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Commission for Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation

Function

To advise the president and the chief diversity officer 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

The commission recommends nominees for membership to the president. The membership consists of 21 members with the following distribution:

Pullman campus representation: 2 undergraduate students (U), 2 graduate students (G), 2 staff/administrative-professional employees (S/AP), 2 faculty (F), 3 ex officio: Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center liaison, Human Resource Services liaison, Vice President for Student Affairs, Equity, and Diversity.

Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver campus representation: 1 student, 1 faculty/staff/administrative professional (F-S-AP) from Spokane and Tri-Cities campuses; 2 students and 2 faculty/staff/AP from the Vancouver campus. These can be reassigned between these 3 campuses, as needed.

Members at large: 5 members at large

Students serve a 1-year term with the option of continuing renewals. Faculty/AP/Staff/ Members at large serve 3-year staggered terms with the option for continuing renewals.

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

Responsible to the president through the vice president for student affairs

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

 

Committee
membership

McKenzie, Bucky
Staff, Spokane
Chair
Committee term end: August 2021

 

Banks, Katie
Faculty, Tri-Cities
Historian
Committee term end: August 2020

Durand, Maxine
Staff, Pullman
Public Relations Liaison
Subcommittee Co-Chair
Committee term end: August 2020

Sharp, Amy
Staff, Pullman
Ex Officio
Committee term end: August 2020

Jeffries, Matthew
GIESORC, Director, Pullman
Ex Officio
Committee term end: Indefinite

Bowman, Jaime
Faculty, Spokane
Subcommittee Co-Chair
Committee term end: August 2020

Clark, Brian
Staff, Pullman
Subcommittee Co-Chair
Committee term end: August 2020

Ferguson, Alyssa
Staff, Pullman
Subcommittee Co-Chair
Committee term end: August 2020

Hansen, Erin
Staff, Everett
HRS Ex Officio
Committee term end: August 2020

Ellsworth, Taylor
Staff, Pullman
Member at Large
Committee term end: August 2020

Abustan, Paulina
Faculty, Pullman
Committee term end: August 2020

Bravo, Alejandro
Graduate student, Pullman
Committee term end: August 2020

Demand, Kelly
Staff, Pullman
Committee term end: August 2020

Dickey, Chris
Faculty, Pullman
Committee term end: August 2020

Hobaica, Steven
Student, Pullman
Committee term end: August 2020

Craigmile, Justin
Staff, Spokane
Member at Large
Committee Term end: August 2020

Mohr, Jim
Staff, Spokane
Committee term end: August 2020

New, Leslie
Faculty, Vancouver
Committee term end: August 2020

Zavala, Cyn
WSU Pullman graduate student
Committee term end: August 2020

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