Promoting the Academic & Social Success of LGBTQ+ Youth Informational Brief

This informational brief was created by our partners at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA). The content of this brief was developed from the information provided in a Great Lakes MHTTC training of the same name that was presented by Amney Harper, PhD and Liz Cannon, PhD in June 2022.



Liz Cannon, PhD

Liz Cannon, PhD

Dr. Liz Cannon is the Director of the UW Oshkosh LGBTQ+ Resource Center and a senior lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Amney also administers the LGBTQ Studies certificate program and teaches courses such as Two Spirit Lives and Introduction to LGBTQ Studies. Ey has been developing curriculum for SAFE trainings at UWO for 24 years, and ey started the Resource Center in 2008.


Amney Harper, PhD

Amney Haper, PhD

Amney Harper, Ph.D. is a Full Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, and Co-Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She also teaches for the LGBTQ Certificate in the Women and Gender Studies Department. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University in May of 2008.  Amney engages in a variety of service and scholarly work related to Social Justice and Multicultural Considerations. She serves as a SAFE trainer and a Trans Safe Trainer on campus and is active and involved in a variety of other LGBTQ+ committees, including the LGBTQ Advocacy Council, the Campus Pride Index Taskforce, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center Advisory Board, and the TransAction Committee.  Amney has presented and published widely on LGBTQ+, Multicultural, and Social Justice topics. 




The Great Lakes MHTTC has provided this product for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. It was created in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


Developed in partnership with OACHBA. 






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