Emory Report

February 21, 2000

 Volume 52, No. 22

President's Commission on LGBT Concerns

The President's Commission on LGBT concerns held its first official meeting of the new semester Jan. 25. The commission met informally and discussed a few outstanding issues on Feb. 8 but did not make any formal decisions because it lacked a quorum.

From the Jan. 25 meeting, four of the six readers for the LGBT essay contest were confirmed. The readers must next meet to establish guidelines for judging the papers.

Craig Washington of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) was confirmed as the speaker for the upcoming Pride Banquet on March 2 in the Carlos Museum reception hall. Rather than charge admission, it was decided that donations would be suggested at the door.

The LGBT is in search of nominations for new commission members for the fall term. Self-nomination is allowed and encouraged. A diverse membership from all groups within the Emory community--students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration--is sought. Any interested parties should send a brief statement of interest or any questions to davarma@learnlink.emory.edu.

Bob Etheridge, associate vice president of Equal Opportunity Programs, agreed to host a joint planning lunch to facilitate communication among the three President's commissions. A joint commission social event is being planned for this spring.

The meeting then moved to other campus issues. One was a report by the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities stating that medical school statistics reflected 89 African Americans on the faculty. It was noted that these numbers include physicians practicing in outside clinics and do not accurately reflect the number of classroom teachers.

The idea of a chair or chair-elect was discussed (the commission is currently led by co-chairs). It was suggested that a chair-elect position would help a person prepare for service as a chair. Forming an executive committee also was suggested.

-Eric Rangus

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