Steven J. Schochet Endowment

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment provides funding to support academic initiatives in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. Named for U of M alumnus Steven J. Schochet, the Endowment hosts lectures and symposia, highlighting important work being done in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond.

The Schochet Endowment also directly supports research. We offer a full-year Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies, for PhD candidates at the University of Minnesota. In Spring 2018, the Schochet Endowment will be piloting an undergraduate fellowship program, where undergraduate students receive mentorship for an original research project in GLBT studies.



Course Development and Enhancement Grant

The Schochet Course Development Grant is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2018. The Steven J. Schochet Endowment invites proposals for the creation of new courses in queer, trans, gender, and sexuality studies, or for significant enhancement of existing courses in these fields. Deadline for applications: May 10, 2018.

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LGBTQ Graduate Peer Mentor Program 

The LGBTQ Graduate Peer Mentor Program is designed to pair LGBTQ graduate students in a mentorship relationship, to share information about navigating the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities broadly as a LGBTQ graduate student.

Email E. Ornelas at: ornelas@umn.edufor more information. 



Faculty Workshop - "Creating a More Equitable Classroom"

When students feel seen and understood in the classroom, they are more likely to show up ready to learn. In this workshop, faculty and instructors will identify strategies to make their classrooms friendlier to LGBTQ students. Presenters will address common struggles that LGBTQ students face in the classroom and share solutions that can be adapted to fit your discipline. 



About Steven J. Schochet

Steven J. Schochet was a student at the University of Minnesota in the late 1950’s. As an openly gay man, he received harassment from students, faculty, and staff members. Steven was threatened with expulsion from the University due to his sexual orientation and, in order to continue his education, was required to begin psychotherapy in order to “turn him straight.” During his time here, Steven was not accepted nor affirmed by his campus community

After achieving success in the computer industry, Steven bestowed a generous endowment to the University of Minnesota's Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly the GLBTA Programs Office) in 1996. He called this endowment a “gift of accountability.”  By this Steven did not mean to reward the University, rather hold the University accountable for its actions. The goal of this endowment was and is to improve campus climate for all LGBTQ-identified students and to ensure that no future students at the University would ever receive the same, poor treatment that Steven received as a student here.

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies and Campus Life is managed by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and is overseen by the seven members of the Schochet Board.



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