Event Recap | LGBTQ+ Guide Celebration Panel

On October 13, 2021, The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement hosted a celebration of the print edition of the Columbia University LGBTQ+ Guide: Resources to Foster an Affirming Community for LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff with a panel discussion with key faculty and staff contributors. The event was cosponsored by the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Council (WGSSC) and the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender (ISSG).

LGBTQ+ Guide Launch Celebration Panel

This conversation honored Columbia’s rich LGBTQ+ history, highlighted hubs of LGBTQ+ scholarship, and celebrated major advancements in LGBTQ+ law and policy. The faculty and staff panelists, whose contributions to LGBTQ+ scholarship and activism have had a significant impact on life at Columbia and beyond, discussed the implications of promoting an LGBTQ+- affirming campus climate for recruitment, mentoring, advancement, and overall well-being.

Opening remarks from Provost Mary Boyce and EVP for University Life and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Dennis Mitchell framed the possibilities for greater LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion as part of Columbia’s broader mission toward social justice. 


  • Walter Bockting, Area Leader, Gender, Sexuality, and Health; Director of the Program for the Study of LGBT Health; Professor of Medical Psychology (In Psychiatry and Nursing)


  • Anke Ehrhardt, Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) 
  • Billy Caceres, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Katherine Franke, James L. Dohr Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law; Faculty Director, Law, Rights, and Religion Project; Faculty Director, ERA Project
  • Tonya Richards, Chief Staff Diversity Officer, CUIMC Human Resources
  • Brian Smith, Assistant Professor of Computer Science