New Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity
In an ongoing effort to continue to foster a university climate that promotes equity, inclusion and affirmation for persons who are sexually and gender diverse, Millersville University has formed the President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity. The commission will “actively support policies, practices and programs that pursue this goal for students, staff, faculty, administrators and the general public with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”
The commission will support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning/queer, intersex, and allies/androgynous/asexual (LGBTQIA) community and will focus on advocacy of LGBTQIA rights and issues for all students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Blaise Liffick, who has served on the LGBTQIA committee, will chair the commission.
“This commission will look at ways to ensure LGBTQIA equity and inclusion in the areas of employment, recruitment, academic life, student life and academic offerings,” said Hiram Martinez, assistant to the president for social equity & diversity.
The new commission will serve as an important partner to the President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.
The commission will also continue its support of the Safe Zone Program, Sexuality and Gender Institute, and MU Allies. The Safe Zone Program is a visible network of University employees who wish to be supportive of members of the campus community who are LGBTQIA; the Sexuality and Gender institute focuses on event programming; and MU Allies is a group for all students regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression and a place for students to come together and socialize without fear of persecution or discrimination.