The Queer Students Coordinating Committee offers guidance, insight and advice to SDI regarding programs and services for the LGBTQIA+ Texas State campus. Additionally, the QSACC also helps to coordinate and plan programs and services sponsored by the SDI office. QSACC is comprised of students who represent the university, graduate divisions, and professional schools. The purpose of the Student Coordinating Board is to:
- Create Awareness of important issues related to diversity and inclusion to the SDI office.
- Develop NEW ways to engage and support students.
- In consultation with the Coordinator, communicate with University leadership when needed or appropriate and promote collaboration.
Goals and Objectives
- Provide feedback to the SDI office at regularly scheduled meetings on University-wide issues, including topics pertaining to the health and wellness, social, emotional, academic, and professional needs of LGBTQIA+ students and identify opportunities for collaboration with student organizations.
- Support the Coordinator in advocating for the concerns of LGBTQIA+ student communities, in partnership with SDI, to the University administration and the student body.
- Advise SDI in its pursuit of student development for LGBTQIA+ students by providing feedback on programming (health and wellness, social, cultural, and academic), engagement with the community (students, faculty, and staff), and support services.
- Advocate for, stand in solidarity with, and support LGBTQIA+ students through the lens of social justice and intersectionality.
- Create forums and seek invitations for the student body to offer input and express concerns related to diversity and inclusion.
- Identify University stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff, and engage with these partners to promote SDI’s mission and objectives.
Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability
QSACC will consist of 10-12 members who are expected to participate in all council meetings and contribute to standing committees (when created) and program planning. The Coordinating Board is deliberate about seeking students from a wide variety of identities within the LGBTQIA+ community as well as schools and divisions. There will be 3 meetings per semester.
QSACC members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the Coordinator and/or staff in advance. Members who miss more than 2 meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down in order to ensure continuity.
Each QSACC member will serve for one academic year, with the opportunity to reapply. There are no term limits, as experience and familiarity with University structures are important assets.
Returning applicants will be asked to reflect on their involvement over the past year of service, including attendance at meetings, active participation, and personal/professional growth. SDI will review written materials and make final decisions.
Membership in QSACC is open to all Texas State University students who meet the following guidelines:
- must be enrolled at Texas State University with no less than 6 hours
- must maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA
- must be available to serve on the committee for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring)
- are encouraged to have the passion for or prior experience with leadership development, program planning, or student organizations
- must have ability to strive in a high-paced and dynamic, office atmosphere
- must have attended Advocat’s Ally training
- must be in good academic and judicial standing according to university policy.
- Attend public campus forums (1 per semester)
- Attend Monthly council meetings (or as otherwise determined needed) (3 meetings per semester)
- Serve as a resource and advocate impacting LGBTQIA+ issues
- With guidance from the Coordinator, help create, plan, and coordinate LGBTQIA+ events and services
- Serve as a positive and professional student leader
QSACC Positions Available:
- Chair (to be appointed after Council is formed)
- Representative (number of positions dependent on representation needed from campus community/organizations)
- No more than one representative from an organization will serve on the council