AACRAO LGBTQIA Caucus

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    Steven E. Smith, University Registrar, Adelphi University

    Steven Smith CCAACRAO's LGBTQIA Caucus holds a very special place in my heart. I spent my early years in the closet and at my first Annual Meeting, I walked past the Caucus meeting three times but couldn't gather the courage to walk in. I timidly took that step at my second conference and my life changed forever; attending that Caucus meeting was the first public thing I ever did as a gay person. The people I met that day are now some of the best friends I have, in fact, years later one of them flew half-way across the country to attend my wedding!  

    Joining the Caucus gave me the courage to come out at home and work. It has connected me with some fabulous colleagues whom I contact regularly by phone, email, and social media. It has informed me about many issues that I thought I knew well, but realized I had more to learn. The three-year stint that I served as chair is one of my fondest memories. The LGBTQIA Caucus has been an important part of my life and I encourage those who identify with any of those letters (including the "A" allies!) to be a part of this important group. 

     


    Carrie Cuy, Assistant Registrar, Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

    Carrie Cuy CCDiscovering the LGBTQIA caucus was a highlight for me during AACRAO’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

     


    As a new member, I found the caucus to be a welcoming and friendly group of higher education colleagues. I look forward to participating in future AACRAO and caucus events and fostering a supportive environment for knowledge sharing and professional development in our field.

    Michael N. Robertson, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services, Southern College of Optometry

    Mike Robertson CC
    When a small group of us helped found the LGBTQ Caucus many years ago, one of our main goals was to simply give “folks like us” a place where we could be ourselves  and share common goals, issues and concerns.  Now, we’ve evolved into a strong group whose added goal of educating our constituency about LGBTQ issues on campuses has made differences at colleges around the world.  The caucus has made me proud of AACRAO and has helped make me a better administrator.  For that, I will always be grateful.

    Stephen Arod Shirreffs, Ph.D., Associate Registrar, Stanford University

    Stephen Arod Shirreffs CC
    I'm in the LGBTQIA caucus because I think visibility is a core value as an engaged gay man and as an engaged AACRAO member. I've been involved in the gay movement since the early 70s, the heady days of gay liberation. Now, as our profession as well as our campuses are more diverse than ever, being "out there" says it loud and proud that we all belong and everyone is welcome. As AACRAO advocates for the issues that are critical to our jobs, having the public backing of our caucus is important work, and I want to be part of it.

    Allen Corben, Assistant Registrar/Graduation Services, Fuller Theological Seminary 

    Allen Corben CCI'm in the LGBTQIA caucus because because none of us are free unless all of us are free.

     

     

     

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Black Caucus redefines purpose and builds membership

Apr 15, 2019, 17:10 PM
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Summary : The Black Caucus meets together every year to mentor, collaborate, solve problems and celebrate each other.
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by Kristy Goodwin, Chair of the Black Caucus, and Director, College Pathways Program, Governors State University

This year the Black Caucus kicked off strong with 100+ members and growing. We are redefining our purpose and intentionally working to continue build a solid membership. The caucus has created positions to foster professionals to maintain its members and create new initiatives. With a VP of Membership, and VP of Communications, we are taking steps to position ourselves in an effective and efficient way for members.

The Black Caucus meets together every year to mentor, collaborate, solve problems and celebrate each other as they work in institutions where they continue to be marginalized and silenced. This year, Bianca Thompson, VP of Membership, asked the members what topics would they like to discuss that can help members at their respective institutions.

The Black Caucus was founded on truth, justice and equality. We are a caucus comprised of individuals who serve in many executive positions across the country with a host of knowledge, experience, and passion.

The Black Caucus in 2019 was an example of higher education leaders coming together to express, offer and give their best selves and experiences.

As chair of the caucus, I am excited to be a part of such an influential membership where I work with vice-chair and secretary Roslyn Perry to bring energy and engagement. In efforts to stay engaged as a caucus throughout the year, I look forward to the caucus’s webinars, video chats and quarterly newsletters.
 
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