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As Founding Member, Dr. Crossman Discusses Growth of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Ed Organization 05.30.17
As Founding Member, Dr. Crossman Discusses Growth of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Ed Organization
05.30.17

Adler University’s president says a greater societal acceptance and recognition of the LGBTQ community has spurred rapid growth for an organization that he helped found back in 2010.

President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., reflected in a May 30 news article about facilitating the creation of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education — an organization that has swelled from about a dozen campus leaders from throughout the U.S., to more than 80.

While interviewing with a reporter from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, he characterized his participation as “empowering” for he and other LGBTQ individuals who have been able to “come out” while pursuing administrative positions — something that he says historically might have cost them the job.

“It’s important to us that the organization is clear who we are as people and as leaders, and for many organizations, it’s been a point of pride that they hired from a diversity category that’s not been well represented in the presidencies of higher education,” he says, in the article. “So that’s a big celebration coming in as a gay or lesbian or trans person within the presidency.”

Read the Diverse Issues in Higher Education article, LGBTQ College Presidents: Work Not Over for Those Who are ‘Out’

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.