We are actively seeking researchers from more colleges and universities to join us in this collaborative, international project. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the PI, Jeff Lockhart.
What is the Que(e)ry?
The Queery is a collaboration between researchers and research teams at colleges and universities across North America to study LGBTQ students' experiences with and knowledge about hostility and inclusion. The study is administered as an anonymous online survey that contains both quantitative and open-ended questions. The Queery uses metrics and methods drawn from the cutting edge of sociology and community psychology research on campus climate and LGBTQ populations. Researcher(s) at each site retain their independence and autonomously administer their version of the survey. They agree to share their data with a central database in exchange for access to the survey instrument and the data from all other Queery sites.
How is the Queery different from the 2010 and 2012 Campus Pride studies, or other campus climate research?
- The Queery aims to leave researchers at many institutions with information about the challenges LGBTQ students face at their specific school and possible solutions to those challenges.
- Qualitative, open-ended questions provide richly nuanced data unavailable in previous studies of this size, or in national reports and data sets.
- While studies with both broader and more targeted populations are important for understanding campus climate, the Queery focuses specifically on issues facing graduate and undergraduate students. This allows analysis of a critical demographic and can support the development of institution-wide resources and programs.
- The Queery offers a unique perspective on campus climate: questions about students' perceptions of hostility, discrimination, and violence are tightly coupled with questions about the effects of these perceptions.
By the Numbers
- 7 sites (universities) have completed data collection
- 1,600+ completed surveys in the central database
- 5 sites gathering data
- 8 additional sites expressing interest
- 143 core survey questions, of which 49 are qualitative
- 2 countries (US and Canada) with Queery sites
- 40+ researchers, including 20+ faculty, involved
- 4 years of project and resource development since the Queery began
- 5+ grants received by Queery teams
- 1 conference session dedicated to Queery findings
- The Queery has had a huge impact at the pilot site, raising awareness about issues facing LGBTQ students and starting serious discussions at many levels about how to better support them.
- We are building an unprecedented international data set which already offers some of the largest and richest data ever available on issues of campus climate for LGBTQ college students. But access to the data is restricted to contributing researchers.
- The Queery can make a great supervised student project: example IRB materials, survey instrument, recruiting methods, and reporting are available from the pilot study.
- With study design and piloting already done, you can focus on data collection, analysis, and publication.
Where is the Que(e)ry?
The Queery is at 11 sites and counting across the United States and Canada. Queery sites range across R-1s and small bachelorette colleges; public, private, and religious schools; and a variety of racial and socioeconomic demographics. Queery sites include:
- Case Western Reserve University
- Fordham University
- Framingham State University
- Georgia State University
- John Carroll University
- McMaster University
- St. Norbert College
- University of Washington
In order to meet our twin goals of developing an international data set and allowing other researchers to take ownership of their own work, the Queery has set up these conditions for other researchers using the Queery survey instrument:
- Publications resulting from work based at least in part on the Queery should cite the project's publications.
- Data collected using the Queery instrument or close derivatives should be shared with Jeff Lockhart, for the purposes of building an international database. Symmetrically, researchers who contribute to the international set will be given access to it upon request (subject to the conditions of their own IRB). To afford the original researchers time to publish, data submitted to the central database will not be made available to others right away.
- Researchers looking to use the Queery survey instrument should consult with Jeff Lockhart about any changes to the questions, to ensure that the resulting data will be compatible with the other sites.
- If Jeff Lockhart's involvement (including any consultation not listed here) is sufficient to merit authorship according to the standards of the discipline and publication venue in question, then he should be listed as an author and, minimally, allowed to review the publication before it goes to press.
Researchers and interested parties are strongly encouraged to read more about the Queery on this site, review our community report and forthcoming academic publications, and reach out to our Principal Investigator, Jeff Lockhart.