Emory Report

February 23, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 22

Issues in Progress

President's Commission on
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Concerns

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 meeting.

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 Building.

-Michael Terrazas

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