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LGBTQ Working Group

 Mission and Purpose Statement

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Working Employee Resource Group is to facilitate conversations and actions that increase and sustain an affirming campus climate for individuals and groups from a diversity of gender expressions and sexual orientations. Further, we promote dialogue around gender and sexuality that are supportive and educational in support of the University mission and values.

To this end, the purposes of the working group include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify and analyze needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community
  • Determine opportunities for education of the university community on issues of gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Support and optimize existing programs, resources, and organizations that address diversity around gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Suggest and assist in designing new programming resources and organizations as necessary
  • Provide visibility for LGBTQ individuals, concerns, and conversations
  • Advise the administration on policies to promote inclusive and nurturing environments for the LGBTQ community
  • Help attract and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Advocate and protect the rights of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff

In carrying out this mission, we seek and represent a variety of voices from various stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.


WCU Resources

Camp Annex, 114 East University Way
828.227.7301 Non-Emergency Line
828.227.8911 Emergency Line (Also used for counselor-on-call)

Offers individual counseling and groups (including Rainbow Room LGBTQ support group)
225 Bird Building

227 AK Hinds University Center

Scott Hall East

Bird Building

LGBTQ+ student organization

Asheville Resources

An annual festival held in Asheville to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

An organization that provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender individuals.

Support group provided by Tranzmission for transgender individuals and their loved ones.

An organization that provides support for individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families, provides education to prevent the further spread of the disease.


An agency that provides inclusive and comprehensive health care services for transgender individuals and individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Advocacy and support organization for LGBTQIA+ youth, 14-23 years old.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to one of our members listed below, or
submit your comments and questions

Name Title Department
Erin Callahan Assistant Professor  English
Chris Dahlquist Human Resources
Human Resources & Pay Roll
Troi Davis Student; SGA Director of Diversity & Inclusion Student Government Association
Scott Eldridge Associate Professor Communication
Yancey Gulley Associate Professor. Higher Education Student Affairs
Jay Manalo Associate Professor Counseling & Psychological Services
Dean Paulk Student Services Specialist Center for Career & Professional Development
Amy McKenzie Administrative Support Specialist Philosophy & Religion


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