St. Mary's College of Maryland

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Services Advisory Committee

Charge to the Committee:

The LGBTQ Student Services Advisory Committee is charged with establishing programs and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer student community here at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The goals of the Committee are to promote the safety and success of students and enhance the quality of their lives, and to facilitate and support a collaborative approach to establishing programs and services for LGBTQ students.

The LGBTQ Student Services Advisory Committee is charged with examining four specific areas:

  1. Programming (Gaypril, National Coming Out Day, Socials):  Coordinate programs specifically that cater to LGBTQ students in an effort to create supportive environments and promote retention.
  2. Education (Safe Space, Trainings): Develop and coordinate educational efforts that inform the entire campus community regarding LGBTQ issues.
  3. Policy and Procedure Review (Bias Response Protocol, Hate Crimes, Non-discrimination): Review and respond to SMCM policies and procedures that directly affect LGBTQ students.  Guide departments in the creation and implementation of new policies and procedures. 
  4. Services and Resources (Funding, Student Org Support, Health and Counseling Services):  Ensure that LGBTQ student needs are being met through appropriate institutional responses and delivery services.  Support existing resources, increase available resources and facilities ease of access to resources for LGBTQ students.

Committee Make Up:

This should be a standing committee with members to include:

Assistant Director of Student Activities – chair* (Clinton Neill)

Students (2) one being a representative of the undergraduate LGBTQ student organization (TBD)

Faculty (2, with one being from the WGSX program) (Beth Charlebois, Amy Henderson)

Staff (1) member from outside of Student Affairs (Alan Lutton)

Coordinator of Orientation and Service and Social Change* (Lisa Cote)

Faculty/Staff Advisor to the undergraduate LGBTQ student organization* (TBD)

Program Assistant for LGBTQ Student Services* (TBD)

Committee Structure:

Membership would be for one academic year, with the committee meeting once a month.  Membership marked with an asterisk will permanently remain on the committee with the chairperson position permanently held by the Assistant Director of Student Activities. Additional meetings would be arranged as need arises specific to incidents and issues on campus.  Members may be asked to establish subcommittees in order to focus on specific issues.