Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jaqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.


Influenced by its founding in religious, white, and male-dominated power structures, higher education today still often pushes marginalized communities out of academic spaces. Across the nation the LGBTQIA+ community is being threatened with anti-gay and anti-trans bills that are being signed into effect in schools. One of the most popular being the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill passed in Florida earlier this year. The work laid out in this thesis proposal aim to combat these efforts and create spaces on university campuses where LGBTQIA+ students can go and be their authentic selves; where their voices are highlighted and celebrated. All higher education professionals should be provided the resources to adequately support their students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. By doing so, they are uplifting the voices of a community of people that the university system, from its inception, has aimed to silence. Queer Composition: A Guide to Knowing and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students, is a collection of guides aimed at helping university stakeholders learn about the LGBTQIA+ community. By attending a training at the start of the academic year, university stakeholders can gain general knowledge on the LGBTQIA+ community and learn how to use Queer Composition when meeting with students of this community. The journey to becoming a Queer Composition partner is one that is long overdue in academic spaces today.