Monday, September 9, 2019

Snapshot of California Campus LGBTQ+ Centers

California leads the nation with the number of professional staff directing LGBTQ+ resources and services on college campuses: 15% of the 272 campuses in the U.S. and Canada  with LGBTQ+ centers are located in California. According to the Directory of Campus LGBTQ+ Centers37 centers serve 43 institutions in California.

Campuses hiring professional staff to direct LGBTQ+ services is still rare, found at only 8.2% of the 3,313 nonprofit higher education institutions in the U.S. California continues to lead the way, with 6 California Community Colleges since 2016 hiring for the first time professional staff. This accounts for all but two community colleges in the nation providing LGBTQ+ services. The newest LGBTQ+ center to open on a California campus with professional staff is at the University of San Diego.

Snapshot of California Campus LGBTQ+ Centers
September 1, 2019

15% of the 272 campuses nationally with LGBTQ+ centers are located in California.

37 centers serve 43 institutions:
  • The Queer Resource Center serves 7 institutions of the Claremont Colleges (CA).

Campus System
·      6 CCC– 5% of 114 campus system
·      13 CSU– 57% of 23 campus system
·      10 UC– 100% of 10 campus system

Center Type
·      30 (serving 36 campuses) Stand-alone LGBTQ center:A space you can walk into whose sole-purpose is providing LGBTQ services or resources, directed by professional staff or a GA.
·      2 Within Women’s or Gender Equity Office:Office includes staff whose job description specifically focuses on LGBTQ concerns.
·      3 Within Cross-Cultural or Diversity Office:Office includes staff whose job description specifically focuses on LGBTQ concerns.
·      2 Other:Staff position is housed within Student Life, a Wellness Center, or some other office.

Institution Type
·      Community College
·      Bachelor’s Conferring / General
·      Bachelor’s Conferring / Liberal Arts
·      14 Master’s Conferring
·      18 PhD Conferring / Research

Institution Affiliation
·      14 Private
·      29 Public

Institution Enrollment
·      Under 5,000
·      5,000 to 10,000
·      10 10,000 to 20,000
·      10 20,000 to 30,000
·      30,000 to 40,000
·      More than 40,000

Institution Attributes
·      3 Religiously-Affiliated Institution:campus administration answers to a religious institution.
·      0 Historically Black College / University:institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.
·      9 Women’s College: U.S. institutions of higher education that historically only admit female students.
·      3 Resources Directed by a Graduate Assistant:a GA works 20 hours a week as the primary director of LGBT resources and services for the campus.
·      3 Student Government-Affiliated Center:office space and budget part of Student Government.