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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies Committee 2018

Posted On: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies

The LGBTA Committee helps members of the UMMS campus develop awareness and sensitivity towards LGBT matters. The LGBTA Committee supports LGBTA faculty, staff, and students in the University community. The mission of the committee is to create a visible network of support by serving as a resource for the UMMS LBGT community.

Headed by co-chairs Shawn Morrissey and Kenneth Peterson, PhD, FNP-BC, the LGBTA Committee has had a very productive year. Some of their accomplishments were focused on creating a community presence with increased awareness of LGBT concerns. In regards to this, they held their 6th Annual Convocation Luncheon in September 2017 where over 100 people attended the session on LGBT Awareness for Transgender Individuals, featuring a keynote speech on “Gender Nonconforming Children & Transgender Youth” by Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD. The committee also implemented the LGBT Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) in collaboration with UMMS nursing and medical students and UMMHC patient experience department. They increased their social presence and community engagement through their social networking event in October 2017 for UMMS employees and UMMHC employees, which more than 30 people attended. They also sponsored a community event for UMMS nursing and medical students to engage with local patients as part of 2017 Population Health Clerkship: Access to Quality Health Care and Services in LGBT Communities. They increased cultural competence and enhanced cultural humility by developing and facilitating LGBTA-specific education. They co-sponsored with the CWM Cultural Diversity Committee a “lunch-and-learn” session to preview and discuss a documentary film: Genderf’kation: A Gender Emancipation. The LGBTA committee, for the upcoming year, hopes to increase awareness of LGBT specific concerns and enhance community presence, increase social presence and community engagement, develop LGBT specific cultural competence/humility programming, and promote UMASS Medical School as an ‘Employer of Choice’ and an open and diverse educational institution.