CPCC opens discussions with LGBT groups

last modified Apr 08, 2014 02:11 PM

In response to a recent situation involving transgender issues, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has planned a number of best practices discussions with LGBT groups and has scheduled training for security staff.

“Throughout its history, CPCC has worked to be fair as well as respectful and considerate of all students and employees,” said Jeff Lowrance, public information officer. “Through this recent experience, the college has realized other institutions and communities across the country have been challenged by similar issues. That’s why the college wants to talk with LGBT organizations to learn how others have achieved understanding and accommodations while being fair to all.”

College administrators from the student services and human resources departments are setting up meetings with CPCC’s student LGBT group, the Spectrum Club and Charlotte’s Time Out Youth organization. The college also plans to talk with Equality NC, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

On two occasions in April, CPCC will train security staff to ensure they are familiar with college philosophy, policies and procedures. Such training will be made available to other CPCC employees as appropriate. The college also will post the campus locations of all gender-neutral or family restrooms on the CPCC website. Many colleges around the country are now providing such information on their websites to assist students, employees and visitors.

After this first series of best practices discussions, CPCC will identify others in the community who will provide additional insight into LGBT issues to CPCC and other educational institutions who would like to learn.

“Community colleges in general and CPCC specifically have always had an open door, welcoming anyone who wanted an education or job training,” Lowrance said. “CPCC accepts students wherever they might be on the academic spectrum and helps them reach their goals. We want to be sure CPCC remains open, welcoming and fair to all within the college’s policies.”