May 7, 2001
Jordan elected LGBT chair for 2001-02
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
Without a chair for much of the semester, the Presidents Commission on LGBT Issues elected Mark Jordan to fill the position for the next academic year. His selection highlighted the commissions final meeting of the year, May 1, in 400 Administration Building.
In addition to choosing Jordan, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion,
as chair, the commission picked the remainder of its officers and also
selected chairs for each of its five committees.
Committee chairs are: Catherine Shiel (Pride banquet), Susan Browne (essay
prize), Luis Cosme (membership/nominations), Ike Parker (Oxford) and David
The publicity committee in its previous incarnations had been an informal
one. Next year will be the first time it will be formally organized. It
is charged with promoting the commissions work across and outside
the University, writing publications and completing a commission website.
Currently the commission information is listed on the website of the Office
of LGBT Life.
Liaisons also were chosen for PCSW (Emily Noonan), PCSM (James Pace),
Employee Council (McClurkin), the LGBT office (Snehal Desai) and the University
In old business, Erin Mooney updated the commission on the status of the questions she is working on for the new campus climate survey, which is targeted for the fall. She said she met with PCSW
Chair Deb Floyd and PCSM Chair Brenda Seiton to come up with questions
for the survey. Mooney said the work was completed, then the questions
were passed along to Daniel Teodorescu, research associate in the Office
of Institutional Planning and Research.
Acting Chair Saralyn Chesnut said she hopes the committee can increase
its visibility on campus in the next year, adding she wanted to sponsor
a high-profile event on campus, possibly in tandem with the
LGBT office and Emory Pride.
Jordan mentioned sponsoring an academic conference similar to one held
earlier in the year at Emory concerning the view of same-sex relationships
by different religions. He added a well-known speaker could start a buzz
Chesnut discussed some possible administrative changes for 200102.
For instance, cutting meetings back to once every six weeks rather than
once a month. Commission bylaws state meetings shall be held monthly,
so they would have to be changed in order to put this plan into action.
This will be discussed at the first fall meeting.
The meeting time for next year was changed, as well. Meetings will now
start at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate staff and students who found 4 p.m.
meetings difficult to make. Jordan said meetings would last only one hour;
they are now scheduled for two hours.
The commission will not meet again until fall semester.
If you have a question or a concern for LGBT, contact the Office of LGBT Life at 404-727-0272.