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
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  • Shelley Craig
    Faculty
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON, CANADA
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2017
  • Michael Dentato
    Assistant Professor
    Loyola University Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • 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
    Assistant Professor
    California State University, Sacramento
    Sacramento, CA
    Councilor
    08/14/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Ashley Michelle Austin
    Assistant Professor
    Barry University
    Miami Shores, FL
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Jean E. Balestrery
    Faculty Fellow
    Mayo Clinic
    St. Louis Park, MN
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Dalton Connally
    Assistant Professor
    Oakland University
    Rochester, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/02/2015
  • Lake Dziengel
    Assistant Professor
    University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Minneapolis, MN
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Marcie Fisher-Borne
    Assistant Professor
    North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, NC
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Jayleen Galarza
    Faculty
    Shippensburg University
    Shippensburg, PA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Mark Giesler
    Assistant Professor
    Saginaw Valley State University
    University Center, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • Tameca Harris-Jackson
    Assistant Professor
    Texas A&M University-Central Texas
    KILLEEN, TX
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • 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
  • Terrence O. Lewis
    Assistant Professor
    West Chester University
    West Chester, PA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Carmen Logie
    Assistant Professor
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Natasha Mendoza
    Assistant Professor
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York
    Buffalo, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Megan Paceley
    Doctoral Student
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Peggy Pittman-Munke
    Interim Director and Associate Professor
    Murray State University
    Murray, KY
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Stephen Lee Rassi
    Lecturer
    University of Michigan-Flint
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2011 - 06/30/2017
  • Bruce Reeves
    Director of Field Education
    University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, ND
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Susan Saltzburg
    Associate Professor
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
    Councilor
    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2015
  • Lacey Sloan
    Associate Professor
    College of Staten Island
    Staten Island, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Alex Wagaman
    Assistant Professor
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA

    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • N. Eugene Walls
    Assistant Professor
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015