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ERIC Number: EJ992995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
LGBT Applicants and Challenges for Admission: Five Cases
Baum, Benjamin S.
Journal of College Admission, n217 p24-29 Fall 2012
Few professional processes are more personally intrusive than the college application. It demands information about your family, your finances, your interests, and your desires. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) applicants in their teenage years who may not be comfortable with their sexuality, admission officers need be sensitive to a key difference that can make their circumstances especially complex. That difference: in most cases, an LGBT applicant does not have LGBT parents, and his or her parents may or may not know or approve of their child's sexuality. Further, the applicant may not be "out" to anyone yet or perhaps even ready to acknowledge LGBT orientation. This article highlights five cases from my experience coordinating LGBT recruitment at Tufts University (MA). The names and some details are modified to protect the individuals' privacy. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts