Melvin A. Whitehead is a second year doctoral student in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia. His research interests include: how community colleges develop and implement diversity and equity practices and the development, impact, and evaluation of social justice/ally training programs on college campuses. His current research project uses an intersectional framework to examine the experiences of LGBTQ+ students of color at community colleges in accessing resources, community, and support. Previously, Melvin was a librarian at Joliet Junior College, where he helped develop a Safe Zone Ally program and Speakers Bureau, advocated for LGBTQ-affirming campus initiatives, and facilitated workshops on gender identity and sexuality. Melvin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Michigan.

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