Northwestern University is the First Campus In Chicago to Offer a Gender-neutral, Multi-stall Restroom

During Pride Month, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is thrilled to announce that Northwestern University is the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom.  

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and associate director of ISGMH, stated, “ISGMH is proud to be the first unit on the Northwestern campus to have a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom, and to be a trailblazer in supporting civil and health equity.” She continued, “We hope to inspire other universities to do the same.”

ISGMH and Northwestern University place the health and safety of their faculty, staff, and students as a top priority and are thrilled to be a leader in the gender-neutral bathroom debate among universities in Chicago and the Midwest.   Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Hosts Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening on June 20th

To round out this festive Pride Month, ISGMH welcomed guests for the Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening.  This event took place on ISGMH’s brand new 14th floor at 625 N. Michigan Ave.

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, ISGMH associate director and research associate professor in Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, welcomed the approximately 100 guests to the reception and grand opening.   Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Featured in Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 2016 Annual Report

The founding of ISGMH was featured in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s recently published 2016 Annual Report as an example of Northwestern’s commitment to creating and supporting an inclusive and diverse community on campus.  

In addition, the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program was featured among efforts by Northwestern to increase community engagement. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Chosen for NBC News’ #Pride30 List of LGBTQ Changemakers

Dr. Brian Mustanski has been chosen as one of NBC News’ #Pride30 changemakers, innovators, and rising stars.

NBC received public nominations from all over the country and several from outside the U.S.  After the submission deadline in April, a committee of NBC journalists and executives reviewed the nominations and decided on the list of finalists.   Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michael Newcomb Named “Rising Star of Clinical Science” by the Association for Psychological Science

ISGMH is proud to announce Dr. Michael Newcomb was recently named a “Rising Star of Clinical Science” by the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Newcomb was selected along with three other early career faculty from across the U.S. who conduct innovative research in clinical science to give a talk at the APS Annual Convention in Boston. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH & Center on Halsted host 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference

Over 250 scientists, public health professionals, students, and healthcare providers braved the rain for the 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference. With the goal of creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners and fostering professional development and networking opportunities, the conference focused on six themes, namely HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Adolescent Health, Violence and Trauma, Suicide and Mental Health, and Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and LGBTQ Health.  Continue Reading ▶︎

“Effects of Parental Monitoring and Knowledge on Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Young Men Who have Sex with Men: Results from Three Studies” published in AIDS and Behavior

Dr. Brian Mustanski, Greg Swann, and Dr. Michael Newcomb were recently published in AIDS and Behavior.

The article pulled from the ChiGuys, Crew 450, and RADAR studies to examine the relationship between positive parenting practices and substance use and HIV risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).  Continue Reading ▶︎