Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression

The Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, formerly the Commission on Gay Men and Lesbian Women, is a council of the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. The council promotes the development of social work curriculum materials and faculty growth opportunities relevant to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and the experiences of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit. The council also works for the full participation of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit in social work education, facilitating mentorship of students and junior faculty who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit and offering assistance and consultation to educators and students concerning issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Charge from the Commission

The Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression shall have the following functions:

  1. to further the development and availability of social work education curriculum materials and faculty development opportunities related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (including all of the individual and systemic issues associated with them) and the experiences of persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit;
  2. to recommend policy statements, procedures, and activities that advance inclusion and affirmation within social work education of persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit;
  3. to facilitate mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit; and
  4. to identify and advocate for change of any policies, procedures, or activities that impede full and affirming participation within CSWE and social work education by persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit;
  5. to offer consultation and assistance to social work educators and students concerning issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in social work education and the experiences of persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit.


Committee Board
Chair Person
Committee Members
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  • Susan Saltzburg
    Associate Professor
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
    Chair
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Edward J. Alessi
    Assistant Professor
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Newark Campus
    Newark, NJ
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Tyler Arguello
    Adjunct Faculty
    California State University, Sacramento
    Sacramento, CA
    Councilor
    08/14/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Jean E. Balestrery
    Faculty
    University of Michigan
    St. Louis Park, MN
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Franklin Brooks
    Practitioner & Chair of NASW Maine Chapter
    Portland, ME
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Dalton Connally
    Assistant Professor
    Oakland University
    Rochester, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Shelley Craig
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON, CANADA
    Councilor
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2016
  • Catherine Crisp
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Little Rock, AR
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Michael Dentato
    Assistant Professor
    Loyola University Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    Councilor
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • Marcie Fisher-Borne
    Assistant Professor
    North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, NC
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Mark Giesler
    Assistant Professor
    Saginaw Valley State University
    University Center, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • Ian Holloway
    Assistant Professor
    University of California at Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Batya Hyman
    BSW Program Director
    Salisbury University
    Salisbury, MD
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • George A. Jacinto
    Associate Professor
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando, FL
    Councilor
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2016
  • Rod Michael Jones
    Doctoral Student
    Morgan State University
    Lanham, MD
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • K. Abel Knochel
    Practitioner
    St. Paul, MN
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Carmen Logie
    Assistant Professor
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Lucy Mercier
    Associate Professor
    Saginaw Valley State University
    University Center, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Lori Messinger
    Professor and Director
    University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Wilmington, NC
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Peter Newman
    Professor
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON, ON, Canada
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2014
  • Stephen Lee Rassi
    Lecturer
    University of Michigan-Flint
    Fenton, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2011 - 06/30/2014
  • Lacey Sloan
    Associate Professor
    College of Staten Island
    Staten Island, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • N. Eugene Walls
    Assistant Professor
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015