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LGBTQ+ Education and Advocacy Council

LGBTQ+ Education and Advocacy Council

Charge: To provide visionary leadership, education, and advocacy necessary to cultivate an equitable, inclusive, and supportive climate for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community members of all sexual identities. More specifically, the Council will meet four community needs:

  1. Educate the University community members about challenges and issues faced by LBGTQ faculty, staff, and students;
  2. Affirm the lives, experiences, and presence of LBGTQ faculty, staff, and students at the University;
  3. Advocate to ensure an environment of safety, equity, and respect for individuals of all sexual and gender identities; and
  4. Evaluate the UW Oshkosh members’ efforts toward these ends including an assessment of the effectiveness, impact, and outcomes of the LBGTQ Education and Advocacy Council.

Composition: 15 Members: Administrative – 1, Advisor, Rainbow Alliance of HOPE – 1, Faculty – 6, Academic Staff – 3, University Staff – 2, Students – 2. Student representation will be determined in the beginning of the fall semester; students will serve a one-year term with the possibility of re-appointment.

Ideally, the council will have members representing the following groups: (a) all colleges, (b) Dean of Students Office, (c) Counseling Center, (d) Women’s Center, (e) Residence Hall Leadership, (f) Reeve Union Board, (g) Rainbow Alliance for HOPE (h) Oshkosh Student Association, and (i) Multicultural Education Center.

Chair: Co-chairs chosen by the committee to serve staggered two-year terms.


Name (year appointed)DepartmentPhone Ext.EmailTerm Exp.
Bullington, Grady (2011)COLS-M/S (Mathematics)7351bulling2023
DeArmond, Sarah (2019)COB (Human Resources)7192dearmons2022
Corley, Kathleen (2012)COLS-Hum (Religious Studies)7383corley2021
Harper, Amney (2010)COEHS1423harpera2013
Fischer, Thomas (2019)COEHS7237fischert2022
Michalski, Shelly (2011)COLS-M/S (Biology)7082michalsk2023
Academic Staff
Palmer, John (2016)Dean of Students Office3100palmerj2022
Danielson, Lisa (2019)Registrar's Office4077danielsn2022
Marshall, Rich (2020); co-chairAcademic Advising2181marshalr2023
University Staff
Bain, Amanda (2019)COEHS1147beahm2021
Nason, Jennifer (2017)University Books and More2385nasonj2022
Gowen, LizzieOSAgowinl91
Swanks, CapriceOSAswankc63
Rainbow Alliance for Hope
Cannon, Liz (2020); co-chairRainbow Alliance for Hope3462cannon
Schrader, PatriciaEquity and Affirmative Action1536schraderp

Educational Values Statement of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities

We, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh2, do affirm the following values related to students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities1.

  1. We value fair and accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity in textbooks, other classroom materials, and discussions.
  2. We value unbiased information about the historical and continuing contributions of persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in all subject areas, including but not limited to art, business, education, government, health, history, literature, politics, religion, science, and sports.
  3. We value positive role models, both in person and in the curriculum.
  4. We value accurate information about students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, free of negative judgment, delivered by trained adults who not only inform but affirm; we value individuals in the campus community who educate themselves in issues related to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.3
  5. We value schools free of verbal and physical harassment, where education, not survival, is the priority.
  6. We value inclusion in support programs that exist to help students be successful in college life and beyond, including acknowledging, addressing, and embracing sexual orientation and gender identity needs.
  7. We value campus programming that affirms diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  8. We value speaking out against and reporting discrimination of any kind that students experience or witness.
  9. We value schools where respect and dignity for all students, including students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, is a standard expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and students at UW Oshkosh and throughout the UW system and where discrimination of any kind is always challenged.

1. The language “diverse sexual orientations and gender identities” is intended to be as inclusive as possible. It is intended to embrace myriad orientations and identities, understanding that many individuals prefer no labels at all. The most common orientations and identities at the time of the adoption of this statement include (but are not limited to): Agender, androgynous, asexual, bisexual, demisexual, FTM, gay, genderqueer, homophile, homosexual, intersex, lesbian, metrosexual, MTF, omnisexual, pansexual, polyamourous, pomosexual, queer, questioning, trans, trans man, trans woman, transfeminine, transgender, transman, transmasculine, transwoman, two spirit.
2. Adopted by the four UWO governing bodies in November and December 2013
3. This document is an affirmation of values. Persons in the university community who wish to educate themselves further should seek out resources, both on and off campus. At the time of adoption, there are a number of campus resources available to the campus community including SAFE Training, LGBTQ Resource Center, LGBTQ Education and Advocacy Council, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Inclusive Excellence Council, and U-Matter.

Scholarships and awards

Through the LGBTQ Council and the University of Wisconsin there multiple awards and scholarships awarded each year. Click on each link below to get more information and nominate individuals for each award.

LGBTQ+ Scholarship Award

This $250 scholarship is awarded at Lavender Graduation in May of each year. Applications due in November of each year. Learn about the LGBTQ+ Scholarship Award on AcademicWorks.

LGBTQ+ Ally Award

The LGBTQ+ Ally Award recognizes a UW Oshkosh employee for their excellence in leadership, advocacy, and support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Nominate an individual for the LGBTQ+ Ally Award here.

If you were nominated by someone for the LGBTQ+ Ally Award, please fill out this form.

Queer and Trans Faculty/Staff Award

The purpose of the UW Oshkosh Queer and Trans Faculty/Staff Award is to recognize a queer staff or faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for their excellence in advocacy, teaching, service, leadership, and/or research on behalf of people of LGBTQ+ identities.

Nominate an individual for the Queer and TransFaculty/Staff Award here.

If you were nominated by someone for the Queer and Trans Faculty/Staff Award, please fill out this form.

Contact Us

LGBTQ+ Resource Center
717 W. Irving Ave.
(920) 424-3465