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Many faculty want to support LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+) students in their classrooms, but are often unsure how to show their support. In this session, we discuss common challenges that LGBTQ+ students face that can impact their learning. We will also identify teaching practices that promote a sense of inclusion and belonging and support the learning of all students.

Workshop Facilitators: Chad Mandala (Student Life) and Carolyn Sandoval (Center for Teaching Excellence).

Chad Mandala serves as the Program Coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to joining the Aggie family, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech before tansitioning into his current role in Aggieland. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and serves ACPA – College Student Educators International as the Chair for the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals as well as the Member at Large, Entry Level, on the Governing Board.


Carolyn Sandoval is an instructional consultant in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She also teaches courses in adult learning theories and diversity and globalization in the College of Education and Human Development. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and has spent a number of years leading diversity education initiatives and access and retention efforts that support underrepresented students.

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