Diversity in the Presidency: LGBTQ

Higher education leadership is in the news a lot lately, including for pay schedules, for commencement remarks, and for much more. The road to such leadership can be a complex one, inflected both by one's ideals, one's educational background and one's identity characteristics. Women, for example, continue to be underrepresented in presidencies and chancellorships, enough that the leading higher education organization, the American Council on Education, is sponsoring a project to "move the needle." Men and women of color continue to be under-represented as well. Put bluntly, there are ongoing challenges to the diversity of college and university presidents and chancellors. (See this report).

The peculiar combination of "progress" and "backlash" in these regards is evidenced, as well in the leadership of LGBTQ presidents and chancellors.Organized not so long ago, the LGBTQ presidential organization includes several Chicago-ans amongst its numbers, and is bringing a conference to town in June that will think through the many ways that LGBTQ leaders in higher education can -- and must -- be included. Please spread the word.

Details are available here.

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    Shimerprez is the 14th president of Shimer College at 35th and State. She also blogs at the Huffington Post and at a Shimer Blog called Evocations which can be found on line at blog.shimer.edu/provocations/. She is a University of Chicago Ph.D. who works on religion, the social sciences, gender and sexuality. She reads murder mysteries, is fascinated by the world of food, and also loves the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

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