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who we are

The Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities (CSGI) is one of the Entity Groups within ACPA charged to increase awareness, eliminate oppression, and provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in higher education, for faculty, students, and staff. We strive to further professional competencies related to topics as campus climate, equity, identity development, research & scholarship, and program development for the LGBTQ community.

Core Values

Education- raising awareness and supporting research about identity development and hot topic issues for the LGBTQ community within higher education

Advocacy- work to create inclusive, equitable environments, to eliminate oppression and to influence student affairs policy for the LGBTQ community

Networking- providing space and a support environment for LGBTQ professionals to affirm and celebrate identity

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2020-2021 priorities

Showcase the Transformation & Evolution of the Coalition: Demonstrate the legacy and continued advocacy of the coalition within the scope of ACPA as well as higher education:

  • Curate and create history of CSGI through the years
  • Focus on Scholarship, Advocacy, Praxis & Professional Development

Leverage Scholarship, Mentorship & Professional Affinity: Increase collaboration across coalitions, networks, and commissions that span the intersections of diverse sexualities & gender identities:

  • Develop a network of mentorship
  • Increase programmatic offerings outside of the convention experience
  • Reassess and reduce programmatic offerences within the convention experience to focus on community and coalition building
  • Working with I/O toward ensuring more equitable distribution of resources in supporting strategic imperative work.

Digitize Decolonization & Racial Justice: Increase social media presence by focusing on culture, collaboration and processes within a decolonized, racially just context as well as in content

  • Addressing not only racial justice bu antipblackness in the LGBTQ+ movement
  • Amplify the national conversation on anti-transgender violence disproportionately impacting Black trans womxn and provide resources to support their safety

csgi HISTORY 

The roots of the Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities, CSGI, reach back to 1982, when a ground breaking idea called Opening the Closet Door was held at the 1983 convention.  The “idea” quickly grew into a Task Force in 1984 with Kathy Obear and Amy Reynolds leading the way.  In 1985, Mary McGhee went before the ACPA Executive Council and proposed that the Task Force become a Coalition (formerly “Standing Committee”).  The proposal was accepted, and the Coalition for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Awareness was born.  In 1998, Transgender was added to our name to more accurately reflect our goals and mission. Therefore, the title of the Coalition is formally known as Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Awareness (CLGBTA). In 2017, the Coalition was renamed to the Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities to more inclusively reflect the membership of the Coalition.

Statements of Commitment

  • To educate the general membership of ACPA in order to increase their personal and environmental awareness of the social, psychological, health-related, political, economic, professional, legal, and spiritual realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
  • To work actively to eliminate the overt and covert oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons within ACPA and on college and university campuses.
  • To protect and advocate for the basic human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and colleagues.
  • To provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members, as well as allies by reducing professional isolation.
  • To appreciate the diversity within our membership and to work separately and in coalition with other groups to eliminate sexism, racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression within our own membership, as well as within ACPA and on our college and university campuses.
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News & Updates

Resources

LGBTQ Peer Review Scholarly Journals

Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education Website: http://jqstudies.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/jqstudies/index Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Website: http://cjgl.cdrs.columbia.edu/ Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy...

CSGI Databases of LGBTQ+ Scholars & Scholarship

Introduction The Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities is compiling a database of faculty, graduate students, and student affairs professionals who are engaging in LGBTQ+ research within Higher Education and Student Affairs. These database is a way for...

Transgender Resources

The Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness is committed to increasing awareness and encouraging education on Transgender Issues. This page is a start of that education. Organizations/Internet Resources Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA)...

CSGI Spirituality Resources

Affirmation Affirmation is an organization for Gay and Lesbian Mormons which serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender LDS and their supportive family and friends through social and educational activities. Axios Axios is a resource site for Eastern...

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources for Students

Campus Pride National network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Student Leaders Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity for Gay, Bisexual and Progressive Gentlemen Empty Closets A site that provides coming out resources and a safe place to chat...

CSGI Health and HIV/AIDS Resources

AIDS Healthcare Foundation In support of it's mission, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is committed to: 1.being a leader in the fight to provide comfort, care and support to persons infected with HIV or living with AIDS; 2. providing the finest healthcare services possible...

Ally & SafeZone Program Resources

The list below is a list of LGBT offices with paid individuals. Many also offer a Ally and Safe Place Program.  We would like to thank the Consortium of Higher Education of LGBT Resource Professionals for developing the below list.  While this list is not meant to be...

CSGI General Resources

American Civil Liberties Union The American Civil Liberties Union works to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. American Veterans for Equal Rights The American Civil Liberties Union works to protect and defend the Constitution of the United...

upcoming events

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Meet the Directorate

Katie Stygles
Katie Stygles

Chair

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Bowling Green State University

Olajiwon McCadney
Olajiwon McCadney

Past Chair

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Nazareth College

Jayson Douglas
Jayson Douglas

Equity Vice Chair

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Texas A&M University – Commerse

LaKeisha Williams
LaKeisha Williams

Equity Coordinator

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Guilford College

Anil Lalwani
Anil Lalwani

Equity Coordinator

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Cleveland State University

Ronnie Benion
Ronnie Benion

Administration Vice Chair

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Sarah Lawrence College

Brian D. Hercliff-Proffer
Brian D. Hercliff-Proffer

Admin Director of Marketing

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Michigan State University

Mathew Ferguson
Mathew Ferguson

Admin Coordinator

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Miami University

Grace Wilson
Grace Wilson

Admin Coordinator

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Florida State University

Sean Watson
Sean Watson

Advancement Vice Chair

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Steven Edwards
Steven Edwards

Research Director

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The University of Iowa

Robby Specht
Robby Specht

Advancement Coordinator

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Virginia Tech

Mike Hoffshire
Mike Hoffshire

Advancement Coordinator

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Saint Mary’s College of California

Amanda Mollet
Amanda Mollet

Scholar in Residence

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University of Kansas

Alex Sylvester
Alex Sylvester

Networking Vice Chair

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Southern Oregon University

Kelsey O'Neil
Kelsey O'Neil

Membership Coordinator

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University of Connecticut

Lee Stoval
Lee Stoval

Convention Programs Director

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University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Ben Mendoza
Ben Mendoza

Networking Coordinator

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University of California, San Diego

Alex Monroe
Alex Monroe

Networking Coordinator

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Pratt Institute

Jessica McCrory
Jessica McCrory

Networking Coordinator

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University of West Georgia

Zakiya Brown
Zakiya Brown

Practitioner in Residence

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Lincoln University of Missouri

Past Chairs

Mary McGhee (1985-1987), Jim Croteau (1987-1989), Jamie Washington (1989-1991), Amy Reynolds (1991-1993), Julie B. Elkins (1993-1995), David Barnett (1995-1996), Julie B. Elkins (1996-1997), Jonathan Poullard (1997-1999), Jo Campbell (1999-2001), Gisela P. Vega (2001-2003), Keith Humphrey (2003-2005), John Fox (2005-2007), Claire Williams (2007-2009), Patrick I. Romero-Aldaz (2009-2011), Danielle M. Nied (2011-2015), Bill Huff (2015-2017), Michael Bumbry (2017-2018), Olajiwon McCadney (2018-2020), Katie Stygles (2020-present)

Get Involved

Become a member of the Coalition for Sexuality & Gender Identities! Support student learning in higher education by helping to share knowledge of best practices, policies, and programs for those who want to increase awareness, eliminate oppression, and provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in higher education.

Ready to join?

Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You will begin to receive Entity communications through their respective email listserv and have access to any resources they share!

  1. Login to your ACPA Member Account
  2. Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
  3. Click Groups
  4. Click Active Groups
  5. Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join

Contact [email protected] to learn more or ask questions!

Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

  • Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
  • Review conference programs for the annual convention
  • Submit a sponsored program proposal for the annual convention
  • Host an ACPA2GO Webinar
  • Write a blog post to be featured in our blog section below

csgi Awards

Annually in the fall semester, the Coalition for Sexuality & Gender Identities honors individuals and programs that contribute significantly to the field of higher education working with college students. Recipients are announced in mid-December and awarded at the next ACPA Convention.

Julie B. Elkins Outstanding Service Award: For significant contributions to CSGI through their support of and efforts for LGBT awareness in ACPA.

Public Service Award: For significant contributions to higher education and to their institution (or other institutions around the country) through support of and efforts in LGBT awareness.

Val DuMontier New Professional Award: Recognition of a new professional (1-5 years in the field) who has made significant contributions in the area of LGBT awareness.

Dr. D-L Stewart Research Award: Recognition for completed or ongoing research on LGBT issues, especially research that supports, engages, and lifts up QTBIPOC people and increases their life chances in postsecondary spaces.

Dr. Sheltreese D. McCoy Advocacy Award: For significant student or staff advocacy for QTIPOC communities

CSGI Blog