Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Endorsing Organizations: Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, National Black Justice Coalition, Campus Pride, Trans Student Educational Resources, Fayetteville State University
Please consider joining me as an original cosponsor of the Inclusive Campuses Act; legislation to promote inclusion and empowerment of LGBTQ people at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions.
According to the Campus Pride Index, only 21% percent of HBCUs have active LGBTQ-specific organizations. Additionally, only fourteen HBCUs include gender identity/expression protection in their nondiscrimination statements. A lack of support services has led
to the alienation and emotional distress of LGBTQ students while fostering campus environments of fearful silence and passive intolerance.
This legislation takes a critical step forward by authorizing title III funds to establish on campus resource centers that provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students as well as programming and education about LGBTQ students
to the entire campus community.
By building upon the innovative efforts to establish LGBTQ resource centers at institutions such as Spelman College, Bowie State University, Florida International University, and Fayetteville State University, we will promote full diversity, acceptance, and
inclusion of all students who attend HBCUs and other minority serving institutions.
If you have any questions or would like to become an original cosponsor, please contact Brian Duckworth on my staff at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-1605
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