Forthcoming curriculum guide incorporating LGBTQ+ issues and views

From Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health, Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Winston Crisp, Vice President of Student Affairs

As we mark Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, we are pleased to share with you an update from the work of our Coordinated Campus Response Team (CCRT), organized to work collectively across the university to increase LGBTQ+ specific services.

Over the past year, the LGBTQ+ Student Center in Student Affairs’ Student Equity and Inclusion Programs, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services in USC Student Health, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Public Safety, and Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX Office at USC have worked with external community partners with expertise working with this population’s needs. Together they have developed structural supports for the LGBTQ+ community, which is especially vulnerable to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The CCRT team is currently preparing a curriculum guide that is intended to help faculty incorporate discussion of the concerns and experiences of this often-marginalized community. The guide will be released this summer, and we encourage any faculty who are interested in receiving this guide to sign up for updates and to receive a copy of the guide when it is published.

We thank you for your partnership and support as we increase the support for our students and remove any barriers to full participation in the academic life of the University.