Issues in Progress
President's Commission on
Co-chair Yvette Morgan called the meeting to order Feb. 16 in 400 Administration
Building. First on the agenda was the election of a new secretary to replace
Jason Chue. With no nominees available, Darryl Gossett volunteered to serve
as ad hoc secretary and take minutes of the meeting, Saralyn Chesnut volunteered
for March and Candice Dias volunteered for April. The commission then voted
to approve the minutes from the January meeting.
In committee reports, DyShaun Muhammed reported roughly 15 people attended
the February coffeehouse, and the next one is scheduled for March 19 from
5 to 6 p.m. in Harris Parlor. He said April's event could be held outdoors
and in conjunction with the Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Life, and he
will have more details and a funding request at the March meeting.
Chue and Danielle Doughman reported 62 reservations for the Pride Banquet,
to be held March 2 in Cox Ballroom 4. Chue said honoria totaling $400-$500
will be paid to speaker Cindy Patton and entertainer Doria Roberts.
Chesnut reported that no undergraduates have submitted papers for the
commission's LGB/queer studies writing awards, and the commission voted
to combine the $500 graduate and $250 undergraduate prizes to split between
two graduate winners.
Jack Zupko said the honorary degrees committee is still looking for nominations
for an LGB-sponsored candidate for Emory's Board of Trustees. He said he
will look into the nomination process to see how such a candidate may be
approved for the board.
Anne Rector reported the archives committee will soon deliver more materials
to Special Collections for filing. Morgan said the web page committee hopes
to have a page up and running by the end of February.
At Chesnut's suggestion, plans for a limited survey of the Oxford campus
concerning attitudes toward LGB issues were tabled pending a national survey
in which the commission is participating later this year. She said she will
have a better idea of when the national survey will happen at the March
The commission again debated whether to fund an exhibition or visit by
photographer Mark Chester during October's Gay History Month; the decision
was made to wait until more specific details about such an event are available
before voting on the matter.
In new business, the commission decided not to replace departed staff
members Rick Kerns and Annemarie Poyo since both terms are due to expire
in May. The commission formed a nomination committee to seek candidates,
on which Morgan, Doughman, Chue and Darrell Stokes will serve. Chesnut requested
the committee also devise some sort of orientation for new members to inform
them of commission procedures.
The commission voted to approve Gay, Lesbian Or Bisexual Allies League
President Mika Misra's request for funding of up to $280 to reimburse expenses
she incurred during a recent trip to a student LGB conference in California.
The next commission meeting will be March 16 at 4 p.m. in 400 Administration
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