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Faculty Council Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of People of all genders, gender identities, and gender expression.

Fri, December 7, 2018
Faculty Council Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of People of all genders, gender identities, and gender expression.
Faculty Council

On Monday, November 12 at 2:15pm in Main Building MAI 212, the Faculty Council unanimously passed a resolution that avows and reaffirms the Faculty Council’s commitment to supporting people of all genders, gender identities, and gender expressions in the Austin UT community. This resolution had been written in response to the recent memos from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) redefining gender as a biological and immutable condition determined at birth, a definition that would limit Title IX protections to transgender, non-binary, and intersex people. The drafting of the Faculty Council's resolution coincided with the LGBTQ Studies Program's public response to the memo. 

You can find the resolution and information about the meeting here: https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu/, including the agenda.

For information about the memos, please see the original NYT article that leaked the memos, an opinion piece about the effect of this memo on the intersex community written by a Texan intersex advocate and activist, the LGBTQ Studies response to the memo.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council is the Academic Senate and the guardian of the institution’s commitment to the academic principle of shared governance.  It represents the 3,000 faculty members at UT, as well as students and staff.  Its voting members are directly elected by the faculty and students.  In open meetings, the Faculty Council discusses, evaluates, monitors, and recommends on all University undergraduate curricular changes and degree programs and on a wide array of policies and procedures (Faculty Council website). 

 

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