Impact of On-Campus LGBT Resources and Campus Climate on College Students: A Two Campus Comparison

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Charlyn Pelter

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Dr. Debra Swanson

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Campus climate regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals can have a profound effect on the academic success and social wellbeing of these students, staff, and faculty. This study was a qualitative, mixed methods design comparing a large public university and a small liberal arts college. It examined the connection between the presence of LGBT resources and the campus climate toward LGBT persons. I predict a campus with an open, accepting policy and available resources for LGBT students, such as those at the larger university, will have a climate that makes students feel safe, protected, and open. This study found policy does have an effect on the climate. Additionally, faculty may be more aware than students of policy issues and the effects they have on the campus environment. Regardless of policy and resources, members of both campuses hope the campus climate continues to improve for all students.

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