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Gender Studies Lecture Series: LGBTQ in Texas - Assessing Community Needs

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Eugene McDermott Library (MC), MC 2.404
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

This event is sponsored by The School of Interdisciplinary Studies Gender Studies Program & Galerstein Gender Center, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

The Gender Studies Lecture Series was developed in collaboration with the Gender Studies Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and invites renowned scholars from around the country to share the latest research on gender, sexuality and women.

A research team from the UT Dallas Sociology Program led by Drs. Kara Sutton and Richard Scotch recently conducted a community needs assessment on the LGBTQ community in Texas. The project involved an extensive review of previous research, online surveys of 858 individuals and 78 LGBTQ service providers across Texas, and personal interviews and focus groups in communities around the state. This presentation will describe the key findings from the project as well as a discussion of its implications for improving services to LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Kara Sutton is a lecturer and research associate in the Sociology Program at UT Dallas. After completing her M.S. in Applied Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy at UT Dallas, she has worked as a researcher and consultant on a diverse array of topics including early childhood education, mental health services, and support services for ex-offenders.

Dr. Richard Scotch is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Political Economy, and Sociology Program Head. Dr. Scotch’s academic research interests include social policy reform and social movements in disability, health, education, and human services. He also has worked with numerous local government and community-based agencies in North Texas providing health, mental health, education, and social services on program evaluation and community needs assessment.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Gender Center, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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