President Trump and his administration have continually repealed and replaced policies targeting the most vulnerable populations living in the United States, and in particular, LGBTQ+ individuals. Collegiate LGBTQ+ centers must respond to cultivate resilience and resistance in queer college students. The authors posit that critical hope is a useful framework for LGBTQ+ centers to cultivate resilience and resistance in their students. Critical hope, originally proposed by Duncan-Andrade (2009), rejects hope that does not critically examine what is happening and but rather, permits inequity to continue. Critical hope comes in three forms: Socratic, audacious, and material. Each form offers ways to engage with students to help them through these particularly tumultuous political times in order to help aid in their collegiate success and resistance to an oppressive regime.
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Boyd, A. & Jeffries, M. (2018). Cultivating resilience and resistance in Trump's America: Employing critical hope as a framework in LGBTQ+ centers. Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, 3(3), 26-37.