The Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit was developed as a program of Texas Tech University, and brings together college students, faculty, staff, and community members who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education and beyond. Throughout this annual two and a half day gathering, participants have opportunities to network with other leaders and community organizers, engage with social justice advocates through educational programming, and learn from trailblazing professionals for LGBTQIA equality on the national stage.

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  • Peer Coaching 

    Valient, Arthur; Byrne, Patrick (2019-03)
    In this session, attendees will discuss what Peer Coaching is, and the ways it can be helpful to students. We want to educate students, faculty, and staff about the positive benefits that can result from a Peer Coaching ...
  • Affirming all Identities: LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Classroom 

    Swaringen, Katarina; Pittman, Jessica (2019-03)
    Students thrive in academic environments that explicitly confront LGBTQ+ discrimination and change the heteronormative and cisnormative discourses (Linley et al., 2016). While instructors might have the best intentions for ...
  • Transforming Difficult Conversations into Learning Conversations 

    Braddock, Ben; Hudspeth, AJ (2019-03)
    It’s an image that is by no means uncommon: “the social justice conversation gone wrong,” the sort of political and/or religious argument that escalates and ultimately fails to broaden either party’s perspective. In this ...
  • Title IX and the LGBTQIA Community 

    Simon, Kimberly (2019-03)
    While Title IX is in flux nationwide, campuses can (and should!) proactively incorporate inclusive Title IX policies, procedures, and remedies on campus. This session will provide attendees with a brief overview of how the ...
  • Creating Transgender Education and Advocacy in Your Community 

    Manzo, Kerry; Benavides, Maureena (2019-03)
    In this session, Out In West Texas conveners will provide attendees with instruction on how to create transgender affirming practices for individuals from various professional backgrounds- including educational, journalistic, ...
  • The Effects of Heteronormative Socialization on Beliefs, Perceptions, Attitudes, and Behaviors Towards Non-Heterosexuals 

    Lawson, Caleb (2019-03)
    In this session, participants will examine the effects of heteronormative socialization and the formation of beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes on homosexuality and behaviors toward non-heterosexual people. The presentation ...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Unlearning Gendered Language 

    Jordan, Marlena (2019-03)
    This presentation will focus on the gendered language that we typically use in our everyday vernacular. Through the examination of common words and phrases and even occupations, attendees will be given alternatives to ...
  • Starting an LGBTQIA Organization on a Conservative Campus 

    Alonso, Christian (2019-03)
    Starting an LGBTQ Organization from the ground up is already a challenge, but doing so on a Conservative Campus means that one will be met with a host of additional obstacles. In this presentation, attendees will discuss ...
  • Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a (Dental) Dam 

    Phan, Jennifer (2019-03)
    In this presentation, participants will be presented with data on the prevalence of STIs in sexual minority women; the risk of transmission for certain STIs; and discuss safe sex practices for women who have sex with women. ...
  • Diversity Recruiting Practices for LGBTQ+ Employees 

    Noble, Nicole; Winkelman, Logan; Penner, Ashley (2019-03)
    With global LGBT buying power estimated at $3.7 trillion according to LGBT Capital, it’s no wonder companies are seeking out opportunities to market to and support the LGBTQ+ community. One major way companies can demonstrate ...
  • Law and Policy Impacts on LGBTQIA Health and Well-Being 

    Riggle, Ellen (2019-03)
    There are thousands of laws and policies (public, private, and institutional) impacting LGBTQIA people and their relationships. For example, laws recognizing relationships and nondiscrimination policies, and the discourse ...
  • At the Corner of LGBTQIA People & Religion 

    Loving, Susan (2019-03)
    This session will focus on the often-fraught relationship between the LGBTQIA community and Christian institutions. They will examine U.S. churches that have defined inclusivity, as well as the specific scriptures that ...
  • On Trans Dignity, Deadnaming, and Misgendering: What Queer Theory Rhetorics might Teach Us about Sensitivity, Pedagogy, and Rhetoricity 

    Faris, Michael J. (2019-03)
    This presentation argues that queer theory is often used rhetorically as a “will to truth” that privileges theoretical knowledge over lived experiences and frames queer and trans youth as overly sensitive, recalcitrant in ...
  • Bondage, Impact, Power... and Word Play?: Language Use in Online BDSM Communities 

    Crane, Phoenix (2019-03)
    Participants in this session will learn about the role of language in online BDSM communities, and how it can shape self-perception and identity. To many BDSM and kink practitioners, their role as “Dominant” or “Submissive” ...
  • Good Health is Sexy: An Inclusive Conversation on Sexual Wellness 

    Sanchez-Freeman, Elena (2019-03)
    How is gender expression different from gender identity? What is consent? Have you heard of internal condoms? Chlamydia…hard to spell, but easy to catch? Sexual health is much more than the act of sex. In this presentation, ...
  • 2019 Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit Conference Program 

    Finlayson, Benjamin; Marr, Reece; Randall, Jody; Solis-Wheeler, Mychael (Texas Tech University Office of LGBTQIA, 2019)
    Program of educational and social sessions for the 2019 Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit held in Lubbock, Texas, March 22-24, 2019.
  • Navigating Legal Protections Based on LGBTQIA Identities 

    Cohn, Kali (2019-03)
    This workshop will provide participants with a framework for understanding the protections currently in place for LGBTQ people under federal, state, and local law, and other policy. The presentation will overview the role ...
  • Building Relationships between Rural LGBTQIA High School Students and College Students 

    Baxter, Irissa (2019-03)
    In this session, attendees will learn about the obstacles facing rural LGBTQ students, and how they can be tackled. Created by high school GSA advisor Kristy Self and college LGBTQIA advisor Irissa Baxter, the Oklahoma ...