lBGTQIA+ University Caucus Mission
The mission of the LGBTQIA+ University Caucus is to promote the equity, empowerment, and success of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff by fostering a safe campus environment; developing, suggesting,and supporting inclusive policies and curriculum; supporting LGBTQIA+ recruitment and retention initiatives; and promoting social and educational opportunities to meaningfully engage with the University community.
The Caucus will make recommendations to appropriate channels with the University when concerns arise regarding these areas. These functions are in keeping with and enhancing the mission of West Chester University.
If you are interested in joining the LGBTQIA+ Caucus, please email LGBTQIACaucus@wcupa.edu.
|Liam Oliver Lair (he/him)||Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies||Faculty Co-Chair|
|Beth Shearn (she/her)||Program Coordinator, Graduate Social Work||Staff Co-Chair|
|Karen Dickinson (she/her)||Professor, Department of Counselor Education||Member|
|Summer Davey (she/her)||Assistant Director of Admissions and International Outreach||Member|
|Justin Sprague (he/him)||Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies||Member|
|Julie Tennille (she/her)||Associate Professor, Graduate Social Work||Member|
|Jen Bacon (she/her)||Dean, College of Arts and Humanities||Member|
|Orkideh Mohajeri (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations & Policy Studies||Member|
|Meg Panichelli (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Social Work||Member|
|Meredith Foster (she/her)||Technology Generalist, Francis Harvey Green Library||Member|
|Jason Vanfosson (he/him)||Assistant Professor, English||Member|
|Jackie Hodes (she/her)||Professor, Educational Foundations & Policy Studies||Member|
|Meg Hazel (she/her)||Assistant Director, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Investigator, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion||Member|
|Pier Cicerelle (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Graduate Social Work||Member|
|Lesley Siegel (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Special Education||Member|
|Brie Radis (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Social Work||Member|
|Tess Benser (they/them)||Assistant Director of Outreach & Engagement, Center for Women & Gender Equity||Member|
|Meg Hoffer-Collins (they/them)||Instructor/Psychologist, Department of Counseling & Psychological Services||Member|
|Jenna Bossert (they/she)||Special Collections Technician at University Libraries||Member|
|Jason A. Bartles (he/him)||Associate Professor, Department of Language and Cultures||Member|
|Carolyn Sorisio (she/they)||Professor, English||Member|
|Peter Loedel (he/him)||Professor, Political Science||Member|
|Leigh Robinson (he/him)||Assistant Director of Data Administration, College of Education & Social Work, Assessment Office||Member|
|David Thomas (he/him)||Director and Assistant Professor, Office of Educational Accessibility||Member|
|Nicholas Provenzale (he/him)||Assistant Professor, Voice & Opera Studies||Member|
|Michelle Gherardi (she/her)||Adjunct Professor, Graduate Public Policy and Administration||Member|
|Clayton Kolb (he/him)||Director, Sykes Union and Student Activities||Member|
|Beth Foster (she/her)||Associate Professor, Adapted Physical Activity||Member|
|Michele Cooper (she/her)||Clinician in the Counseling Center||Member|
|Amanda Thomas (she/her)||Executive Director for Assessment and Planning||Member|
|Thomas Kwiatkowski (he/him)||Professor in Biochemistry||Member|
|Jackie Owens (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Nursing||Member|
|Chrissy Riccardo (she/her)||Assistant Professor, Nutrition||Member|
|Jeremiah Daudert (he/him/they)||Foreman, Project Work Force||Member|
|Kelly Fisher (she/her)||Associate Faculty, Human Rights Management||Member|
|Sarah Hyson (she/her)||Adjunct Faculty, English||Member|
|Melissa Cichowicz (she/her)||Assistant Department Chair, Chemistry||Member|
|Tina Alessandria (she/her)||Professor, Counselor Education||Member|
|Kim Johnson (she/her)||Associate Professor, Mathematics||Member|
|Kelsey Organ (she/her)||Associate Director of Candidate Services, College of Education & Social Work||Member|
|Elizabeth Grillo (she/her)||Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders||Member|
|Katrina Kelly (she/her)||Assistant Director of Financial Aid||Member|
|Lydia Lynes (she/her)||Area Coordinator, Residence Life||Member|
|Frank Stern (he/him)||Student Success Coordinator, Registrar's Office||Member|
|Jules Walls (they/them)||Assistant to the Associate Dean, College of Arts & Humanities||Member|
|Dean Johnson (he/him)||Professor of Philosophy/Director of Peace & Conflict Studies||Member|
|Nick Snyder (he/him)||Assistant Director, Graduate School Admissions||Member|
|Sam Brooks (they/them)||Adjunct Professor, Women's & Gender Studies||Member|
|Ari Sussman (he/him)||Adjunct Professor, Music Theory & Composition||Member|
|Kate Stewart (she/Her)||Professor, Art + Design||Member|
|Michael Hill (he/him)||Adjunct Faculty, Communication and Media||Member|
|Rebecca Grisillo (she/her)||Assistant Dean/Budget Manager, College of Sciences & Mathematics||Member|
|Alex Reed (they/them)||Member|
|Karin Gedge (she/her)||Professor, Secondary Social Studies||Member|
|Nicole Bobbert (she/her)||Manager, Accounts Payable||Member|
|Jordan Stokes (he/him)||Assistant Professor, Music Theory, History, & Composition||Member|
|Dave Barry (he/him)||Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education||Member|
|Megan Schoettler (she/her)||Assistant Professor, English||Member|
|Shannon McCabe (she/her)||Senior Accountant, WCU Foundation||Member|
|Barrett McGee (he/him)||Associate Director of Student Activities||Member|
|Reva Zimmerman (she/her)||Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders||Member|
|Ryan Monaghan (he/him)||Adjunct Faculty, Literacy Department||Member|
We also recognize the members of the LGBTQIA+ University Caucus that do not wish to be publicly recognized on the website. Their contributions to the efforts of the Caucus do not go unacknowledged and we are grateful for their support.
To view a copy of the Caucus bylaws, click here .
Please check back for upcoming events.
1st Amendment FAQs
Sometimes we have uninvited guests on our campus. We call these groups “uninvited guests” because they do not share the university’s values and because we do not want to give groups like this any more public recognition than necessary. Some of these groups are not here to engage in dialogue or make a genuine effort to affect change. Instead, they create conflict and sow division within our community. We encourage you to avoid engaging with them if you pass by them on the quad, or avoid those areas of campus altogether.
1st Amendment FAQ
Created by Dr. Chris Stangl
Updated October 24, 2019
Why are uninvited guests permitted to show up on campus and present whatever message they choose to?
As a public school, a sizable part of the West Chester campus is considered a “public forum,” or space “devoted to assembly and debate.”
Wait, so these groups can show up pretty much anywhere on campus and do what they do?
Not entirely. There are three levels to public forum doctrine: 1) public forum, 2) limited public forum, and 3) nonpublic forum. While these legal concepts are quite complex, for purposes of the kinds of issues we have been addressing, it is sufficient to note that any open area or sidewalk on campus is likely a public forum. Basically, if a resident of the borough can walk their dog there, it’s probably a public forum, and individuals or groups are permitted to express their own views in such areas.
But West Chester has a Values Statement.
We do. However, the Values Statement cannot violate the First Amendment, which means that, when it comes to a public forum, West Chester must observe the principle of viewpoint neutrality. This means that WCU cannot pick and choose what perspectives it permits to be expressed on any topic of debate and which it does not. [In limited circumstances, WCU could restrict expression on all viewpoints on a general area of content, but this is subject to a very stringent test that would be almost impossible to be meet in situations when uninvited guests appear on the quad.]
So there are no regulations? Anything goes?
The classic regulations permitted are those of time, place, and manner. However, the middle of the day is clearly a reasonable time for expression and the quad is clearly reasonable place for expression, so that leaves only manner. Regulations on “manner” are permissible, but this does not mean that WCU may prohibit language it views as rude or inflammatory, or prohibit the use of large posters, each of which would likely run afoul of viewpoint neutrality requirements. A reasonable manner restriction means something like prohibition of bullhorns, microphones, speakers, etc.
What about “fighting words” though?
Fighting words is a category of speech that is not afforded First Amendment protection. However, the definition of fighting words—words that cause harm by merely being stated or that are tantamount to incitement of a breach of the peace—is very limited and has been defined almost out of existence by subsequent Supreme Court decisions. These decisions have regularly found speech restrictions to violate the First Amendment for reasons of vagueness (a reasonable person couldn’t tell what speech is allowed and what speech isn’t), overbreadth (even if a regulation is permitted in a particular case, it is written in such a way that it may be unconstitutional if applied to a different party and/or it covers substantially more expression than it needs to), or both.
If you have experience harassment or discrimination based on who are, you can submit a report to the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Additionally, if you ever want to touch base with a caucus member, please reach out to any one of us for support.