The Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is one of the presidential advisory committees that directly advises the USF President on related matters for the entire USF System: Sarasota-Manatee, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Official members are appointed for three-year terms by the president after submitting an application, however participatory members may join any meeting and contribute to the charge of the committee.


  • Advise the President and other university leaders on matters pertaining to issues of sexual and/or affectional orientation and gender identity and expression as they pertain to USF faculty, staff, and students
  • Evaluate and monitor the university environment for related problems and issues

Additional Activities

  • Support LGBTQ+ individuals and communities at USF through acknowledging achievements, raising visibility, sharing information, and enhancing connection
  • Advocate for meaningful policy change, resource allocation, and competency training that enhances the university’s ability to develop and maintain the thriving of USF’s diverse LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, alumni and community partners

Getting Involved

Are you interested in influencing systemic change at USF related to LGBTQ+ issues? Want to take your advocacy to the next level? CISOGI (the Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) is a committee that directly advises the president of the university on the needs of LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty on all three USF campuses. We also host a number of fun events throughout the year, including our annual Lavender Graduation ceremony and participation in the annual Tampa Pride parade.

We need members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community to join us in this vital work to maximize the benefit for all of USF. CISOGI meets on the third Thursday of the month from 2-3 pm via Microsoft Teams. Come by, meet the committee members, learn more about what CISOGI does, and be in community with other people who want to remove barriers for LGBTQ+ people at USF.

How do I get involved?

  1. Email our chair, Michael Rogers ( or our membership officer, Meg Stowe ( to ask a question, inquire about membership, or be added to CISOGI resources (CISOGI Listserv, Teams Group, Invite to Teams meeting).
  2. Attend a meeting. Just show up and join the conversation! Connect through Teams during one of our third Thursday meetings from 2-3pm.

Appointed Members

Check out the table below to see USF faculty, staff, and students that have been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. We are actively seeking members interested in being appointed from the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

Name CISOGI Role Department USF Affiliation Campus
Susana Perez-Field Member Student Health Services Staff Tampa
Kevin Lee Member Honors College / Higher Education Staff/Student Tampa
Ren Bradley-Tyler Member College of Medicine Staff Tampa
Amanda Tritsch Member Phylical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services Faculty Tampa
Wendy Weiss Member Medicine/ Student Health Services Faculty/Staff Tampa

USF Pride Awards

Each year, during our Lavender Graduation ceremony, CISOGI presents Pride Awards in recognition of contributions made to the USF LGBTQ+ community and/or achievements made by members of the USF LGBTQ+ community.  See below for the 2020-2021 award winners. 

Student Pride Award Winners

  • Brian Panetta
  • Emmanuel Harvey
  • Lindsay Fields
  • Samantha “Sam” Antoine
  • Sabeehah Ravat

Staff Pride Award Winners

  • Darleen Gracia
  • Danielle Rosenkrantz

Faculty Pride Award Winners

  • Tangela Serls
  • Daniel Cruz-Ramirez de Arellano

Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ+ Life at USF

  • Cristina Yelvington

Outstanding Contribution to CISOGI

  • Kevin Lee
  • Ellyn Couillard
  • Amanda Tritsch

Want to know more about CISOGI?

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a partnership between USF Foundation, CISOGI, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ students graduating, recognize Pride Award and Scholarship winners, and to gather the LGBTQ+ community, at USF and the surrounding community, to develop additional support and resources. 

Want to support LGBTQ+ Scholars? Donate to the LGBTQ+ Scholarship fund.

Annual Report

Take a look at our most recent Annual Report to learn about CISOGI’s activities in the last year. 

Campus Pride Index

Interested in the how our university stacks up in terms of LGBTQ+ policies and resources? Check out the USF listing on the Campus Pride Index, an independent organization that ranks universities in terms of LGBTQ+ concerns.