February 2, 2004

LGBT makes annual visit to Oxford

By Eric Rangus

Members of the Rainbow Oxford Student Alliance (ROSA) and Oxford Dean Dana Greene were guests at the latest meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of LGBT Concerns, held at Oxford, Tuesday, Jan. 20.

A main subject of discussion was Oxford's diversity liaison position. The commission had sent Greene a letter recommending the position be expanded from quarter-time to half-time, but she said the limits of Oxford's budget do not allow this.

ROSA member Sonia Santamaria said many Oxford students are unaware of the diversity liaison. It was suggested that fliers be posted on campus to advertise its role. That role, commission members said, encompasses linking the Oxford and Atlanta campuses, keeping records of Oxford's diversity groups, and maintaining relationships with Atlanta's Office of Multicultural Programs and Services and the Office of LGBT Life.

ROSA members discussed several upcoming events on the Oxford campus. On Feb. 12, a Freedom to Marry Day will be held. On Feb. 16, ROSA will sponsor "Coming Out as an Ally" to address the importance of having non-LGBT people support equality regardless of sexuality. And on April 21, the campus will participate in the Day of Silence, a national effort aimed to create safer schools for all regardless of sexual orientation.

In other commission business, LGBT studies chair Bill Gilders said Woodruff Library is making good progress in building its LGBT studies collection. Policies and procedures chair Kathy McKee said her committee continues to work on creating a document for funding requests; and the Pride banquet committee announced the event has been scheduled for March 18 in the Miller-Ward Alumni House, with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson as guest speaker.

Commission member Nathan Woodling asked the commission for funding to help with the costs of Emory Pride's Valentine's Day ball, Feb. 13, and the commission pledged $100 to co-sponsor the event.

The next LGBT meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.

If you have a question or concern for LGBT, e-mail chair Jeff Martin at jdmarti@learnlink.emory.edu