Jeffrey Scharoun, a second year graduate student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration program traveled to Chicago, IL over the winterim break to gain a greater understanding of the latest and most cutting-edge practices in LGBTQ support services. With the assistance of funding from the Graduate Student Association and the Robert A. Davis Endowed Scholarship, he attended the national Creating Change Conference 2016, hosted by the National LGBT Task Force. Jeffrey, an active member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, was one of many higher education professionals from all over the country that attended this memorable and enriching conference. With a deep routed passion for social justice issues, Jeffrey is interested in the advancement of underrepresented students in higher education, in particular: students of color, and LGBTQ students.
“Being an LGBTQ change agent runs through my veins; and it is my advocacy through the lens of student affairs, that I do my best work! This conference truly reignited my passion for diversity and inclusion in institutions of higher learning.”
The Creating Change Conference was held at the Hilton Chicago with about 4,000 people in attendance. Topics ranged from creating safe spaces, trans-inclusion, student rights and activism, homelessness, and so much more!
“Everywhere you turned there was something to learn! I am so grateful to have come to know such brilliant colleagues, and I am honored to stand beside them in the fight for social justice in our academic communities.”