Connect with the Minority Employee Council and LGBT Advocacy Council
The Minority Employee Council (MEC) and LGBT Advocacy Council (LGBTAC) provide support and resources for their memberships and the campus community more broadly. In the Fall EOO Newsletter, leaders of the MEC and LGBTAC shared their insights about campus climate, the role of allies in improving climate, and the importance of community in retaining diverse faculty and staff. The two groups are advised by Dr. Kunle Ojikutu, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity.
Western’s Minority Employee Council is an advisory board that serves to support and promote programs aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff of color. The 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. Check out the MEC’s new brochure here. For questions or to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MEC holds socials on the first Friday of each month at family-friendly restaurants in the area. The next social is scheduled for:
- April 5, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., at a TBA campus location (this social is in conjunction with MEC’s General Meeting!)
The MEC also encourages people to save the date for the following upcoming events:
- Annual joint LGBTAC and MEC social, coming later Winter Quarter
- MEC General Meeting, Friday, April 5, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at a TBA campus location
- Women of Color Empowerment Dinner, Friday, May 17, Viking Union MPR
Western’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy Council 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 LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. All LGBTQ and allied faculty and staff are invited to be part of the LGBTAC. The LGBTAC has partnered with the AS Queer Resource Center to offer a Safe Zone Training opened to Western faculty, staff and students. The training is 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.
On March 8, 2013, as part of the Skagit Human Rights Festival, the LGBTAC is co-sponsoring Faces & Facets of Transgender Experience. The daylong event includes:
- Being a Trans Ally – The Basics & Beyond, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., VU567
- Dialogue on Intersections of Identity, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., VU567
- Two Spirits: One Heart: A mother, her transgender son and their journey to love and acceptance, with Marsha & Aiden Aizumi, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., VU552