The LGBTQIA+ Association’s mission is to foster a safe and supportive campus climate, in which LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff members and students will feel welcome and will be able to live their lives openly and with pride.
The purpose of the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Allies + Faculty and Staff Association is to improve the climate for diversity within the University and to advocate for issues affecting the welfare of LGBTQIA+ members of the University community. We, as faculty and staff of the University of Central Oklahoma, do affirm our unanimous belief in a commitment to the future of the University of Central Oklahoma. We further believe in the advancement of LGBTQIA+ Faculty, staff and students, and our full participation in the pursuit of the mission of the University. Therefore, to manifest our commitment to the well being of the University and the Edmond and metropolitan Oklahoma City community, we hereby establish the University of Central Oklahoma LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association. This Association shall hereafter be governed by the following constitution and bylaws and subsequent amendments thereto.
The LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association serves to improve the climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the UCO community through examination of current policies and practices and through the initiation and promotion of programs which will result in a more equitable and supportive environment. This is accomplished through our current standing committees and through the initiation of ad hoc committees for special topics.
- To provide faculty and staff members with educational programming and training opportunities that focus on LGBTQIA+ issues so that we may be informed and effective advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community at UCO and be effective teachers and mentors of LGBTQIA+ students;
- To address issues of recruitment, retention and graduation of LGBTQIA+ students;
- The identification of areas in which new or revised policies, program, and/or procedures are needed to assure that such persons have full freedom of opportunity within the University, and help remove barriers that impede learning, development, creativity, or employment;
- The evaluation of the efficiency of present University programs, policies, and procedures as they affect members of the LGBTQIA+ communities;
- To support student-focused programming that addresses LGBTQIA+ issues and that promotes respect for and constructive engagement with diversity in areas including sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity and expression;
- To engage in appropriate fund raising activities to provide continuing support for LGBTQIA+ programs and scholarship opportunities;
- To collaborate with other faculty and staff organizations to promote diversity and inclusion in every area of the campus community;
- To act as a liaison between the UCO community and LGBTQIA+ individuals and organizations within the metropolitan Oklahoma City community.