Faculty Council Committee Corner: LGBTQ+

Transgender Awareness Week begins Tuesday
By Staff

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing CU Connections series in which the Faculty Council highlights each of its committees and their efforts. See past installments here.

The Faculty Council LGBTQ+ Committee has been charged with considering concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender faculty, including: (1) assessing the cultural climate of the university as it pertains to opportunities for LGBTQ+ faculty for academic advancement, productivity, and appropriate compensation; (2) making recommendations for creating an academic environment that fosters the academic success of LGBTQ+ faculty; (3) working to assure fairness in the recruitment and retention of LGBTQ+ faculty; and (4) developing support networks and recommending policy to address the needs of LGBTQ+ faculty.

Over the past several years, the LGBTQ+ Committee has advocated for and achieved inclusion of transgender-health-related services in university insurance coverage, coordinated CU’s sponsorship of and representation in Denver’s PrideFest, and co-hosted multiple intersectional symposia in collaboration with the EMAC (Ethnic and Minority Affairs) Committee.

This year, the committee is focusing on a couple of policy initiatives.

First, the committee will continue its work advocating for the opportunity for employees to voluntarily disclose information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Students have recently been provided with the ability to disclose this information, and the committee would like employees to have the same option.

The committee also is working this year on developing a more streamlined process for transitioning individuals to update their relevant information within all of the university’s system, and creating resources to help folks navigate the process.

The committee also would like to remind everyone of this year’s Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13-20) and the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience on Nov. 20. This day memorializes all transgender and non-binary individuals killed each year due to violent transphobia, and emphasizes the strength of trans and gender-nonconforming communities of color.

Out Boulder has information regarding Transgender Awareness Week ( More information about the Transgender Day of Remembrance is available at and, and about Transgender Day of Resilience at

Finally, the Committee will be hosting a lunch at each of the four CU campuses over the course of the year to meet faculty who may be interested in joining us and discussing specific LGBTQ+ issues on each campus. Be on the lookout for an invitation to the lunch on your campus.

2018-19 Committee Membership

 Lauren Fontana, Co-Chair  CU Denver, Office of Equity, School of Public Affairs
 Matt Brown, Co-Chair  CU Boulder, Sociology
 Jan Gascoigne  CU Anschutz, Public Health
 Rita Lee  CU Anschutz, Medicine
 Mary Dinger  CU Anschutz, Public Health
 Katherine Frasca  CU Anschutz, Medicine
 Kenton Owsley  CU Anschutz, Medicine
 Scarlet Bowen  CU Boulder, Center for Inclusion and Social Change
 Steven Frost  CU Boulder, Media, Communication and Information
 Deborah Tuffield  CU Colorado Springs, Nursing
 David Bondelevitch  CU Denver, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
 Ed Cannon  CU Denver, Education and Human Development
 Joanne Addison  CU Denver, English*
 Karissa Stolen  CU Denver, Office of Equity
 Kaelin Alexander  CU Denver, University Communications*
 Darren Chavez  CU System, Office of Academic Affairs Liaison*

*Nonvoting member

All Faculty Council committees have representatives from the CU system and each of the campuses. Please direct any questions to LGBTQ+ Committee co-chairs Lauren Fontana ( and Matt Brown (

The Faculty Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Committee website: