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Capturing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in Survey Research (Online)

September 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course will be offered over one afternoon (9/7/23 from 12pm – 4pm US Eastern) via Zoom only.

Attendance is required as the course will not be recorded.

This short course will provide participants with a broad overview of considerations and approaches for capturing sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in survey research. This includes examining the current best practices and approaches, and considerations for sampling and other key design considerations when researching these populations. The workshop is intended to give participants an opportunity to better understand the various current approaches to measuring SOGI, and hands-on practice developing responsive best-practice versions of SOGI questions for their own research needs.


  • The (in)consistency of including SOGI items in research
  • Reviewing national and state approaches to SOGI data collection
  • The components of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Measuring SOGI together, and separately
  • Considerations when measuring SOGI minorities among other minority groups
  • Thinking of SOGI as a not-so-sensitive answer, but potentially a sensitive question
  • Moving beyond binaries in response options
  • Developing fit-for-purpose SOGI questions for unique subpopulations or survey needs
  • Resources for SOGI best-practices and emerging research

This course will count as 4.0 CSS short course credit hours.

Instructor: Justine Bulgar-Medina

Justine Bulgar-Medina is a research methodologist at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, working in the Department of Statistics and Methodology. As associated faculty in the MPPA program at Northwestern University, she teaches courses in research methods and public policy. Bulgar-Medina is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research where she serves as the Associate Chair for the Conference Support Committee in addition to serving as Chair of the Student & Early Career Engagement Subcommittee. She is also an active member of the American Statistical Association and American Sociological Association. Prior to joining NORC at the University of Chicago and Northwestern, Bulgar-Medina was a faculty member at Merrimack College where she taught courses in research methods, statistics, public policy and criminology. Bulgar-Medina completed her doctoral work in Sociology & Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Registration fees:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Students (including current Certificate of Survey Science program students): $0, with a $25 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Faculty/Staff/Postdoc/Resident/Visiting Scholars: $50
  • Non-UNC Chapel Hill University Student/Employee (must have active university email): $75
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $100

Additional course information:

  • Registration closes at 12:01am 9/4/23. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.
  • Zoom link for this course will be sent prior to the course. Registration must be made at least 3 days prior to the course date to receive the Zoom link.

For questions regarding the status of this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


September 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


NC United States