PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins has announced the creation of a Commission on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation — the first such commission in the university’s history.

The commission is charged with:

Representing the views, needs and concerns of the campus communities related to gender identity and sexual orientation.
·         Identifying and advocating for issues regarding gender identity and sexual orientation as priorities in policymaking at WSU.
·         Advising Rawlins and the interim vice president for equity and diversity Michael Tate on commission issues.
·         Informing campus communities about the university’s policies, initiatives, priorities and plans.
·         Developing and prioritizing action items for the commission and the university from current reports and surveys.
·         Collaborating with other WSU commissions and organizations on equity issues.

“This new commission will have an opportunity to make meaningful change and
influence policy here at WSU,” said Melynda Huskey, director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Allies Program. “I’m looking forward to working with its members.”

The president will appoint 14 members to the commission, including two undergraduate students, two graduate or professional students, two classified staff, two administrative/professionals, two faculty members, one non-campus community representative and three liaisons from the regional campuses.

Nominations for the commission are currently being accepted. A letter of application describing qualifications, experience and interest can be sent to Tom Brigham, Office of the President in French Administration Building, Room 422, or e-mailed to brigham@mail.wsu.edu.