A new chair took his seat and new officers were
elected at the most recent meeting of the President’s Commission
on LGBT Concerns, April 15 in 400 Administration.
Jeff Martin of Meeting Services took over as chair from Human Resources’
Kathy McKee, whose yearlong term ended this month. Martin had been
serving as chair-elect.
One of Martin’s first acts as chair was to lead the commission
in officer elections for the 2003–04 academic year. Cathi
Wentworth from Oxford College was chosen as chair-elect; Bill Thompson
of Facilities Management will serve as treasurer for the second
consecutive year; and Nathan Woodling, a student representative,
will be secretary.
Student representatives Kathy Britt and Delvin Murphy will act as
liaisons to the Employee Council and President’s Commission
on the Status of Minorities, respectively; and Margaret Lawson of
the School of Medicine will be the liaison to the President’s
Commission on the Status of Women. The meeting also allowed new
members to introduce themselves.
Martin briefly discussed some of the issues he plans to address
when the commission reconvenes in the fall. They include developing
a set of formal procedures to use when asking the commission to
fund a project and to increase commission member attendance at events.
Martin said he would like the commission to work on programming
over the summer, noting that more than 15 percent of LGBT’s
budget for fiscal year 2003 remains in its
Prior to the elections, McKee reviewed the commission’s accomplishments,
which included more than a half-dozen event cosponsorhips; the annual
Pride banquet; providing funds for students and staff to attend
conferences and training; and cooperation with the other president’s
commissions to offer support for an Employee Council-sponsored motion
to the University Senate asking that the administration suspend
its pre-employment drug-testing policy.
In other business, McKee asked for volunteers to help staff the
commission’s table at the upcoming Employee Council Information
Fair to be held April 29 at the VA Medical Center. Making their
long-awaited debuts at the information fair will the commission’s
advertising banner and an updated information brochure. (Commission
members had been working to complete the marketing tools for some
Wentworth, chair of policies and procedures, said her committee
has sent a letter to the fringe benefits committee of the University
Senate asking that it include an LGBT representative.
Debbie Isenberg updated the commission on the status of her work
with campus listservs. She said it is easy to get in touch with
students and staff to give updates on LGBT issues, but added that
faculty outreach can be difficult because access to many listservs
This was the last LGBT meeting of the academic year. The commission
will reconvene, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
you have a question or comment for LGBT, send e-mail to Chair Jeff
Martin at email@example.com.