Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


This capstone's focus is primarily on the Salinas Valley Education System. This project stresses the importance of inclusivity regarding the LGBTQ+ community in early education. Important factors emerged from an analysis of interviews and literature that shows how controversy, lack of exposure to LGBTQ+ identities, and time, all contribute to the lack of inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. As a result of the lack of inclusivity, many children are bullied on school grounds based on their identity. Teachers and stakeholders, who were previously enrolled in the K-12 system and identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, were interviewed. As a result three themes were presented as part of how the issue could be addressed. After analyzing the research collected, an action option was chosen to address the lack of inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community in early education.