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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Amongst University of Arizona undergraduate students, what is the perceived level of support for the LGBTQIA community on the University of Arizona campus? Whatdifferences might we find in how males and femalesrespond to questions about the LGBTQIA community? So we wantedto know... LGBTQIA at UA Introduction to Topic Hypothesis Research Question We anticipate that because of our geographical location (in a mostly conservative state) and different curriculum focus (less liberal arts, more STEM-based majors) that the results will be overall less supportive than were found at Dickinson College. We believe that men and women will most likely have the same level of support, but men will be less likely to be vocally supportive. Sample Our survey was given to 16 male and female students (4 male, 12 female) at the University of Arizona. The average age was 19. 14 participants identified as heterosexual, 1 identified as asexual, and 1 self-identified as "flexible". Methods Our method was a quantitative survey whichutilized a number value given to each corresponding answer choice. There were a few questions that were of particular interest in our survey. Question 6 asked : "What is your impression of the general level of support offered to members of the LGBTQIA community here at the University of Arizona campus?"Question 7 asked: "How likely are you to voice your support for the LGBTQIA community in a familiar social setting?"Question 8 asked: "How likely are you to voice your support for the LGBTQIA community in an unfamiliar or academic?" Results We were quickly able to see that both men and women saw the campus as slightly supportive of the LGBTQIA community. When asked if they were likely to express their support of the LGBTQIA community in a social setting, women were more likely to express their support than men. In an academic setting, women were less likely to express their support of the LGBTQIA than in a social setting and men were more likely to not express their support at all. Discussion The societal oppression and basic human rights violations that have been experienced (and are being experienced) by the people impacted by LGBTQIA issues are becoming more public and gaining more interest in the political arena as well as among sociologists and psychologists. In order to educate ourselves about these issues, and gain a clearer perspective about our own peers opinions on these topics, our group wanted to find some current literature on the topic of LGBTQIA acceptance. In a survey we read which had been conducted on the Dickinson College campus (a small east coast liberal arts college), the researchers found that the support for and interest in LGBTQIA topics and communities was overwhelmingly positive on their campus both among students and faculty members. After giving out the survey to 16 male and female students at the University of Arizona, our findings showed that most students at the University of Arizona were supportive of the LGBTQIA community. We were also able to see that woman rated themselves as more supportive of the LGBTQIA community than men ratedthemselves. Both men and women saw the campus as slightly supportive of the LGBTQIA community. Our data supported and confirmed our hypothesis that overall our campus is less supportive of the LGBTQIA community than the campus at Dickinson College. The perceived level of support on the University ofArizona campus was slightly supportive but not overtly supportive like the campus at Dickinson College. Some of our limitations for this research project includes only getting mostly freshman student responses, mostly female responses, and only getting responses from a small group of U of A students. What we were able to find about the relationship between findings and gender is that women were more likely to rate themselves as more supportive of the LGBTGIA community than men were.
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