Commission for Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation (GIESO)

Function

  • To advise the president and other WSU administrators on matters relating to needs and concerns of the campus communities related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • To identify and advocate for policies and services in support of issues regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • To inform campus communities about the University’s policies, initiatives, priorities, plans, and services regarding issues of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • To develop and set priorities for action items from current reports and surveys, e.g., the Council on Campus Climate’s Homophobia Report and the University’s climate survey
  • To collaborate with other commissions and organizations to gain respect and equity for all people

Composition and tenure

GIESO recommends nominees for membership to the president. The desired membership consists of  members with the following distribution:

Pullman campus representation: 2 undergraduate student members (U), 2 graduate student/professional student members (G), 5 civil service/AP staff members (S), 5 faculty members (F), 2 community representatives  Unlimited ex- officio members: (GIESORC, Women’s Resource Center, etc.)

Tri-Cities campus: 3 student (undergraduate or graduate) members, 3 faculty/AP/staff members, Vancouver campus: 2 student (undergraduate or graduate) members, 3 faculty/AP/staff members, Spokane Campus: 3 student (undergraduate or graduate) members,  4 faculty/staff/administrative professional  Everett campus: 1 student (undergraduate or graduate) member, 1 faculty/AP/staff member, Global Campus: 1 student (undergraduate or graduate) member, 1 faculty/AP/staff member, Any Campus: 6 at-large faculty/AP/staff member

All Members serve a 2-year term with the option for continuing renewals.

The commission leadership is elected annually by the membership. Leadership includes chair, chair-elect, secretary, historian, and membership coordinator.

Responsible to the President and Executive Vice President.

GIESO  vacancies are announced through the  WSU Insider, with a call for applicants when vacancies arise. Commission members may recommend or nominate applicants or members of the campus community.


GIESO Membership

Myers, Matthew

Faculty, Pullman
GIESO Co-Chair, Historian
Committee term end: Fall 2024

Owen, Amanda

Staff, Pullman
GIESO Co-Chair, Community Building Chair
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Rex, Candice

Student, Global
GIESO Co-Chair, Awards & Scholarships Co-Chair
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Beck, Rachael

Staff, Spokane
Secretary, Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Brooks, Alex

Staff, Spokane
Communications Chair
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Fejeran, Eric

Staff, Pullman
Membership Coordinator,
Recruitment & Retention Co-Chair
Committee Term end: Spring 2025

Lucas, Rocky

Staff, Pullman
Chair-Elect
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Olsson, Rae

Faculty, Pullman
Awards and Scholarships, Co-Chair
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Awod, Koroles

Faculty, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Barman, Ajay

Student, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Fall 2025

Bickford, Denise

Staff, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Edgerton, Samantha

Student, Pullman
Ex Officio GPSA
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Ellsworth, Taylor

Staff, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Gwaduri, Kauser

Staff, Tri Cities
Member at Large
Committee term end: Fall 2023

Hinz, John

Faculty, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee tern end: Spring 2025

Iniguez, Alejandro

Student, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Jeffries, Matthew

Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Campus Climate and Community Building Pullman – Ex Officio
Committee term end: Indefinite

Kittle, Christie

Staff, Global
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Morehouse, Kaitlin

Staff, Spokane
Non-voting HR Member
Committee term end: Spring 2024

Nicola, Anthony

Faculty, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Spring 2025

Porterfield, Jaxon

Staff, Pullman
Member At Large
Committee term end: Fall 2025

Rollins, Kris

Staff, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: Fall 2025

Sharp, Amy

Director, Women*s Center, Pullman
Ex-Officio
Committee term end: Indefinite

Spiers, Sara

Staff, Vancouver
Member at Large
Committee Term End: Spring 2024

Tremble, Serena

Student, Pullman
Intern
Committee term end: Fall 2024