NBJC is committed to supporting policy change at the federal level that impacts the lives of LGBT people and helps move Black LGBT people and families closer to achieving full equality. NBJC has launched an initiative to seek policy change within the U.S. Department of Education White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCUs) to promote the development and delivery of culturally competent administrative, faculty, student and staff support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. With an inclusion mandate from the President and the US Department of Education, it could be an opportune time to move one of the largest collective populations of Black people in the country, with more than 300,000 students in the HBCU system, to an inclusive understanding of the LGBT community. There is no institutional mandate to recognize LGBT people, to create a safe space for learning, or foster an uplifting environment for the needs of the LGBT community on HBCU campuses.
NBJC’s advocacy agenda will illuminate the following:
LGBT people should be considered an “underserved population” for purposes of outreach and services at HBCUs;
HBCUs should be required, as a condition of receiving federal funds, to adopt nondiscrimination policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
Discretionary funds should be targeted, where appropriate, to provide services specifically to HBCUs that express special needs for inclusion training and curriculum development on LGBT issues.