and in many countries around the globe, LGBTQ+ students on college campuses still experience bias, hostility and discrimination. Engineering departments on campus in particular have been slower than other departments to respond to efforts to effect a positive change for LGBTQ+ individuals [1, 2]. Researchers and practitioners began working together in 2015 to advance LGBTQ+ inclusion in engineering classrooms and workplaces. This paper presents research-informed promising practices for creating LGBTQ+-inclusive climate in engineering departments. The specific focus is on strategies that can be adopted by individual faculty members to support LGBTQ+ inclusion for engineering students in academic spaces.