Date & Time: November 2, 2021 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Virtual

Join us for a virtual counselor discussion to learn more about:

  • LGBTQIA+ Allyship 2.0
  • Insights on where we were, where we are and where we are going with our LGBTQIA+ community
  • Research on the transition from high school to college for LGBTQIA+ students
  • The admissions process and campus support for LGBTQIA+ students
  • Tools and resources for serving your students
  • and more…

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12:05-12:40 LGBTQIA+ 101 & Beyond
Join us for an overview of LGBTQIA+ terms, concepts and definitions. This session will lay a foundation to ensure all attendees are on the same page for the rest of the presentations. The Adelphi Pride Committee members will also answer your questions about the LGBTQIA+ community and speak to the progress that has been made in recent years.

12:45-1:15 PM A Multidimensional Approach to Preparing LGBTQIAA+ Youth for the High School to College Transition
We will review four key areas relevant to supporting LGBTQ students’ success during the high school to college transition. The role of peer, family, school, and individual differences will be discussed relative to academic, mental health, and social-behavioral outcomes among college-aspirational and early-college LGBTQ youth. Evidence-based recommendations, as well as opportunities to brainstorm supports will be provided.


Dr. Johanna M. deLeyer-Tiarks is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Department at Adelphi University.

She earned her Ph.D in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and holds dual Master’s degrees in both Educational Psychology and Community Psychology.

Dr. deLeyer’s research centers on the development and investigation of evidence-based interventions to promote positive behavioral, academic, social-emotional, and physical health outcomes. She is particularly interested in mind-body health and self-modeling interventions. Recently, her work has focused on investigating the utility of virtual reality as a tool to facilitate remote implementation of self-modeling interventions for stuttering. She is also completing research on video self-modeling as an intervention for gender affirming vocal training, and relaxation and guided imagery as a treatment for asthma.

Her other current research interests include the identification and remediation of academic disparities experienced by LGBTQ students during the high school to college transition period.

Livia Polise

Livia Polise (she/her) is a social worker and yoga instructor, an ally, and a member of Adelphi’s Pride Committee. Ms. Polise has worked in shelters, hospitals, community-based agencies, and private practice, focusing on issues including mental health and substance use, gender-based violence, and perinatal mood disorders, and integrating mindfulness and yoga therapy into her social work practice. She maintains a steadfast commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion. Ms. Polise currently has the privilege of serving as the Director of Field Education for the Adelphi University School of Social Work, and is a candidate in Adelphi’s Ph.D. in Social Work program.

Dr. Carol Sussal

Dr. Carol Sussal is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Adelphi University. She is the founder and former chair, 12 years ago, of what was the LGBTQ+ and Allies, now called Adelphi Pride. She is currently co-chair of Adelphi Pride with Scott Zotto. She has been a pioneer on many levels for the rights of our Community. Carol came out in the 1970’s and her Doctoral Program’s dissertation was the first of its kind, and cited literature, called Role Differentiation in the Stable Couple Relationship where she studied gay, lesbian and hetersexual married and cohabiting couples. She proved and showed at the .001 level that the more avant garde the couple, i.e. gay and lesbian, the less role differentiation. She was the first Director of the first Federal Employee Assistance Program in the Southern District of New York. On a grant to Adelphi, she helped facilitate the founding of the Federal Lesbians and Gays. While attending Adelphi’s Derner Institutes Post Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, she wrote a rebuttal to a homophobic book review called Comment on Socarides : On Being a Lesbian and a Psychoanalyst, the first of its kind. Rumors were that she would never after that have a private practice, which she still has to this day. Carol crafted a course for the School of Social Work on Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Persons, at a time when the University did not have any courses mentioning LGBTQ. This course currently runs every semester.

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