Success for LGBTQ Students

Plenty is known about the negative interactions that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning students experience while in college. This research is necessary and valuable to understand the environments in which LGBTQ students exist. However we are moving in another direction examining the experiences where LGBTQ students have encountered support for their identities as students, and as LGBTQ individuals. It is the area of support that remains relatively unexplored. We hope to understand the ways that institutions, administrators, and educators provide encouraging and supportive environments and experiences for LGBTQ students.


The initial phase of data collection began in February 2013 at the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference. In August 2013 we began a longitudinal qualitative study on 16 First Year LGBTQ students. Please keep an eye out for future work and discussion of our findings.