AACRAO LGBTQIA Caucus

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    Steven E. Smith, University Registrar, Adelphi University

    Steven Smith CCAACRAO's LGBTQIA Caucus holds a very special place in my heart. I spent my early years in the closet and at my first Annual Meeting, I walked past the Caucus meeting three times but couldn't gather the courage to walk in. I timidly took that step at my second conference and my life changed forever; attending that Caucus meeting was the first public thing I ever did as a gay person. The people I met that day are now some of the best friends I have, in fact, years later one of them flew half-way across the country to attend my wedding!  

    Joining the Caucus gave me the courage to come out at home and work. It has connected me with some fabulous colleagues whom I contact regularly by phone, email, and social media. It has informed me about many issues that I thought I knew well, but realized I had more to learn. The three-year stint that I served as chair is one of my fondest memories. The LGBTQIA Caucus has been an important part of my life and I encourage those who identify with any of those letters (including the "A" allies!) to be a part of this important group. 

     


    Carrie Cuy, Assistant Registrar, Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

    Carrie Cuy CCDiscovering the LGBTQIA caucus was a highlight for me during AACRAO’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

     


    As a new member, I found the caucus to be a welcoming and friendly group of higher education colleagues. I look forward to participating in future AACRAO and caucus events and fostering a supportive environment for knowledge sharing and professional development in our field.

    Michael N. Robertson, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services, Southern College of Optometry

    Mike Robertson CC
    When a small group of us helped found the LGBTQ Caucus many years ago, one of our main goals was to simply give “folks like us” a place where we could be ourselves  and share common goals, issues and concerns.  Now, we’ve evolved into a strong group whose added goal of educating our constituency about LGBTQ issues on campuses has made differences at colleges around the world.  The caucus has made me proud of AACRAO and has helped make me a better administrator.  For that, I will always be grateful.

    Stephen Arod Shirreffs, Ph.D., Associate Registrar, Stanford University

    Stephen Arod Shirreffs CC
    I'm in the LGBTQIA caucus because I think visibility is a core value as an engaged gay man and as an engaged AACRAO member. I've been involved in the gay movement since the early 70s, the heady days of gay liberation. Now, as our profession as well as our campuses are more diverse than ever, being "out there" says it loud and proud that we all belong and everyone is welcome. As AACRAO advocates for the issues that are critical to our jobs, having the public backing of our caucus is important work, and I want to be part of it.

    Allen Corben, Assistant Registrar/Graduation Services, Fuller Theological Seminary 

    Allen Corben CCI'm in the LGBTQIA caucus because because none of us are free unless all of us are free.

     

     

     

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6 strategies to rethink multicultural recruitment

Apr 26, 2019, 14:19 PM
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In “Being Strategic with Multicultural Recruitment,” a session at AACRAO 2019, Monze Stark-Magana, University of Idaho; Alphonso Garrett, Virginia Tech; and Michael Sanders, Missouri Southern State University, shared ways they’ve helped their schools increase multicultural student enrollment. 
 
Their suggestions included: 

  • Create a diverse recruitment team. Build a team that represents and connects with prospective students.  Place multicultural recruiters in targeted areas. 
  • Establish relationships with community members in the state. Examples from the presenters included the Idaho Latino Foundation; Mexican Consulates (Seattle, Sacramento); Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Idaho Commissions on Hispanic Affairs; Community Council of Idaho; 11 Tribal MOU; Virginia Latinos in Higher Education Network; and other community-based organizations.
  • Establish buy in with community members on campus. Examples from the presenters included the Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Assistant Migrant Program, the Women’s Center, LGBTQA office, Native American Student Center, Trio, Gear Up, Upward bound, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, cultural and community centers, Student Opportunity and Achievement Resources Program, Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, monthly college recruiter meetings, admissions associates, and trained admission essay evaluators.
  • Rethink your campus dialogue. Messaging should be different for different audiences. What works for one doesn’t necessarily for all.
  • Host multicultural events. Examples shared by the presenters included Black College Institute, Hispanic College Insititue, fall visitations, Campus Connection Day, Gateway, Pow Wow, Avanza, UIDAHO Bound, orientation day, and HOIST.
  • Provide financial and student support. Some examples included diversity scholars programs from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the College Assistant Migrant Program, the Women’s Center, the LGBTQA office, and the Native American Student Center as well as Trio, GEAR UP, and Upward Bound.
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