Equal Opportunity & Access

University Committee on Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (UCOSOGIE)

UCOSOGIE is comprised of a diverse group of faculty, staff, and administrators, who are located on both the Macomb and Quad Cities Campus of Western Illinois University. Some members are appointed to represent their "constituency" in order to ensure that various parts of the WIU community are represented. While students are not formal members of the committee, they can attend meetings and serve in an informal capacity.

UCOSOGIE's mission is to design policies that promote the fair treatment and acceptance of all sexual orientations and gender identities and that reduce or eliminate acts of homophobia and heterosexism at WIU, to ensure that those policies are being implemented, and to assist the LGBTQ*A Resource Center and Unity in enhancing the WIU community's understanding of sexual identity and gender identity/expression.

If you have questions for UCOSOGIE, have an issue you would like to bring to the committee's attention, or would like to become a member of UCOSOGIE, please email the committee at UCOSOGIE@wiu.edu or directly contact the current chair, Merrill Cole

WIU's Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy & the President's Statement on Diversity


LGBTQ*A Resource Center

Committee Members:

Matthew Beck, Counselor Education
Merrill Cole, English
Carl Ervin, Multicultural Center
Jessica Butcher, UHDS
Barbara Lawhorn, English
Haley Wikoff, Counselor Education
Jade Kastel, University Libraries
Craig Tollini, Sociology and Anthropology
Tammy Werner, Sociology and Anthropology
Sarah Worthington, Public Safety