Exploring LGBTQ Experiences at HBCUs: A Call for Papers

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played a crucial role in the education and empowerment of African American students. These institutions have a rich history of fostering academic excellence and cultivating leadership within the Black community. However, the experiences of LGBTQ individuals within HBCUs remain an underexplored topic. A recent call for papers, titled “Stop Talking Out Da Side of Ya Neck: LGBTQ Experiences at the HBCU,” seeks to shed light on this important aspect of HBCU life. The call for papers underscores the importance of recognizing and understanding the experiences of LGBTQ individuals within HBCUs. By shedding light on these often marginalized stories, researchers and activists can contribute to a more inclusive and supportive educational environment for all HBCU students.

Organized by Professor Naykishia Darby, this call for papers aims to create a platform for discussion and research into LGBTQ experiences within the HBCU community. The title, “Stop Talking Out Da Side of Ya Neck,” reflects the need for authentic, respectful conversations about LGBTQ issues within these institutions. The call for papers encourages scholars, activists, and students to submit proposals that explore various aspects of LGBTQ experiences at HBCUs. Some potential themes include:

  1. Intersectionality: How do LGBTQ identities intersect with other aspects of identity, such as race, class, and gender, within the HBCU context?
  2. Institutional Support: What types of support, resources, and policies are in place (or lacking) to support LGBTQ students and staff at HBCUs?
  3. Campus Culture: How do LGBTQ individuals navigate the unique cultural and social dynamics within HBCU campuses?
  4. Activism and Advocacy: What LGBTQ-focused initiatives and activism efforts have emerged within the HBCU community, and what impact have they had?
  5. Challenges and Triumphs: Stories of resilience and success within the LGBTQ community at HBCUs.

The call for papers titled “Stop Talking Out Da Side of Ya Neck: LGBTQ Experiences at the HBCU” invites scholars and advocates to contribute to a growing body of knowledge about LGBTQ experiences within historically Black colleges and universities. By examining the challenges, triumphs, and unique perspectives of LGBTQ individuals in these institutions, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape for all. Researchers, students, and activists interested in this topic are encouraged to submit their proposals and be a part of this important conversation. If you are interested in sharing your story, please submit a 250-500 words abstract, to ConsultWriteNowLLC@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2024. The following information is requested: 

  • Name
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Classification (Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni)
  • Your personal experience as an LGBTQ Identifying individual on the campus of the HBCU

Link to more information: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2023/08/03/stop-talking-out-da-side-of-ya-neck-lgbtq-experiences-at-the-hbcu 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Naykishia D. Darby M.A./CEO, Consult Write Now, LLC at ConsultWriteNowLLC@gmail.com.

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