1. Overview of the LGBTQ Coordinating Council

Our Statewide LGBTQ Coordinating Council Advisory Council (Council) is a permanent advisory council located within the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). It was established by a vote of the Board of Directors in 2017 to ensure that LGBTQ survivors and victims of sexual violence are represented in victim services organizations, institutions, and partnerships that serve sexual violence survivors statewide.

The Council addresses many important issues of interest to LGBTQ people and our allies. The Council utilizes the existing infrastructure of UCASA to define issues of concern to the LGBTQ community and find innovative ways of utilizing UCASA’s resources to help address these issues. Council members meet monthly and provide quarterly status updates to the Board of Directors. 

We recognize that sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our lives and communities. The Council works to ensure that our policies, communications, and actions reflect this fact. We further recognize that the LGBTQ is not a monolithic, homogenous community and that our work must reflect the incredible vibrancy, uniqueness, and strength of the LGBTQ community.

Program Overview

The Council consists of a one-year time commitment and is designed to provide participants with fundamental leadership skills and an opportunity to engage in organizational-level strategy and implementation. The interactive nature of the Council is designed to reflect on such leadership indicators as collaboration, diversity and the role of the change-maker. These indicators are crucial for today’s leadership roles in the sexual violence movement. Membership is akin to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the agency. Members of the Council are considered voting members of an official advisory council of the Board of Directors of UCASA with the responsibility to assist with the strategic execution of the mission, vision, values, and goals of UCASA.


Participants come from a broad range of corporate, civic and volunteer backgrounds. Anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community may apply to join the council. You can apply by completing the following application.