Campus Pride Events

WEBINAR: New National Research: The Experiences Of LGBT Student Athletes

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Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2012
Title: “New National Research: The Experiences Of LGBT Student Athletes”
Jess McDonald, Media, Communications & Programs Manager, Campus Pride
Guest Presenters:
Susan Rankin, Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University, and Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride
3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST (50-75 minutes)
Only $95 per site (includes web recording)


For far too long, no one has known the score when it comes to LGBT-inclusion and friendliness in collegiate sports programs. However, this is changing rapidly, and Campus Pride is leading the way in researching LGBT athletes’ experiences and providing colleges with resources to create more inclusive athletics departments. Recent research shows LGB student-athletes are more likely to experience harassment and perceive a negative climate than their heterosexual counterparts, which adversely affects their academic success and their athletic identity. The degree to which athletic departments address discrimination and the diversity leadership (or lack thereof) from athletic personnel are directly connected to the experience of LGBT athletes. The presenters will shed further light on the experiences of LGBT athletes, as well as discuss recommendations for creating inclusive athletic communities through policy, practice, and institutional resources. Transgender-specific recommendations will be provided.

Participants will:

  • Review national research on the experiences of LGBT college athletes
  • Understand how the experience of LGBT student-athletes is both similar to yet different from that of non-athletes
  • Learn more about the experiences of transgender student-athletes and how to better serve these individuals
  • Share innovative strategies, tools, and examples of creating inclusive athletic communities

Guest Presenter Biography:

Susan R. Rankin, Ph.D. is a Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Assistant Professor of Education in the College Student Affairs Program at The Pennsylvania State University. Rankin’s current research focuses on the assessment of institutional climate and providing program planners and policy makers with recommended strategies to improve the campus climate for under-served communities. She was the lead researcher on Campus Pride’s recent report on LGBT athletes, which is the most comprehensive report of its kind to date. More info online about Rankin at:

Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Campus Pride’s “Out to Play Project” recently partnered with Compete Magazine to release a list of the 10 “Best of the Best” LGBT-Friendly athletics programs at colleges and universities across the country. This fall, Campus Pride will release the most comprehensive national report on LGBT college athletes to date, sharing the experiences of nearly 500 self-identified LGBT athletes and providing necessary resources for further progress on LGBT issues in college athletics.

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