New chair Kathy McKee took over and offered her vision for the
next year of the LGBT Commission at the groups final meeting
of the 200102 academic year, April 16 in 400 Administration.
Touching on a theme that has been discussed at previous meetings,
McKee said that while it has not had to deal with many hot-button
issues in the recent past, the commission remains a viable and necessary
There are things that need to be addressed, said McKee,
a training specialist in Human Resources. Maybe they havent
reached a level where people are in a fervor about them. Perhaps
they need to be in a fervor.
McKee, who had been chair-elect, received a purple plastic tiara
from outgoing Chair Mark Jordan in a tongue-in-cheek ceremony to
inaugurate her tenure.
McKee thanked Jordan, who rolls into ex officio status, and said
she wanted to build on several of his efforts as well as begin some
of her own. McKee said she plans to continue Jordans legacy
of maintaining a strong Oxford presence, counting on the committees
to accomplish much of the commissions tasks and keeping meetings
on point and on time.
Other goals include taking steps to become more visible, reaching
out to other campus LGBT organizations in order to synchronize programming,
and improving communication.
McKee asked commission members to think over the summer about things
they would like to accomplish next year. Ideas included possibly
revisiting the campus climate survey for LGBT, which was stopped
in midstream in early 2001. McKee also wanted to explore academic
approaches to LGBT issues.
Many ideas came from new members attending their first meeting
since joining the commission last monthand not all the ideas
were limited to next year. One suggestion was to set up a commission
booth at Staff Fest, May 17. That would be one way to increase the
commissions visibility, and members said they would follow
Other ideas included incorporating LGBT life into freshman orientation,
having a Meet the Commission event similar to the informal
Meet the Deans event put on by the Student Government
Association, and strengthening ties to campus groups such as Emory
Pride, the Employee Council and the other Presidents commissions.
In one of his final orders of business as chair, Jordan asked the
commission to approve a plan that would transfer any commission
funds left over at the end of the fiscal year (Aug. 31) to the Office
of LGBT Life. The plan was approved.
The LGBT commission will reconvene in September
you have a question or comment for LGBT, send e-mail to Kathy McKee