Hey, you know meIm LGB(TQ+) Professional Judgment and the LGBTQ Student Presented by: Elizabeth Preston, Henry Ford College What is the Purpose of the Professional Judgment? Address Issues not previously anticipated on a case by case basis. Deal with Special Circumstances that differentiate studentnot conditions that exist for a whole class of students. Resolve inconsistent or conflicting information
So what does this have to do with LGBTQ students? Having a better understanding of what some LGBTQ+ students experience may empower Financial Aid Professionals to make consistent, fair and informed decisions.
GLSEN School Climate Survey 10,528 students surveyed Between the ages of 13 and 21. Students were from all 50 states Largest number of those surveyed (49.2%) identified as gay or lesbian. Students Feel Unsafe
27.0% of LGBTQ students were physically harassed (pushed or shoved) because of their sexual orientation. 13.0% were physically assaulted (punched, kicked, injured with a weapon) in the past year because of their sexual orientation. 48.6% experienced electronic harassment within the past year (via text, or postings on Facebook). 59.6% were sexually harassed (unwanted touching or sexual remarks) within the past year.
**Data retrieved from GLSENs 2015 School Climate Survey Students Feel Unsupported Almost ALL (98.1%) heard gay used in a negative way. 93.4% felt distressed because of this language. 85.7% heard negative remarks specifically about Transgender students.
56.2% reported hearing homophobic **Dataremarks retrieved fromfrom GLSENs their 2015 School Climate Survey Students Feel Unwelcome LGBTQ students who experienced higher levels of victimization because of their sexual orientation: Were more than three times likely to have missed school in the past month than those who
experienced lower levels. Had lower grade point averages Were twice as likely to report that they did not plan to pursue any post-secondary education. Were more likely to have been disciplined at school Had lower self-esteem. Higher levels of depression **Data retrieved from GLSENs 2015 School Climate Survey A Large Number Are Homeless
LGBTQ youth have a 120% higher risk of homelessness. 1.6 million to 2.8 million estimated number of homeless youth in the US. Approximately 40% of those considered to be homeless youth are LGBT. 320,000 to 400,000 gay and transgender youth face homelessness each year. 14.4 This is the average age that a lesbian or gay youth in New York become homeless. 13.5 The average age that transgender youth in New York become homeless.
**Data retrieved from the Center for American Progress. Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers. Many Contemplate Suicide According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide prior to the age of 25. Each episode of LGBT victimization such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. **Data retrieved from The Trevor Project: Facts About Suicide. What can we do as Financial Aid Professionals?
Train Staff to avoid Microagressions and Bias Remove Barriers Listen for the Unspoken Connect Students with Support Services Keep the information confidential Be Kind/Sensitive to their needs What is a Microagression?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a microaggression as a comment or action that is subtly and often unintentionally hostile or demeaning to a member of a minority or marginalized group. This includes comments about belongings, appearance and preferences (among others) that appear in a persons daily life.
How do Biases impact our decisions? Judgments based on prior experiences may color our decision making process. Judgments based on incorrect information may result in flawed conclusions. Prejudices often result in negative consequences without allowing for a fair and unbiased review. https://youtu.be/onKVeZaDzWg Equal vs.
Equity Listen for the Unsaid Im couch surfing with my friends until I find a place to stay. My step-dad and I had a fight. He and my mom said I had to leave. My family didnt like the choices I was making. I just decided that it would be better to move out.
Connect Students with Support Services Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department. Gender Studies Department Womens Studies Department LGBTQ Resource Centers Counseling Department Gay/Straight Alliances in place on campus College Food Pantry
Health Services Explore Resources Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals ( http://www.lgbtcampus.org/ ) Campus Pride ( https://www.campuspride.org/ ) GLSEN Safe Space Kit ( https://www.glsen.org/safespace) Affirmations of Ferndale ( http://www.goaffirmations.org/) U of M Spectrum Center (
https://spectrumcenter.umich.edu/taxonom y/term/154/ The Importance of Confidentiality Hate violence related homicides of LGBTQ people increased 86% from 2016 to 2017. (28 to 52) The victims of these hate violence related homicides have been overwhelmingly transgender women and queer, bi, or gay cisgender men. For the last five years there has been a consistent and steady rise in reports of
homicides of transgender women of color. 67% of the victims were under the age of 35. Over half of the homicides occurred in just five**Data states: New York, Texas, Georgia, retrieved from 2017 Report: A Crisis of Hate. Louisiana, and Florida. The importance of kindness and empathy I got kicked out at 18 Beth was the one to make the decision whether I got financial aid
or not and because of that decision I was able to stay in college and keep my job at the time. Because of that a lot of things ended up working out well for me but if it had gone the other way I honestly don't know where I would've ended up. I remember sending in that letter and knowing that the decision relied on whether or not the person reading it was homophobic or not, which is why it really hit me in the feelings when I saw that you had bought the pin and saw your profile photo, even 5 years later it really hit me that you being the person
on the other side of that letter was such an important part of that decision. Liam Vella Former Henry Ford College Student Owner of Support the T A company dedicated to helping transgender identifying people raise money toward their transition goals by creating and selling custom made t-shirts. SupporttheT.com The only one stopping you from making a
difference is YOU! Elizabeth Preston Financial Aid Administrator Henry Ford College [email protected] 313-317-1530
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