President Bill Chace appeared at the Sept. 24 President’s
Commission on LGBT meeting, and encouraged the commission to continue
its important work.
The meeting, held in 400 Administration, was the commission’s
first of the academic year.
Asking the commission to keep him appraised of its work, Chace encouraged
LGBT to remain “forward-thinking” in its efforts.
Saralyn Chesnut, ex officio member of the commission and director
of the Office of LGBT Life, spoke about the creation of the commission
and its role on campus. She also mentioned avenues of coordination
between the two organizations, one of them being an upcoming band
party sponsored by her office. She suggested the commission cosponsor
It was announced the Oxford College has created a quarter-time position
in its residence life office to act as a liaison between the two
campuses on LGBT issues and as an advocate for the Oxford LGBT population.
It was suggested that the commission lobby for the position to be
increased to half-time.
Coordinating efforts with other campus LGBT organizations has been
an ongoing issue with the commission. Chair Kathy McKee tasked the
outreach committee with contacting other groups, learning about
their activities and exploring ways to tighten relationships.
That effort lead off the commission’s discussion of new business.
Other efforts included exploring the application of the principles
of the PCSW/Human Resources mentoring program for women employees
to Emory’s LGBT population.
McKee also mentioned ideas regarding the creation of a committee
to investigate an LGBT studies academic program on campus and staff
training regarding harassment of LGBT persons.
Finally, the commission funded two spaces at the upcoming National
Coalition Building Institute “Train-the-Trainer” workshop,
“Welcoming Diversity and Conflict Resolution,” Nov.
The next LGBT meeting will be Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or comment for LGBT, send e-mail to Kathy
McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org.