MSU administration addresses QSA’s demands

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) sent a letter to President Waded Cruzado stating their demands for a more inclusive campus. The letter prompted meetings with members of the administration to discuss QSA’s requests.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, representatives from QSA met with Dean of Students Matt Caires, Vice President for Student Success Chris Kearns, Diversity Awareness

Office Manager Ariel Donohue, Vice President for Finance and Administration Terry Leist and Executive Director of University Communications Tracy Ellig. During the meeting, the administration committed to creating a job posting for an LGBTQIA-specific staff member in the Diversity Awareness Office by March 1. They also identified nine bathrooms on campus that could be converted to gender-neutral facilities with only a signage change, and the administration agreed to work with the University Facilities Planning Board to pursue making this change.

With regard to students being able to change their preferred name in the university database, it was determined that it would take up to three years for students to be able to change their names in Banner, which is a national system. However, it would be possible for students to change their preferred name on class rosters by the end of the year. Additionally, LGBTQIA students would be able to request accepting roommates by Fall 2017.