U. of Kentucky hires director of LGBTQ Resources
The University of Kentucky (UK) has hired Lance Poston its first ever Director of LGBTQ Resources.
Poston told the Kentucky Kernel that his goals are to decrease marginalization and increase visibility of LGBTQ groups, but the plan of action has not yet been determined. Poston wants to move away from a “solely student-led movement” and turn the actions into an administrative, professional office. He plans to retire the names “outsource” and “LGBTQ Task Force” used in former student groups and campus initiatives to help with this change. Poston also launched social media and online advocacy campaigns in order to reach students, faculty, and staff.
According to a post on UK’s Office of LGBTQ Resources, “the office will focus on community building, education, and advocacy related to diverse sexualities and gender identities and will serve as a central hub for LGBTQ related initiatives on all parts of the UK campus.”
Poston will meet with campus leaders and student organizations over the summer in order to figure out the best way to move forward with the office.
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Director of Sexual Health Promotion Lab Dr. Kristen Mark told the Kentucky Kernel that UK has “needed a director in order to make the kind of progress we are capable of making on this campus. It provides a unified voice and demonstrates that our campus is paying attention to diversity needs.”
Poston graduated from Ohio University where he studied the history of gender and sexuality, and went on to serve as a faculty member at Ohio University’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.
This is the first time the university has hired a professional staff to lead an LGBTQ movement on campus.
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