Diversity and Safety on Campus @ Western: Heterosexism and Cissexism in Higher Education

Nicole L. Asquith, Tania Ferfolja, Brooke Brady, Benjamin Hanckel

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Discrimination, harassment, and violence can mediate staff and students’ experiences of education and work. While there is increasing knowledge about these experiences in primary and secondary education, very little is known about these experiences in higher education. This paper draws from landmark research that examines the interpersonal, educational, and socio-cultural perspectives that prevail about sexuality and gender diversity on an Australian university campus. In this paper we focus on three aspects of the broader research findings: the heterosexism and cissexism experienced by sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) students and staff at the university; their actions and responses to these experiences; and, the impact of these experiences on victims. The research demonstrates that although the university is generally safe, SGD students and staff experience heterosexist and cissexist discrimination, which can have negative ramifications on their workplace and learning experiences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Victimology
Early online date3 Oct 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2018


  • Heterosexism
  • cissexism
  • Discrimination
  • exclusion
  • university


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