LGBTQ+ Reading Group

The HRC is pleased to announce the formation of an LGBTQ+ reading group, under the supervision of Professors Zhenjie Weng and Yanan Zhao. The reading group is organized around the topic of Embracing Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence for Inclusive Education with the LGBTQ+ Community.

The reading groups is aimed at DKU faculty, staff, and students who are interested in fostering inclusive education and developing cultural competence with the LGBTQ+ Community. Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness, and Justice is an essential topic in academia. Despite its wide discussion in academia, at the practical level, it still poses a challenge for educators seeking to enhance their teaching practices. It is crucial to ensure that educational materials and curricula are inclusive, relevant, and engaging for all students while creating safe and inclusive learning environments.

Recognizing its importance within the DKU community, Prof. Weng and Zhao aim to establish a supportive and safe professional community for DKU teachers and students, with a primary focus on LGBTQ+ topics. It is common for some teachers and students to mistakenly assume that LGBTQ+ inclusivity only benefits LGBTQ+ students and does not have relevance for the broader student population. However, embracing LGBTQ+ inclusivity fosters acceptance, empathy, and respect for diversity, ultimately benefiting all students by creating inclusive learning environments that prepare them to navigate a diverse world

Throughout the reading group sessions, both teachers and students will have the opportunity to explore various forms of literature that delve into the LGBTQ+ community in China and around the world. These readings will serve as a starting point for participants to share their unique perspectives and concerns, engaging in discussions about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for respectful and inclusive interactions with LGBTQ+ individuals.

Research Questions

  1. What are the best practices for preparing students to effectively interact with LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, while addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ students and creating an inclusive classroom?
  2. How can students effectively raise awareness and develop cultural competence when engaging with LGBTQ+community, domestically and in international study abroad experiences?


For more information, please contact Professor Weng at or Professor Zhao at