Modeling “out” leadership in higher education can lead to systemic change: Opinion

July 5, 2021
LGBTQ leaders at postsecondary institutions can bring positive systemic changes and progress in inclusion and representation within the academic community, writes Dick Senese. The author explains that postsecondary community members benefit from having leadership that is open about their membership in the LGBTQ community, and that a climate of support as well as supportive policies lead to less discrimination, improved health outcomes, and increased job satisfaction and commitment. Senese calls for postsecondary leadership to acknowledge that “[t]he closet still exists,” that there is power in coming out, that invisible minorities and their allies must take action, and that leadership should inspire those who are not open about their LGBTQ member status with kindness. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)