Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hunter College Research Study Needs LGBT Immigrants!

Researchers from Hunter College School of Social Work are conducting a research study examining the social service needs and community supports of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Gender Non-conforming (LGBTQGNC) immigrants. The purpose of this research study is to explore the experiences of LGBTQGNC immigrants in order to better understand how their sexuality/gender-identity and immigrant identities impact their experiences with social service agencies. Information this study gathers will begin to provide data necessary to better address professional training needs, as well as to help begin establish a deeper understanding of the role of social work with LGTBQGNC immigrant communities.

Anyone who identifies as a LGBTQGNC immigrant and who has had some interaction with a social service provider, whether formal or informal, is welcome to participate in the study. The study includes a 30 minute face-to-face interview. Anyone who participates will not be compensated for their time, nor will participants receive any direct benefit from the study. However, it is the hope of the research team that social service providers will be better equipped to address the needs of LGBTQGNC immigrants as a result of this study.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this study please contact JT Mikulka at 845.544.0227 or, or Jill Nawrocki at 917.370.7330 or

You can also address questions to Dr. Marina Lalayants, faculty advisor at Hunter College School of Social Work, at 212.369.7550 or

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