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The LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House was founded in 2008 by Hunter College faculty with interest in utilizing their research to improve public policy for LGBTQ individuals and communities. Our mission is built upon their vision for creating bridges between researchers and the policy arena.

The Center is rooted in interdisciplinary social science and comprised of an Executive Committee, Hunter Advisory Board, CUNY Research Board, and an active student policy group (AQuIPS) All board members are social science researchers or policy faculty with expertise in LGBTQ issues or in gender and sexuality more broadly.

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Social Science & Public Policy Center is to support social science and policy research on LGBT issues to inform policy decisions; to disseminate findings to inform public opinion and promote LGBT social, health, and political equity; and to provide LGBT policy academic training and practicum opportunities for Hunter students.

We aim to:

  • Address the key current LGBT policy issues in New York City, New York State, the United States, and Internationally
  • Create a public platform for social scientists and policy scholars to contribute to public policy discussions
  • Increase the visibility of LGBT policy-relevant research
  • Foster collaboration and collegiality between CUNY researchers and policy scholars addressing LGBT policy issues across campuses
  • Support social science and policy faculty in their LGBT research and in making their work accessible to a broader audience

LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center holds public symposia on pressing policy issues bringing together policy makers with researchers in the field, book talks with social scientists writing on key LGBTQ social issues, brown bags featuring the work of board members, and policy round tables. Board members serve as experts in policy hearings, consult on the drafting of legislation, produce policy white papers, and teach their students about engaged scholarship.

We also support a student policy group, offer undergraduate classes, and an intensive undergraduate fellowship program. 

Education sociologist Dr. Elizabethe Payne currently serves as Interim Director. Her Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI) is now housed in the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center.

The LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center is located in Hunter’s Casa Lally, 132 East 65th Street, on the third floor. It is two blocks east on 65th Street from Roosevelt House.

For events and activities, follow us on facebook and twitter @LGBTPolicy. 

NOTE: The name of the policy center uses “LGBT,” rather than a more expansive list of identities, in alignment with current policy language at the city, state, federal, and international levels. The research and focus of faculty affiliated with LGBTSS&PPC includes the “Q” and beyond.

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