Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People and Allies
The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People and Allies (CCSLGBTQPA) is an advisory body dedicated to promoting the academic, professional, cultural and social welfare of the LGBTQPA community as well as providing leadership on the history, needs and resources of said population at the University of Illinois at Chicago. To do this, the various subcommittees of the CCSLGBTQPA focus on a variety of facets of UIC life such as representation, climate, policies, services, and practices that affect LGBTQA faculty, staff and students. The CCSLGBTQPA makes recommendations to the chancellor addressing these issues as well as developing, initiating and managing programs that further address the comprehensive concerns of the LGBTQPA community. The CCSLGBTQPA is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with diverse communities on campus and building relationships with off-campus LGBTQPA community organizations in order to help develop and maintain a supportive environment for all members of the university’s diverse population.
The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGB Issues was established in 1991 by Chancellor Stukel. Within two years, the CCSLGBI proposed that an office be established to focus on LGB issues for students, faculty, and staff. Major concerns at that time centered around Climate, Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Benefit Issues, Safe Space, and additional resources and events. The inclusion of transgender people, and all queer people and allies, soon followed.
We continue to be involved with issues involving campus climate, including healthcare in policy and practice, education, public service and outreach, and research.
UIC is among the nation’s most diverse universities. We consider diversity a strength that contributes to the success of our students, staff, faculty, and institutional research. Neither diminished state support nor a more challenging financial environment should deter us from our commitment to diversity.
UIC established the Chancellor’s Status Committees to assist the campus community in supporting our diverse students, faculty, and staff. Every year, faculty, staff, and students are nominated by existing committee members and appointed annually by the Chancellor as an official executive committee member. Their participation reflects the importance of service to the university and reflects the diversity of our campus. Involvement in Status Committee meetings is open to the entire UIC community and supported by the Chancellor thereby considered approved for employee participation. Chancellor Amiridis encourages the campus to call upon the Status Committees to seek their assistance or take part in their efforts.
All Status Committees are administered through UIC’s Office of Diversity.