Read the latest literature regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and in our nation. This month, we will examine the potential impact on higher education of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Higher Education Reacts to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Legislation (Mariah Bohanon, insightintodiversity.com, May 2022) addresses concerns that Florida’s controversial House Bill HB 1577, which states that school districts in Florida “may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels,” has vague wording, oversteps boundaries and promotes homophobia. Moreover, some Florida colleges and universities are working to support LGBTQ students in the face of legislation that experts say will have widespread negative repercussions.
“It has been proven time and time again that every time a city/state/country passes any anti-LGBTQ measures, the suicide rates increase — this is not a coincidence,” Manny Velásquez-Paredes, director of the University of North Florida (UNF) LGBTQ Center, wrote in a recent email to INSIGHT.
The increased risk of suicide and suicidal ideation for LGBTQ youth in the face of HB 1577 has been one of its critics’ greatest concerns. The Trevor Project and other leading LGBTQ organizations have issued multiple statements condemning the measure as being detrimental to a population already more vulnerable to depression, substance abuse, and suicide.
Want to educate yourself about racism? A curated list of Anti-Racism Resources, compiled, in part, by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, and updated by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, serves as a resource to people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.
The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to co-sponsor UNC-Chapel Hill’s institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), along with the Center for Faculty Excellence, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Postdoctoral Affairs in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The NCFDD provides a wealth of resources, webinars, courses, weekly faculty development tips and more, immediately accessible through its website, at no charge to UNC faculty members.
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