Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory
One of the Center’s most significant services is the Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory (Directory) at www.chicagolgbtservices.org. Through engagement with various LGBTQ groups, practitioners, and advocates we collectively identified the clear need for an accessible, economically just, inclusive, and non-partisan centralized database of LGBTQ-dedicated resources. This led Adler’s LGBTQ Center to invest more than a year leading research, design, development, data entry and launch of the Directory in March 2014. The Directory now lists more than 350 LGBTQ-dedicated services.
Faculty and Student LGBTQ Educational and Best Practices Database
Faculty and students each have their own databases on the University’s intranet, Adler Connect. Faculty can access legal and ethical guidelines, clinical cases and teaching guides for use in teaching, scholarship recommendations, and a full library of LGBTQ movies and documentaries. Students can access legal and ethical guidelines, FAQ’s about gender and sexual orientation, LGBTQ history in both Vancouver and Chicago, clinical best practice guidelines, and an anonymous message board to post questions about the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ-Inclusive Campus Environment
The LGBTQ Center actively facilitates an LGBTQ-inclusive campus environment. Adler University has been recognized as the nation’s only independent graduate school achieving 4.5 stars or higher out of 5 stars possible on the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index since 2013. The index serves as a national assessment for higher education campuses to benchmark policies, programs, and practices that are inclusive and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and allies. It is produced through Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities,
Adler University has achieved five-star ratings on the index’s criteria for:
- LGBT support & institutional commitment, including its LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center and advisory committee, and inclusion of sexual orientation in community, multicultural, and diversity discussions, programs, policies, and practices.
- LGBT student life, including regular continuing education and programs on a range of topics related to gender and sexual minorities, and initiatives through the student-led Gender and Sexual Equality Coalition and S.W.A.G. (Sexual Wellness and Advocacy Group).
Also recognized are the University’s student mentoring; inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression issues in new student orientations; faculty competence; and policies and benefits for LGBTQ employees.
The full report is accessible here: http://www.campusprideindex.org/default.aspx.