Established in 1995, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for LGBT+ Advocacy is a non-elected, standing committee devoted to improving climate and diversity by making recommendations related to current and proposed policies and practices that affect LGBT+ employees and students.
News and Events
We are once again active and engaged in raising the visibility of LGBT+ communities on the UWM campus! Our goals for the 2015-2016 academic year include the following: To expand tailor-fit training to additional departments and divisions across UWM’s campus; collaborate with the IRB to create gender-inclusive research language practices; encourage faculty and teaching academic staff members to model pronoun usage in their syllabi; solicit nominations for the Ally of the Year Award and identify the first award recipient; and establish metrics that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Chancellor’s Advisory for LGBT+ Advocacy and Safe Space training sessions.
The 2014-2015 academic year was filled with accomplishments, including the delivery of tailor-fit Safe Space training to the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Academic Leadership Council, Division of Finance & Administrative Affairs, and the Department of Human Resources; in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office, the launching of a “name-in-use” field in D2L and PAWS, which will greatly aid UWM’s transgender, gender variant, and intersex students; the production of a status report on ETF benefit inequalities for transgender, gender variant, and intersex employees; and establishment of the Ally of the Year Award, the first of which will be granted at the 2016 Fall Awards Ceremony.
(Gender) Inclusive Housing
In fall 2013, we received university approval to implement an Inclusive Housing policy, which provided us with greater flexibility in assigning students to living spaces that meet their needs. Inclusive Housing has already proven to offer an inviting, welcoming space for students who self-select and self-identify as gender non-conforming; students who have other cultural or identity considerations related to living in the residence halls at UW-Milwaukee; and students who identify as allies.
We are still looking for volunteers for the Trans* Commission, a sub-group of the LGBT+ Advisory Committee. Their charge is to create equity, access, and an inclusive environment for people of all genders through education, advocacy and institutional change. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Co-Chairs of the LGBT+ Committee: Jen Murray or Jeff Guenther.