January 24, 2014



Next NACADA Webinar Jan. 30

By Michael Lynch

The first NACADA webinar for the spring semester is “LGBTQA Ally Development and Advocacy Empowerment for Academic Advisors” and will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The webinar will be hosted in Room 227 at the K-State Student Union. 

While we have seen significant sociopolitical gains for the North American Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Asexual, or LGBTQA, community in recent years, work toward fair treatment and healthy development of all individuals is ongoing. Involvement of non-LGBTQA-identified individuals is crucial to the advancement of this work. Many higher education professionals wish to support LGBTQA students, but feel they lack the resources to do so.

In this Web event, sponsored by the NACADA Commission for LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy, our panelists will discuss ally development, advocacy, and engagement, and their application to academic advising. They will consider what the advising literature has explored regarding the needs of LGBTQA-identified students, ally development models, potential roles and responsibilities for allies, and more.

The moderator is Craig McGill, academic advisor in the English department at the College of Arts and Sciences, Florida International University.

Panelists are:

Mandy Metzger, assistant director of academic advising services, Carroll University

Christy Carlson, academic advisor, Trent University in Peterborough, Canada

Nathan Vickers, academic advisor, University of Texas, Austin