What We Do
The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Faculty and Staff Network is to enhance the campus climate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) by promoting social justice, providing education, and fostering community among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual,and other gender and sexual minority (LGBTQIA+) faculty and staff and allies on the LMU campus. The LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network strives to collaborate with LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) and other LGBTQIA+-related faculty, staff, and student entities on campus and all interested individuals to advocate for and promote LGBTQIA+ success, equality, and inclusion.
In December 2006, the Intercultural Advisory Committee voted to formally recognize an Ethnic Minority and LGBTQ Faculty Staff Network at LMU. The umbrella network supported the ongoing work of more specific networks in response to the concerns and needs of diverse faculty and staff. The plan outlined by the IAC called for formalizing and recognizing at least four faculty/staff networks that will be supported by this umbrella network. (These are the Latina/o, African American, Asian Pacific Islander and LGBTQ networks). These different affiliate groups eventually were subsumed under the Vice President's Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA), which became renamed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In 2008, the LGBTQ affiliate group was co-founded by Rich Rocheleau and Lilly Khadjavi and called the Gay-Straight Network. The group was later renamed to the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network to reflect a more inclusive community.
Our bylaws provide the foundation for The Network and a structure upon which to base our work. Our current Bylaws, established Fall 2021, can be found below: