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Data Science for Justice: LGBTQ+

Kyrie Johnson, Sarah Mincer


We studied the differences between LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ students in their feelings of academic success, mental health, and sense of belonging on campus. We further related these three factors to tangible outcomes desirable for universities, such as the confidence students have in finishing their degrees. Our analysis accounts for a multitude of genders and sexual orientations to understand the diverse experiences of the queer student community more fully, which then informs recommendations for the most impactful resources and initiatives. Our stakeholders include all US Colleges and universities, and we analyzed survey data from the Healthy Minds Study (HMS) for the year 2019-2020: respondents are approximately 90,000 students from 69 colleges and universities in the US.

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