Tips You Can Implement Today to Make Your Classroom More Welcoming to LGBTQ Students

Inclusive Teaching

In a changing world where what it means to be LGBTQ is shifting, how do we make sure our classrooms are still welcoming and inclusive? Sometimes small shifts can send a powerful message, whether it’s the way you manage introductions on the first day or how you handle a homophobic comment during a classroom discussion. In this interactive session, we will discuss what LGBTQ students are looking for as signs of safety and some easy-to-implement changes that will maximize their experience in your course.

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Examine your syllabus for opportunities to send a strong message of LGBTQ inclusion;
  • Introduce your LGBTQ students to campus policies and resources that will transform their experience; and
  • Plan a strategy for handling crucial conversations about gender identity, pronouns, and other concerns for your LGBTQ students.

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Presenter Bio

Brian Buford, M.Ed. is assistant provost for diversity and director of the university’s LGBT Center. He has led U of L’s work for LGBT inclusion since founding the center in 2007 and most recently, its recognition as one of the 25 most LGBT-friendly in the country. He also teaches courses for the College of Education on multicultural topics where he strives to create an inclusive classroom for every student.

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