UC President Mark Yudof has appointed Herbie Lee, UCSC vice provost for academic affairs, to serve on a new systemwide committee that will examine "climate and inclusion" issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff in the 10-campus system.
Lee will be an inaugural member of UC's LGBT Task Force, which has been asked to follow up on the work started by members of Yudof's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion. "The creation of this task force will allow for a more complete examination of the recommendations and challenges identified by the [LGBT] work group, including the development of priorities, planning strategies, and expected resource requirements," Yudof wrote in appointing Lee.
The UC task force is expected to convene for the first time in July, at which time members will finalize the group's charge, timeline, and work plan. The task force's initial work is expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.
"I am confident that together we will do all we can to make our campuses more welcoming and inclusive environments for LBGT students, faculty, and staff, as well as for all communities at UC," Yudof said.