With marriage equality sweeping the nation, LGBTQ students are entering college life in a world that is more open and welcoming than in generations past. However, we know there is more work to be done.
How can enrollment officers make their campuses even more welcoming? What questions can you expect students to be asking admissions representatives? When students are supported from day one, we set the foundation for a smooth transition to college life. Providing an open and welcoming environment will empower students to ask for the support they need from enrollment through to graduation day.
Chris D'OrsoChris D’Orso is the assistant director of enrollment communications for Stony Brook University, coordinating social media outreach for one of the top-ranked public research universities in the northeast. Chris is a State University of New York lifer; he has a BA from SUNY Geneseo in communications, and worked as the acting director of student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and as an admissions counselor/orientation director at SUNY Old Westbury before joining Stony Brook University as an assistant director of admissions in 2005. He’s a husband and father, a Mets fan and baseball card collector, and the halftime voice of the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band during football games. Chris also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!” in 2009. He earned his MS in college student development at Long Island University.
Coordinator of LGBTQ Services, Stony Brook University in New York.