2nd Annual LGBT Research Symposium: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities of LGBT Research in the Social Sciences

Dates and location:

  • May 21, 4-7 pm: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work
  • May 22, 8:30 am-7 pm: I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL

Keynote Speaker: Russell Toomey, PhD, Kent State University

Dr. Toomey is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University. His research examines why marginalized youth in the United States (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth; Latino youth) experience disparate rates of poor health (mental and physical), developmental and academic outcomes, and attempts to identify the processes that promote well-being and reduce risk for these populations.

This year’s program builds upon the success of our 1st LGBT Research Symposium that provided researchers with an opportunity to present their own challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned while conducting social science research with LGBT populations.

Based on feedback from symposium attendees, there will be research work groups and an evening program on May 21, 2014 with a full day of presentations on May 22. The evening research work groups will be organized by topical interest and provide participants the opportunity to discuss methodological issues of importance in LGBT research. The symposium is scheduled to align with the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) taking place at UIUC in order to attract more participants who may be interested in attending both conferences.

The final program will be posted in early April, 2014 on our website: www.lgbtresearch.weebly.com.

Registration: Registration costs $25 and includes full participation in the symposium as well as refreshments and lunch on May 22nd. The deadline to register is May 11, 2014.

Travel: The symposium will take place at the I-Hotel and Conference Center (1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820). We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the discounted rate of $129 until April 22, 2014 or when the rooms are full. Use the code “LGBT Research Symposium” for your discounted rate. Reservations at the I-Hotel can be made online or by calling (217) 819-5000. Other options include Hawthorne Suites and Hilton Garden Inn.

University of Illinois School of Social Work, Department of Human and Community Development, Children and Family Research Center, and The UP Center of Champaign County

Planning Committee:
Faculty: Ramona Oswald, PhD, Department of Human and Community Development; Joseph Robinson-Cimpian, PhD, Educational Psychology; Graduate Students: Elizabeth Holman, MS, LSW, Department of Human and Community Development; Megan Paceley, LSW, Doctoral Candidate, School of Social Work; Jeremy Robinett, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Recreation, Sports, and Tourism; Shawn Mendez, Department of Human and Community Development

Contact: lgbtresearch.uiuc@gmail.com