Get Involved with the RainbowSIG
Colleagues from all areas of international education are encouraged to be involved in the RainbowSIG. GLBTQI professionals and Allies are welcome to contribute to the RainbowSIG. If you would like to become a member, please complete the on-line membership form. Check our list of upcoming events to see what sessions and events will be happening at NAFSA and other international education conferences. Contact a member of the leadership team if you have any questions about the RainbowSIG. Consider writing an article for the SIGnals newsletter.
Connect with Colleagues
The RainbowSIG offers GLBTQI international educators and Allies an opportunity to connect with each other. It provides an opportunity for colleagues to discuss issues of sexual orientation and gender identity within the profession. It also an opportunity for colleagues who are interested in supporting GLBTQI students to share ideas and resources. RainbowSIG members are able to connect in person at the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo and at other events throughout the year. They are also able to reach out for resources and to share information through the RainbowSIG listserv.
Advising and Supporting GLBTQI Students
We have sought to identify strategies and resources to help advisors and administrators counsel international students and education abroad students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Our bibliography has been compiled over a number of years, and it is expanded regularly. Colleagues from around the world have shared copies of flyers and advising resource materials. The lists of organizations and links are intended to facilitate access to additional resources and information. View our individual pages for Advising International Students and Advising Education Abroad Students. Rainbow SIG members are encouraged to support and promote the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students.
Members of the RainbowSIG and other colleagues regularly present GLBTQI-focused sessions and workshops at international education conferences. These sessions are announced on the RainbowSIG website ahead of the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo and other conferences. Participation in these sessions and workshops is a great opportunity for international education professionals at all levels to build their knowledge and competencies in GLBTQI issues.
We welcome your comments and encourage you to inform us of additional resources that might be added to the site.
GLBT Advising Resources for the International Educator
- Welcoming Gay Culture
- Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual International Students in the U.S.
- GLBT Handouts One (Latin America)
- GLBT Handouts Two (Latin America)
- Integrating International and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Programming
- GLBT Issues in an Intercultural Context
- Transgender Students: Surviving at Home and Abroad