The University I work for is situated somewhere in Oklahoma. For obvious reasons I will not name the University. For the three years I have worked here, I have noticed that this school is color blind. They see, and report black and white just fine, its the colors of the rainbow that they cannot see.
In the 2016, a 62 page Diversity Report was published by the University Community department. The acronym LGBTQIA+ is seen less than 4 times. There are “candid” photos of laughing, smiling black and white faces on the cover and this stat is posted on page 29.
- Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty, for _____ _______ Campus
2.4% African American
2.3% Hispanic or Latino
1.8% American Indian
Notice something missing?
To wholly represent a culturally diversity population, statics should include race, ethnicity, age, ability, language, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. My University refuses to acknowledge that there are non cis-gendered, non straight people employed here. Those that are employed (you know who you are!), for some reason or another choose not to self identify. Why? If not now, when? Visibility is all that stands between us being accepted and us being forgotten and left out.
I am asking all the transsexuals, gays, lesbians, non-binary, queer, gender non-conforming, bisexual,and inter sexed people to come out! PLEASE.
Let them know that we deserve to be counted. BAM!