The 11orMore™ Project was started by Dr. Cameron T. Whitley in 2018 as an initiative to promote LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff support and acceptance at schools across the country. Rutgers University-Camden is a participating sponsor of this project. This is an innovative evolving gallery of pictures and statements from the LGBTQIA+ supportive faculty and staff at Rutgers University Camden. The hope is that this project will showcase members from all across the campus community in a beautiful display of campus-wide support.
Why was the 11orMore ™ Project created?
The GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey suggests that most LGBTQ+ students have experienced harassment and discrimination in their high schools prior to coming to college. In fact, about 85% report being verbally harassed and over 50% report hearing homophobic and negative gender expression remarks by high school staff. Although many schools have some form of school-based support (Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs), LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, anti-bullying policies), these negative high school experiences affect LGBTQ+ students' mental health and educational outcomes well into their college years. On the flip side, we know in high schools where LGBTQ+ students can identify at least 11 supportive faculty and staff members, they are more likely to feel safe and have higher GPAs. However, only 39% of LGBTQ+ high school students can identify 11 or more supportive faculty and staff members at their school. Although Rutgers-Camden can not change the environments our students come from, we can work to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students on our campus.
Who is the creative force behind this project?
If you would like to get involved with the 11orMore ™ Project or to hear more about it please contact:
Dr. Cameron T. Whitley
Lecturer - Gender Studies Program
Program Coordinator - Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Rutgers University - Camden
326 Penn Street, Third Floor, Rm 311
p. (856) 225-6146