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Shared Governance plans to combat LGBT bullying

October 27, 2010

The ASM Shared Governance Committee, whose members serve on a wide range of policy-making and advisory committees throughout the university, is forming an action plan to combat LGBT bullying on campus, in response to the recent suicides by LGBT-identified youth.

It is the first time that shared governance leaders can remember the committee organizing collectively around an issue on campus.

“We’re organizing behind this and identifying specific things that we want done,” Shared Governance Chair Kyle VandenLangenberg said. “We’re going to step in unison to accomplish this.”

Members will begin by researching the climate of the campus. After talking to student leaders, professors, professionals, and other members of the campus community about LGBT bullying, they will formulate an action plan with specific goals for each participating Shared Governance Committee.

Student members of about 13 Shared Governance committees could be involved, including the Residence Hall Advisory Board, the LGBT Issues Committee, the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee, and the Athletic Board.

“We want to bring this issue to the spotlight on these committees and institute real cultural change,” VandenLangenberg said.

The committee urges students to get involved in the conversation on their blog:

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