LGBTQ Initiatives

Commission Purpose and Charge

The purpose of the Presidential Commission on LGBTQ Initiatives is to serve as an advisory body to the President and other University officials for matters of concern to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning persons across the University. The LGBTQ initiative will provide welcoming, visible, and tangible support to ensure that the University's programs and services are inclusive. The Commission will assist the University in developing a vision and perform its charge by recommending, developing, and/or initiating plans, programs, strategies, and resources pertaining to the LGBTQ community.

More specifically, the commission is tasked with:

  1. Assisting University officials in developing a vision and proactive strategies for addressing issues and concerns of LGBTQ persons on campus;

  2. Fashioning a proactive set of conversations, programs, and initiatives to guide the university's strategic emphases;

  3. Providing advice on approaches that will contribute to KSU's goals of becoming a national leader in the higher education community with regard to how the University deals with issues and concerns related to LGBTQ persons and other underrepresented groups; and

  4. Identifying and suggesting other activities, actions, and policies that will lead to an increased understanding and acceptance of diverse viewpoints and perspectives between and among different members and groups of KSU's diverse community.

All Commissions are charged by and report to the President through the University's Chief Diversity Officer.

  • Academic Year 2018-2019


    Brandon Jackson (Co-Chair)
    Charles Dickens (Co-Chair)

    Student Representatives

  • January
    Date: January 10, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    Location: Prillaman Hall 4100

    Date: February 7, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    Location: Prillaman Hall 4100

    Date: March 7, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    Location: Prillaman Hall 4100

    Date: April 4, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    Location: Prillaman Hall 4100

    Date: May 2, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
    Location: Prillaman Hall 4100

  • To request a copy of past meeting minutes, please email Erica Brown,
  • USG Health Insurance Policy: It was discovered that health insurance providers offer the option to cover gender transition procedures and gender dysphoria upon request from employers. The commission recommended that KSU contact the University System of Georgia (USG) to request the inclusion health insurance coverage for gender transition and gender dysphoria to existing health plans. An update on the progress of this will be requested in Fall Semester 2016.

    Preferred Names: The commission identified a need to allow the use of preferred names on university online classroom programs (D2L Bright Space). The process to include this as an option for students has begun and an update will be requested in Fall Semester 2016.