Statement of LGBTQ Inclusion
The Iowa City Community School District is committed to creating a safe and inclusive school environment for all students free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
School climate is an important predictor of student success for all students, however, schools can be especially unwelcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Research shows that LGBTQ+ students, nationally, and in Iowa, experience discrimination, harassment, and violence more frequently than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Data from the District’s 2017 School Climate Report reveals that students who identify as LGBTQ+ are significantly less likely to report that they feel they belong in school, that school staff is supportive of them, and that they feel that their contributions are valued in the classroom.
The District is devoted to addressing the needs and inequities that LGBTQ+ youth face in our schools. This commitment to inclusion of our LGBTQ+ students builds on existing Iowa law and current District policies. Incorporating an inclusive atmosphere free from discrimination is identified in Title IX, the Iowa Code, the District’s non-discrimination policy, and the District’s mission statement. It is our shared responsibility to ensure every member of our school community is valued and respected regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. We are actively working to create more inclusive policies and practices that support and affirm the identities of LGBTQ+ students. We believe that learning about the diversity of humankind is an essential part of education in a democratic society. We encourage our students, staff, and members of the community to celebrate the inclusiveness and diversity that contributes to growth, success, safety, and quality of life for everyone at the Iowa City Community School District.
LGBTQ Youth Support
Want to better support LGBTQ students in your classroom? Based on our brand-new Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students, this webinar models how to create an inclusive classroom culture and build an intersectional curriculum that incorporates queer history and perspectives.
"One of my favorite students came out." "One of my second-graders has changed his name and his pronouns." "My colleague is a lesbian. How can I support her?" "How can I make the school environment inclusive for the entire community?" Join Learning for Justice as we address these concerns with the support of Johanna Eager, director of Welcoming Schools. During this informative, interactive and insightful conversation, she'll share her expertise in bias-based bullying in schools, with emphasis on intersectionality, gender and LGBT inclusivity.
- LGBTQ Youth & Schools Resource Library | ACLU
- Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents | HealthyChildren.org
- Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth | Advocates for Youth
- Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth:A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel | American Psychological Association
- LGBTQ+ Youth Resources | Human Rights Campaign