Summer 2012

Do you know about Western’s Minority Employee Council (MEC) and LGBT Advocacy Council, advised by Dr. Kunle Ojikutu, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity?

Western’s Minority Employee Council (MEC) is an advisory board that serves to support and promote programs aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff of color. To this end, MEC seeks to foster a better understanding of diversity through joint programs and open dialogues; advocates on behalf of Western’s diverse staff and faculty populations; seeks to increase the number of faculty and staff of color to be more representative of the population; works to build a more inclusive University environment; and acts as a catalyst for social engagement and community for faculty and staff of color.  Nominations for the MEC’s 2012-2013 board are currently underway.  Learn more about the MEC here.  For questions or to get involved, please contact joan.ullin@wwu.edu or lise.fitzpatrick@wwu.edu.

Western’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy Council (LGBTAC) works to foster a safe, supportive, and inclusive educational environment by promoting awareness and understanding of LGBT issues and advocating for the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and ally students, faculty, and staff.  The LGBTAC is composed of faculty and staff, with student representation.  All LGBTQ and allied faculty and staff are invited to be part of the LGBTAC.  Learn more and get involved here.  The LGBTAC has partnered with the AS Queer Resource Center to offer a Safe Zone Training opened to Western faculty, staff and students.  This Spring, over 65 people participated in the training, designed to further an awareness of issues experienced by the LGBTQ community and provide tools to create safe spaces for LGBTQ and allied people on campus.  Learn more and register for an upcoming training here.

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