LGBTQA Office Reorganization

Wednesday, August 21 2013


The Division of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) is excited to announce that the LGBTQA Office will become its own stand-alone University of Idaho department, effective immediately. The LGBTQA Office will no longer be housed organizationally or fiscally within the Women’s Center. Since the LGBTQA Office’s inception in 2010, it has been an integral part of the Women’s Center team, with the Women’s Center director serving as the department head for both offices.

“The move is a great opportunity for the LGBTQA Office to grow and become a more significant, vocal and visible advocate and source of support for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and ally) students at the University of Idaho,” said Julia Keleher, coordinator for LGBTQA programs and services . “The move will also initiate an even more highly collaborative relationship not only with the Women’s Center, but also with the other departments of DHR, including the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the Native American Student Center, and CAMP.

This structural move will not affect the office’s current location: the LGBTQA Office will remain in the same location in TLC 227. It also will remain a part of the diversity and human rights team, with Keleher reporting directly to Carmen Suarez, chief diversity officer and associate vice-provost for Student Affairs.

The mission of the University of Idaho’s LGBTQA Office is to provide a safe and welcoming space for students and other members of the University community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere. The organizational move will not affect the volume, characteristics, or quality of the events and activities that the LGBTQA Office hosts each academic year in line with this mission. The office will continue to organize events such as the LGBT History Month commemoration in October, which includes the Coming Out Carnival. Other events throughout the year include Transgender Awareness Week, Lavender Graduation, Lavender Lunch and Freedom to Marry Week. The office will also be adding a new monthly conversation series open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members, entitled “Queer Discussions.”

The reorganization was facilitated by Bruce Pitman, dean of students and vice-provost for Student Affairs, and Suarez. For more information, please contact the LGBTQA Office by emailing lgbtoffice@uidaho.edu or calling 208/885.6583. The office’s website is located at: www.uidaho.edu/lgbtqa.