The University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association aims to help create a more equitable environment in which LGBTQ members of the university community can flourish in their work environments and be productive researchers, teachers, and staff members. We aim to do this in the following ways:
- To advocate, provide support opportunities, and create a safe and secure professional environment for LGBTQ faculty and staff at the University of Cincinnati. This broad goal encompasses the following specific aims: to represent and advocate for LGBTQ faculty and staff visibility and concerns at the unit, college, divisional, administrative, shared governance, and university policy level.
- Encourage and promote research, teaching, and other educational activities that address questions relevant to LGBTQ individuals, allies of the LGBTQ community, and to all members of the university community concerned with understanding the experiences of LGBTQ people.
- In the spirit of President Pinto’s Next Lives Here direction and his administration’s commitment to diversity, this association shall seek to provide support and guidance for the University regarding issues that affect the well-being of LGBTQ faculty and staff members.
The LGBTQ FSA is a network that supports resources and community geared towards the enrichment and empowerment of LGBTQ faculty and staff at UC. We advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression.
- Hold bi-annual meetings for all members
- Create bylaws or comparable governance structure; identify association leaders
- Host cross-college professional networking events
- Design and develop a website
- Connect and work with the LGBTQ Center Advisory Board
- Unifying LGBTQ faculty and staff within a professional association
- Connect and work with existing LGBTQ student organizations in all colleges, on all campuses, as appropriate
- Connecting academic and student affairs professionals
- Identify and organize informal workshops or lunches for LGBTQ faculty to discuss and problem-solve barriers to success
- Invite LGBTQ research speaker with knowledge of the field and broad interdisciplinary appeal
- Identify future speakers, programming
- Work with advisors to promote LGBTQ studies at UC
- Develop a university-wide database of courses with LGBTQ content
- Promote and support the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) major, minor, graduate certificate, and MA program, being that these are the primary programs focused on LGBTQ studies at UC
- Serve as a form of support for faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate LGBTQ issues into their courses or curricula
- Establish a renewable source of professional development funding for LGBTQ faculty research and teaching.
- Establish a renewable source of professional development funding for LGBTQ staff.
- Unifying LGBTQ staff across the University campuses
- Lunch & Learn- Organizing events that will support staff enrichment
- Promote LGBTQ visibility, ally support and networking opportunities across the University
- Work with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to incorporate LGBTQ issues into all equity & inclusion efforts on campus, including university statements, plans, policies, and programs.
- Work with the Office of Research to ensure that LGBTQ faculty and staff needs and experiences are included in institutional surveys and data
- Meet with key administrators to discuss how to best advocate for and make visible LGBTQ faculty and staff talent at UC
- Work with the LGBTQ Center to establish a renewable source for an annual scholarship for an LGBTQ undergraduate or graduate student
- Coordinate LGBTQ FSA activities with the LGBTQ Center Director and Advisory Board, and with LGBTQ student associations across campus
- Identify 1-2 individuals who can attend both LGBTQ FSA meetings and LGBTQ Center Advisory Board meetings
- Co-sponsor events with the LGBTQ Center and student organizations
- Partner with Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other local LGBTQ-friendly organizations
- Work with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to ensure that LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly faculty and staff are invited as a guest of UC’s sponsored table at the annual HRC Gala
- Complete a sustainability plan within one year of the association’s inauguration.
- Implement into the University hiring practices that target the special recruitment and retention of LGBTQ faculty and staff