Campus Pride strives to center queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) through taking an intersectional approach to our work and encouraging our constituents to do the same. The following resources directly address the needs, experiences, and narratives of queer and trans people of color.
Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations. Examples of these institutions are Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISIs). They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations. LGBTQ students at these institutions deal with unique issues, and therefore need intersectional approaches to them.
A Historically Black College & University (HBCU) alum once said: “the greatest taboo is still alive and well in the black community on our campuses.” This alum was referring to being both black and LGBT at an HBCU. Still today, the process of coming out at an MSI can be a daunting process for LGBTQ youth. MSI college administrators have largely not made any commitment to LGBTQ concerns, including the harassment that impedes student academic success and campus safety. Research suggests that LGBTQ youth of color face higher rates of harassment and discrimination in relation to the intersections of sexual, gender and racial identities. Explore these resources to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced on MSI campuses and strategies to create further LGBTQ progress.