In addition to the Safe Space Training Program, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a number of customized training opportunities for faculty and departments at Kenyon. Potential training sessions and workshops include some of the following topics: incorporating queer topics into your curriculum, learning how to best support your transgender students and more.

If you’re a faculty or staff member in need of fundamental resources to better support our campus’ LGBTQ+ community, please refer to the LGBTQ+ Terminology and Tips page. You can also reach out to Timothy Bussey, associate director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion via email or phone.

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Allyship in the Classroom

As individuals, we make-up multiplicities of identities that encompass who we are and how we see and understand the world around us. Race, ethnicity, religion, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, etc. are just some intersectionalities that comprise as holistic parts of integral aspect to the development of students in academic, social, personal and emotional settings.

As faculty, it is essential to be aware of one’s own implicit and explicit biases that come from embedded cultural assumptions and values as well as how those behaviors may be manifested personally and in an institutionalized nature. Below, you can learn about several tips that can help your classroom be more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.

• Avoid Roll Calls. Avoid calling out names or going through a roster call for the first day of class. Although all class rosters now have chosen names and pronouns on them, allowing students to introduce themselves and creating an optional opportunity to include their pronouns is the most inclusive way to begin your semester. You can also create a “get-to-know” activity or card to learn information about students.

• Be Aware of Your Language. Inclusive language is so important in ensuring that safe and inclusive spaces are developed inside and outside of the classroom setting. When students advise you of their names and pronouns, respect their identity by using them. Avoiding assumptions and use gender neutral pronouns such as they/them/theirs to address students whose pronouns you are unsure of.

• Model Inclusive Behavior. As the instructor, you will set the tone for your class. Modeling inclusive behavior, such as offering your pronouns at the start of class and being open to critique/correction when a mistake is made, will help to encourage your students to actively contribute to the class. Remember that your students will look to you to set an inclusive tone for the semester. 

• Increase Visibility. Avoid heteronormative and cisnormative practices of gendering individuals, groups or actions. For example: instead of asking if individuals have a girlfriend of boyfriend, try asking if they have a significant other. Include culturally relevant and, most importantly, culturally responsive pedagogy. You may also wish to bring LGBTQ+ content into your course curriculum or in-class discussions.

• Promote Understanding. To support LGBTQ+ students, you should also first learn about the community. Take advantage of Kenyon Pride: Safe Space Ally Training Program, on-campus workshops, online webinars, and other opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ individuals and diverse communities.

• Brainstorm Solutions. Aid in brainstorming solutions with students about academic, social, personal and career success, rather than only offering immediate solutions. The ODEI has an extensive list of resources on our webpage to help you support your LGBTQ+ students with a variety of their needs.

• Facilitate and Support. Sanford’s Psychosocial Development Model notes to "Challenge and Support." The world is a challenging environment for LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly for students that also have additional multiple marginalized identities. Instead of overprotecting them, we can show them the tools to cope with the world around them, find the support structures and develop greater foundations within themselves.

• Advocate. Challenge heteronormative, cisnormative, homophobic and transphobic practices that you notice within the academy and the classroom. Even when diversity is not seemingly present in the room, act as an ambassador to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not forgotten.

• Equitable Treatment. Being treated equally is not enough to create safe, inclusive spaces. Equity is essential in making LGBTQ+ students feel like their campuses and their faculty interactions are meaningful, transformational, and high-quality connections. Equity allows for the needs of the individual to be met by taking into consideration that everyone, even within a similar population, is unique.

• Ask Questions. The ODEI is a great resource to learn about resources that can support student success in and out of the classroom settings, and we encourage questions about best practices for supporting an inclusive campus community. When a question arises, please feel free to ask how we can support you in fostering inclusion and equity across campus.

• Know Your Resources. Kenyon College has a great source of information for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff. Please explore the resources on this webpage and throughout the ODEI website, so that you can have these tools readily available.

• Get Involved on Campus. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -- in collaboration with several LGBTQ+ organizations like Unity House, QDubs, QMS, Gender Group, oSTEM, and others -- plans various events throughout the year. Please be sure to check our event page and the campus-wide listservs for more information.

Adapted from Moorhead, C. (2005). “Advising lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in higher education. Retrieved from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources website.

Departmental Training

The ODEI is able to provide a number of unique training opportunities for departments with various levels of knowledge about support and inclusion for LGBTQ+ students. In addition to hosting open workshops for the campus community, interested faculty and staff may also request trainings on any number of various topics related to LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion.

If your department is interested in scheduling a training or simply discussing possible options to fit your individualized needs, please reach out to Timothy Bussey, associate director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, at bussey1@kenyon.edu.

Sample Syllabi Statements

The ODEI recognizes the importance of having a clear statement of expectations for all students in the classroom. Below, we have provided suggested statements that can be added to your existing syllabi.

These statements help to set a shared expectation of civility and respect for transgender and gender diverse students, while also contributing to a positive classroom culture. You’ll also find that we have a full, condensed, and simple statement, and we hope that you’ll consider using the version that best meets your needs.

Statement on Names and Pronouns:

As noted by the Office for Civil Rights, “Kenyon College embraces human diversity and is committed to diversity, equal employment opportunity and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law."

One way that we show our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity is by using the name and pronouns that each of us go by. Many people might use a name that is different from their current legal name. In all areas of campus, we refer to people by the names, in addition to the pronouns, that they use for themselves. In the classroom, students are invited to share their names and the pronouns that they use, and it should be expected that members of our campus community use the names and pronouns that were shared. Students are also encouraged to use gender-neutral language, if they aren’t sure of someone’s pronouns.

For more information on Kenyon’s commitment to diversity and non-discrimination, please refer to the Office for Civil Rights and/or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Statement Names and Pronouns:

As noted by the Office for Civil Rights, Kenyon College is committed to diversity, inclusion, equity and non-discrimination. Many people might use a name that is different from their current legal name. In all areas of campus, we refer to people by the names, in addition to the pronouns, that they use for themselves. Students are invited to share their names and the pronouns that they use. Students are also encouraged to use gender-neutral language, if they aren’t sure of someone’s pronouns.

For more information on Kenyon’s commitment to diversity and non-discrimination, please refer to the Office for Civil Rights and/or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Statement Names and Pronouns:

In this class, we will respect people’s self-disclosed names and pronouns. Students are encouraged to use gender-neutral language, if they aren’t sure of someone’s pronouns.

For more information on Kenyon’s commitment to diversity and non-discrimination, please refer to the Office for Civil Rights and/or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Your Pronouns and Kenyon Email Signature

In an effort to create more inclusive campus climate for our transgender and non-binary students, colleagues, and community partners, faculty and staff are encouraged to add their pronouns to their official Kenyon email signature.

Recently, the Office of Communications has provided updated guidance about the formatting for official email signatures, and this updated guidance includes information about adding your pronouns. To review the latest step-by-step instructions, view the “Visual Identity System” webpage from the Office of Communications.

Additionally, faculty and staff are also encouraged to add their pronouns to their business cards and letterhead, if applicable, and that information is also available in the link above.

LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group

In late spring 2020, the ODEI launched a new LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, which is a space for LGBTQ+ employees of Kenyon College to find social and professional support. This new group is open to any LGBTQ+ or questioning faculty or staff member, who is employed in a full, part-time, or temporary role with Kenyon College. (Please note that student employees are not eligible to join the group; however, they are invited to explore the numerous LGBTQ+ student groups on campus.)

During the fall 2020 semester, the information from this group’s inaugural meeting has been compiled, and to accommodate for everyone’s COVID-related adjustments to the work environment, we will meet again in spring 2021. At that meeting, the group will formally decide on an organizational structure, given the strong level of interest during our inaugural meeting.

More information about the forthcoming meeting will be shared shortly, and we anticipate convening the group towards the end of the spring 2021 semester.

External Links

Timothy Bussey

Associate Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Contact
Phone Number
740-427-5745
Email Address
bussey1@kenyon.edu
Location
012 Gund Commons