Equality Illinois asks for Advisory Board applications

CHICAGO — Statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Illinois is asking for members of the Illinois LGBTQ communities to join its advisory board.

From the EI website:

As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois launched the Community Advisory Group in 2016. The group is a diverse cross-section of voices from across Illinois that informs the policy positions and initiatives we adopt and pursue in our work to secure and defend the equal and inclusive rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans.

If you’re interested, go to the application page to review the objectives and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Group, then download, complete, and return the application to Mike Ziri, Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy, at mziri@eqil.org.

Applications are due no later than August 10, 2018 so that we can begin to review and select members. We want the 2018-19 Group’s operations to get underway expeditiously to help us plan our priorities for the 2019 session of the Illinois General Assembly.

We want to make sure the Community Advisory Group includes the diverse views of LGBTQ Illinoisans from every corner of the state. Together, we will advance justice and equality in Illinois.

Board members would:

  • Participate in monthly calls to inform and give feedback on EI’s policy agenda
  • Participate in reactive calls, as necessary, to respond to situations facing LGBTQ Illinoisans
  • Act as a surrogate to public officials, other organizations, and local media (when authorized by EI staff)
  • Attend and participate at EqualityCon in Springfield (September 28-29, 2018) and/or at LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the State Capitol (spring 2019, specific date TBD) and/or host an LGBTQ policy-oriented house party (with an EI staffperson as the keynote presenter) that is attended by at least 10 other people who are not EI staff or other members of the Community Advisory Group. House parties should be scheduled and organized with EI staff in order to ensure participation by an EI staffperson.

POC, women and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply. Final decision on new members will be made by the EI staff and Board of Directors.

You can download the application here.

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