LGBTQ Working Group

Mission and Purpose Statement

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Working Employee Resource Group is to facilitate conversations and actions that increase and sustain an affirming campus climate for individuals and groups from a diversity of gender expressions and sexual orientations. Further, we promote dialogue around gender and sexuality that are supportive and educational in support of the University mission and values.
To this end, the purposes of the working group include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify and analyze needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community
  • Determine opportunities for education of the university community on issues of gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Support and optimize existing programs, resources, and organizations that address diversity around gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Suggest and assist in designing new programming resources and organizations as necessary
  • Provide visibility for LGBTQ individuals, concerns, and conversations
  • Advise the administration on policies to promote inclusive and nurturing environments for the LGBTQ community
  • Help attract and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Advocate and protect the rights of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff
  • In carrying out this mission, we seek and represent a variety of voices from various stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.

Resources

Below you will find resources for the LGBTQ community on-campus as well as in Asheville. Current students, click here for more resources.

WCU Resources

Campus Police (Anonymous Reporting System)

Camp Annex, 114 East University Way
828-227-7301 Non-Emergency Line
828-227-8911 Emergency Line (Also used for counselor-on-call)
police.wcu.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Offers individual counseling and groups (including Rainbow Room LGBTQ support group)
225 Bird Building
828.227.7469
caps.wcu.edu

Department of Intercultural Affairs (ICA) and Safe Zone

227 AK Hinds University Center
828.227.2276
ica.wcu.edu

Department of Student Community Ethics (Bias Reporting System)

Scott Hall East
828.227.7234
dsce.wcu.edu

Health Services

Bird Building
828-227-7640
healthservices.wcu.edu

Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)

LGBTQ+ student organization
orgsync.wcu.edu


Asheville Resources

Blue Ridge Pride

An annual festival held in Asheville to celebrate the LGBTQ community.
blueridgepride.org

TRANZMISSION

An organization that provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender individuals.
tranzmission.org

Transformers

Support group provided by Tranzmission for transgender individuals and their loved ones
tranzmission.org/transformers-support-groups

Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)

An organization that provides support for individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families, provides education to prevent the further spread of the disease.
wncap.org

 

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS)

Agency that provides inclusive and comprehensive health care services for transgender individuals and individuals with HIV/AIDS
www.wncchs.org

Youth OUTright

Advocacy and support organization for LGBTQIA+ youth, 14-23 years old.
youthoutright.org

Members

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to one of our members listed below, or click here to submit your comments and questions.

Name Title Department
Erin Callahan Assistant Professor  English
Chris Dahlquist Human Resources
Consultant
Human Resources & Pay Roll
Mandy Dockendorf Assistant Director  Fitness & Wellness
Caroline Duffy Graduate Assistant Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Programs
Scott Eldridge Associate Professor Communication
Yancey Gulley Assistant Professor Higher Education Student Affairs
Karie Holton Assistant Director Intercultural Affairs
Jay Manalo Associate Professor Counseling & Psychological Services
Dean Paulk Student Services Specialist Center for Career & Professional Development
Honor Sachs Assistant Professor History
Ethan Schilling Assistant Professor Psychology
Kevin Trudell Graduate Assistant Human Services
Ricardo Nazario-Colon Chief Diversity Officer Provost; Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Programs

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