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Barile Wins LGBT Research Award

Director of Residential Education Brandon Barile has won the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Knowledge Community award for his doctoral research. Earning his Ed.D. from Northeastern University, Barile’s thesis “LGBTQ Chief Student Affairs Officers: How Lived Experiences Affect Professional Identity and Progression in Higher Education” investigates the experiences of LGBT college administrators in disclosing their sexuality through queer theory.

“The study will focus on chief student affairs officers, so an assumption is that these professionals are seasoned in the field and I’m curious how they have experienced the national climate change throughout their tenure,” Barile says. “As a gay administrator, I wanted to incorporate my positionality into my doctoral thesis, attempt to institute some change, and personally learn from their experiences as well.”

Barile joined the Colleges in 2010 as the assistant director of housing operations, and was appointed as the director of residential education in July of 2014.

“This is a very well-deserved recognition of Brandon’s many and continuing contributions to the field,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers. “Brandon’s dedication to providing a better understanding of the climate for the issues faced by LGBTQ senior student affairs staff will serve as an essential resource for our field.”

In addition to his roles on campus, Barile is an active member of the Geneva community, as the president and tenured board member of the Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center. Barile received his B.A. in English at Keuka College, followed by a master’s degree in social sciences and student affairs from SUNY Binghamton. Brandon hopes to defend his dissertation by December 2015.

“It’s my hope that research into workplace experiences can encourage more diversity training on the unique challenges LGBTQ administrators face, which is primarily due to their outsider status,” Barile says. “I feel lucky to work at an institution that is actively investigating and recommending best practices for inclusion of all students, particularly via the Culture of Respect.”