The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and Kognito Partner to Increase Support for LGBTQ Students

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Interactive Conversation Experience Helps Build a Safe and Supportive Campus Environment

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and Kognito have partnered to bring over 650 consortium members greater access to simulated role-play conversation experiences with virtual humans that help reduce stigma and increase support for LGBTQ students.

Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) are at a higher risk of discrimination and psychological distress than their cisgender and/or heterosexual peers. Kognito’s product, LGBTQ on Campus, is a 30-minute online immersive learning experience that includes role-play conversations with virtual, fully-animated and emotionally responsive students and is designed to assist higher education institutions in creating a safe and supportive campus community by 1) increasing awareness and empathy for the challenges faced by LGBTQ students, and 2) building the skills of students to connect and communicate with respect. LGBTQ on Campus is the result of a collaboration among The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and Kognito.

"The Co-Chairs are pleased to share these technologies with the membership of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Kognito's LGBTQ on Campus will prove a valuable introductory tool for professionals working to raise awareness about the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer college students," said Warren Scherer, Co-Chair of Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. "It offers an opportunity to draw additional colleagues into a learning environment centered on a marginalized population. It is a superb starting point for continued growth in competency and capacity serving LGBTQ students," per said.

Through the partnership, the LGBTQ Consortium’s members will receive a free trial and a reduced rate for licensing the interactive program for their institutions.

"We are delighted to partner with the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and work toward our shared goal of creating a nationwide network of safe and supportive campuses for LGBTQ students," said Ron Goldman, Co-Founder and CEO of Kognito.

About The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals:

The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Resource Offices/Centers. The Consortium was founded in 1997 at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, our annual meeting and pre-conference institute are also held there. Become a member: http://www.lgbtcampus.org

About Kognito:

Founded in 2003, Kognito is a leader in immersive learning experiences that drive positive change in health behaviors. Kognito’s award-winning online and mobile simulations with virtual humans prepare individuals and professionals to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Kognito uses a science-driven, research-proven approach and currently has more than 450 clients in education, government, and healthcare settings. The company has been recognized for its evidence-based programs, and is the only company with digital simulations listed in the National-Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more or access demos at http://www.kognito.com.

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