LGBTQ Working Group
The LGBTQ Working Group fosters a community at Rhodes College that promotes belonging, empowerment, and growth for people of all genders and sexualities through advocacy and community building.
In Fall 2010, the LGBTQ Working Group was convened as an ad hoc committee of faculty, students, and staff under the direction of Dean of Faculty Michael Drompp and Dean of Students Carol Casey. The Group was charged with assessing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) supportiveness of the College's policies, environment, and programming.
In its initial discussions, members of this group identified two major concerns:
- The extent to which LGBTQ students are truly welcomed and supported at the College, and the cultural, ethical, educational, and retention related consequences if those students are not (or do not feel) welcomed and supported; and
- Support for LGBTQ faculty and staff
After the assessment, the group began facilitating change in the identified areas of concern to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff in the Rhodes community. The working group continues to meet as the umbrella LGBTQ organization on campus and remains committed to its initial mission: continuous assessment of the College’s LGBTQ policies and environment to ensure that Rhodes College offers the broadest possible inclusivity, in keeping with its values and vision.
The LGBTQ Working Group Mission Statement:
"The LGBTQ+ Working Group fosters a community at Rhodes College that promotes belonging, empowerment, and growth for people of all genders and sexualities through advocacy and community building.”
Community. Belonging. Empowerment. Growth. Advocacy. All genders. All sexualities.
Bailey Cook, Class of 2020, Student Representative
Meredith Davis, Assistant Dean of Students ex officio
Ariel Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of History
Erin Hillis, Ph.D., Associate Dir. of International Programs Past Chair and liaison to the Title IX Fac/Staff Advisory Board
Lee Kezar, Class of 2019, President of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Student Representative
Ira Lawson, Director, Student Leader, Office of Student Leadership and Involvement
Jess Newman, Digital Projects Manager, Barret Library
Michelle Ngo, Class of 2018, Student Representative
Molly Mulhern, Class of 2018, Co-Director of Queer Advocacy, Student Representative
Joel Parsons, Director, Clough Hanson Gallery
Tracy Patterson, Directory of Alumni Relations
Ry Testa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Chair
Kelly Weeks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor liaison to the Faculty Diversity Committee