President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs


The mission of the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs is to create a more inclusive and supportive campus and community climate through education, activism, and advocacy for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Commission Membership

Vice Chair – Rick Schulze -
Treasurer – John Gradel -
Jennifer Deitloff -
Gayatri Devi -
Amy Downes -
Rachel Epstein -
Kate Fiegel -
Laura Gardner -
Matt Girton -
Angelic Hardy -
Erin Kennedy -
Shawn O'Dell -
Emily Powell Hodges -
Pamela Ruane -
Lisette Schillig -
Carl Sell -
Kylie Shirk -
Julie Stellfox -
Julie Story -
Denise Tyson -
Elsa Winch -

To become a member please complete a membership form, found here:

There are a variety of committees within the commission:


Identify and advocate for policy related issues on the local, regional, state and national levels. Educate Commission members and campus community regarding policy issues.

Elsa Winch –


Assess educational programs.

Denise Tyson –


Determines fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for our annual Book Awards.

John Gradel –

Lavender Graduation

Coordinate Lavender Graduation ceremonies in December and April.

Dr. Gayatri Devi –


Recruit faculty, staff and students for overall Commission and committees.


President's Award

Coordinate the nominations for the President’s student award given out annually at Spring Convocation.


Programing, Education & Visibility

Identify, schedule and publicize guest speakers, trainers or entertainers. Develop and implement campus awareness activities. Facilitate collaboration among Commission, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Gender Equality & Liberation, and other affiliate groups.

Julie Stellfox


Coordinate, recruit, train and publicize ally program.

Rick Schulze –


The SafeZone Committee encourages students, staff & faculty to participate in private SafeZone trainings. The mission of SafeZone is to help build support networks for LGBTQ individuals seeking a sense of connection to the campus community. Students who feel connected are much more likely to stay and complete their education. Having safe spaces to go where LGBTQ can feel comfortable with self-expression is vital to personal and academic success. Safe Zone Ally programs help reduce discrimination, harassment, and violence nationally reported to impact LGBTQ populations.

To request a training please complete a request form:

Gender & Sexuality Alliance

GSA is a student run organization with a similar directive to the Commission. Students work closely with the Commission, often serving on various committees. GSA events are often co-sponsored by the Commission and are noted as such on the Events Page.

Connect With Us

The Commission is dedicated to educating our audience. Our facebook page shares many educational articles, videos and stories of the LGBT Community. In an effort to educate we have established #TerminologyTuesday. Check us out here:

President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

LHU Gender & Sexuality Alliance

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