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Brick by Brick: An LGBTQ2SIA+ Campus Climate Study at UIC!

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We are excited to introduce you to Brick by Brick: An LGBTQ2SIA+ Campus Climate Study at UIC!

Over the two years, we will be conducting a research study on LGBTQ2SIA+ students’ experiences with, and perceptions of the UIC campus climate. This study will center LGBTQ2SIA+ student voices—your voice—as you tell us what it’s like to be an LGBTQ2SIA+ student at UIC. Through listening to your experiences, needs and concerns, we hope to create policy, services and programs that support LGBTQ2SIA+ student well-being and success in the years to come.

Take the Survey HERE

Phase 1 (Spring 2021-Fall 2021) Heading link

Town Hall Meetings:

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In the town hall meetings, we worked with student leaders in a group setting to voice grievances, or praise for the climate students have experienced at UIC.

One on One Interviews:

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In the first phase our study, we conducted 30- to 60-minute interviews with approximately 35 undergraduate and graduate students via Zoom. The interviews were conducted by students on our research team. We interviewed a diverse cross-section of self-identified LGBTQIA+ students. Students filled out an eligibility survey to determine eligibility to be interviewed.

Phase 2 (Spring 2022-Fall 2022): Heading link

  • Development of survey tool with student insight andstakeholder feedback.

Phase 3 (Spring 2023): Heading link

  • Launch of campus climate study to all UIC LGBTQ2SIA+ undergrad, graduate, and professional students. Starting March 1, 2023, closing May 5, 2023.
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Survey is LIVE!!!

Meet the Research Team: Heading link


Dr. Nic M. Weststrate Heading link

Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor with UIC’s Department of Educational Psychology

Nic Weststrate's Bio

Dr. Billy Huff Heading link

Co-Principal Investigator, and Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center

Billy Huff's Bio

Moisés Villada Heading link

Co-Principal Investigator, and Associate Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center

Moisés Villada's Bio

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Heading link