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In/visibility on campus? Gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions


Ferfolja, T and Asquith, N and Hanckel, B and Brady, B, In/visibility on campus? Gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions, Higher Education ISSN 0018-1560 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10734-020-00526-1


This paper draws on the largest and most comprehensive Australian research to date that explores the campus climate for sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) people at one university. Using a mixed-method approach that incorporated an online survey open to all students and staff (n = 2395), face-to-face in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (n = 16) and an online document analysis, the study explored participantsí perceptions and attitudes to sexuality and gender diversity on campus, experiences of in/exclusion, (un)safe places, visibility in public online documents, and the campus-based services available to support SGD individuals. The findings point to the ongoing exclusion experienced by SGD people across the university. We show how exclusion serves to silence individuals across multiple levels and how this, in turn, limits the visibility of, and redress for, exclusion, impacting on health and well-being. This tension, we posit, can only be addressed safely and holistically through proactive and strategic endeavours on the part of the institution; without which, exclusion will continue to prevail.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexuality, gender, heterosexism, fear of crime, university, discrimination, LGBT+, Australia
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Asquith, N (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:140840
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2020-09-11
Last Modified:2020-10-19

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