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The LGBTQIA+ BU Student Task Force is a student and alum-led initiative whose mission is to ensure BU’s LGBTQIA+ students receive the institutional support and visibility they deserve. 

Charge of the LGBTQIA+ BU Student Task Force

In 2018, Boston University charged a Task Force on LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff with facilitating University-wide discussions & making recommendations for how BU can accelerate its progress to becoming more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ faculty & staff. However, no official group was created that focused on evaluating & addressing the climate for LGBTQIA+ students.

Thus, in Spring 2022 we took charge to recommend ways for BU to:

  1. Improve the quality of life for LGBTQIA+ students in environments, including but not limited to: classrooms, student organizations, campus healthcare, & interactions with faculty, staff, administrators, & peers

  2. Foster holistic inclusiveness for LGBTQIA+ students, especially those with intersecting marginalized identities 

  3. Better identify & address institutional gaps in LGBTQIA+ student support 

Members & Advisors of the Task Force

Members

Michael Arellano (they/them), CAS/GRS 2024, Majors in Political Science and Philosophy, Minor in Core Independent Studies, 2021-2023 IMPACT BU At-Large Student Government Party Leader

Sergio Aguirre (they/them), CAS 2025, Major in English, Minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science, 2022-2023 Vice President of the Queer Activist Collective, 2022-2023 CAS At-Large Student Government Senator

 

Kris Berg (ask my pronouns), CAS 2022, Major in Psychology, Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2020-2022 Vice President of the Queer Activist Collective

 

Savannah Majarwitz (ask my pronouns), CAS 2022, Major in International Relations, Minors in Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights and Persian Cultural Studies, 2019-2022 Student Government Mental Health Committee Co-Chair

 

Christa Rose (she/her/c/c's), CAS/GRS 2022, Major in Neurobiology, Minor in Psychology, MS in Biology, 2020-2022 President of the Queer Activist Collective

 

Leonardo Ruiz (ask my pronouns), CAS 2024, Major in English, 2022-2023 President of the Queer Activist Collective

 

Lara Werneck (she/her), CAS 2023, Major in Political Science, 2021-2023 IMPACT BU At-Large Student Government Party Senator

Faculty & Staff Advisors

Sarah Miller (she/her), Director of Undergraduate Studies and Full-Time Lecturer, BU Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

 

Mae Petti (she/they), (Former) Violence Prevention Program Manager, BU Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center

JAKE Small (he/him), (Former) Assistant Director, BU College of Communication Career Services, Vice Chair of the BU LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network

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