Starting with the Stonewall Uprising in June 1969, Pride Month both celebrates and commemorates the achievements made by LGBTQ+ activists over the years. In honor of this month of reflection, we are spotlighting three faculty members who are doing some incredible advocacy work here on campus and out in the community. Read on to learn more about how they are making a difference in research, public policy, workplace equity and campus culture.
For more than 30 years on campus, LGBTQ Studies Program Co-Director Lisa Moore has played a key role in helping the university reach some major milestones on campus—including the creation of the Pride and Equity Faculty-Staff Association and the university’s extension of same-sex spouse benefits. Now, Moore is continuing to make an impact on DEI policies as co-chair of the provost’s Council for LGBTQ+ Access, Equity, and Inclusion.
Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Stephen Russell was among the first researchers to publish population-based studies focusing on the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ youth. Now, he is one of the nation’s leading scholars in this field. In addition to his research, he serves as co-chair—alongside Moore—for the provost’s Council on LGBTQ+ Faculty Access, Equity and Inclusion.
Steve Hicks School of Social Work adjunct assistant professor and proud UT Austin alum Shane Whalley is leading Daring Dialogues at local organizations and nonprofits, helping workplaces become more welcoming and inclusive for all employees and the communities they serve. For several decades, Ze has been making a big impact on campus as a social justice educator and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Interested in supporting the LGBTQ+ community on and off campus? Visit our learning and advocacy resources page to get started.