Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Todd Ream

Second Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Third Advisor

Drew Moser


At a Christian institution, same-sex attracted individuals’ experiences and relationships may be vastly different, depending on the institution’s campus climate surrounding the LGBT+ community. This study was conducted to understand the role institutional hiring policies regarding same-sex attracted faculty play in informing campus climate and sexual minority students’ experiences. Referencing a recent non-discrimination policy change at Goshen College, this study sought to answer the following question: How did a change in a Christian institution’s non-discrimination policy regarding sexual minority faculty affect the experiences of same-sex attracted students? Utilizing a narrative qualitative research design, the researcher conducted interviews with seven past and present students of Goshen College. The individual stories, shared by these participants, allowed for a collective same-sex attracted student experience with the change in Goshen’s hiring policy. The results of this study highlighted the following key findings: heterosexism and inclusion, role models and future outlook, and the role of activism within Goshen’s same-sex attracted student community.