|Abstract or Summary
- The purpose of this phenomenological research is to deepen understanding
of the interrelationship between being lesbian and community college leadership
experiences, values, priorities, practices, and identity negotiation. The following
outlines thematic research findings.
1. Lesbian community college administrators' have experiences in:
-- Anti-lesbian work environments that exposed them to homophobic
jokes and statements and excluded them from formal and informal
college structures. These environments left the women feeling depleted
of energy and commitment and fearful of retaliation and job loss.
-- Lesbian supported work environments had openly gay and lesbian
faculty, staff, and administrators in the college community; integrated
sexual orientation in non-discrimination clauses; supported gay and lesbian relationships as a valued part of the institutional diversity; and
included gay and lesbian issues as part of the curriculum. These
environments led to liberation and full participation in the community
2. Leadership values, priorities, and practices linked directly to lesbianism
-- Mentorship of others, particularly other lesbians.
-- Commitment to multiculturalism, equity, and fairness.
-- Education of others about lesbian issues and lifestyles.
3. Lesbian identity negotiations in the workplace involved:
-- Relentless decisions about when, where, and how to disclose sexual
orientation to others. Factors considered by the women included
reception by others, the level of trust with a colleague or supervisor, the
degree to which the women perceive they could be hurt by the other,
and a desire to be authentic and to have integrity.
-- Relationship building to increase personal and professional acceptance
in the workplace and mitigate stereotyping and negative reactions to
An informal network was used to fmd research participants who were
current lesbian community college administrators in Washington State.
Participants included two Women of Color and three European Americans, one of
whom belongs to a religiously oppressed group. Semi-structured interviews were
conducted on two separate occasions with each participant.
The findings suggest that lesbian community college administrators
possess many of the necessary values, priorities, and practices identified for a new
generation of community college leaders specifically because they are lesbians and
belong to an oppressed group in American society.
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