Welcome to the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness, also known as SCLGBTA! The Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness was founded in 1985 as part of ACPA in order to give voice to LGBT professionals and students in the field of Student Affairs. Over time, our committee and community have evolved progressively with the field of Student Affairs. Today the LGBT community has grown into a visible and active part of the Association as we continually advocate for LGBT awareness.
The purpose of our committee is expressed through our foundational commitments: 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, and program development for the LGBT community.
The Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness operates with the following core values:
Education- raising awareness and supporting research about identity development and hot topic issues for the LGBT community within higher education
Advocacy- work to create inclusive, equitable environments, to eliminate oppression and to influence student affairs policy for the LGBT community
Networking- providing space and a support environment for LGBT professionals to affirm and celebrate identity
Going forward, the Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness will continue to be a known presence in ACPA and Student Affairs. We will continue to serve as a strong entity, supporting LGBT professionals. SCLGBTA places at the forefront of our vision a pursuit of social justice awareness and advocacy at our institutions. As Chair, I have a strong commitment to ensure our Association is serving the LGBT student and professional populations and I will remain vigilant in this task. Our future is rich with opportunities to continue forging a path for LGBT development in our field.
Please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, ideas, vision or needs as to how SCLGBTA can best serve you. We look forward to hearing about your thoughts and suggestions! Also, please consider one of our many volunteer opportunities with SCLGBTA. Together we can make an impact.
Thank you for your commitment to our goals and involvement in the Association.
Danielle M. Nied
Chair, Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness