Date

12-2016

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Dan Eller

Abstract

This project is focused on the use of online video in creating awareness for LGBTQ+ inclusivity. In particular, it focuses on California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, hereafter referred to simply as "Cal Poly," and the campus climate's effect on the LGBTQ+ student community. It aims to give a brief recap of Cal Poly's history in relation to its queer population, highlight the experiences of present-day students, assess what progress has been made, and provide a snapshot of the campus climate in 2016 to be used as a drawing point for future senior projects and evaluation of inclusivity progress. At a time when our country and world are becoming increasingly aware of social justice issues, it helps to add a local or university-specific perspective. In order to best capture and share this perspective, best practices and tools are needed. For a little over a decade, online video has been used as a popular way to spread information, thus it is the medium chosen for this project. The short documentary produced seeks to assess where Cal Poly has made improvement and where there is still work to be done in terms of inclusion of our LGBTQ+ community on campus.

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