PEFSA is a University Resource Group established in the Fall of 2006 to promote the interests of GLBT and allied faculty and staff at UT Austin. All UT faculty and staff are welcome to join. Help us to make a difference!
To promote the welfare of GLBT faculty and staff and their allies at the University of Texas at Austin
To provide a mechanism for faculty and staff to network and support each other's work efforts
To offer opportunities for faculty and staff to meet in culturally and socially supportive gatherings
To organize informational workshops and training about GLBT issues
To share university and community resources related to GLBT faculty and staff
To provide a forum to exchange ideas and information with administration and the broader University community about GLBT issues on campus.
To focus on strengthening recruitment and retention of faculty and initial employment and career growth of staff.
UPDATE FROM HR!
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Friday regarding same-sex marriage, all benefits eligible UT Austin employees and retired employees will be able to enroll their same-sex spouses, as well as dependent children of these spouses, in health and dental coverages and services that are currently available to, and at the same cost as, opposite-sex spouses.
The plan amendment will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. That day, under policies related to mid-year enrollments due to a status change, UT Austin will begin enrolling same-sex spouses of benefits eligible employees and retired employees who submit the required application and presentation of a valid marriage certificate. Employees will have 31 days to enroll from this status change event. Benefits eligible employees and retirees who submit the required application and a marriage certificate after July 1 may enroll within 31 days of the marriage.
The UT System Office of Employee Benefits is working on similar changes with vendors who offer employees certain benefits such as HMO dental, vision, and life and accident insurance. UT System hopes to confirm by Wednesday, July 1, that these policies have been amended and are available to same-sex spouses on that date. If vendors have not made the necessary changes by July 1, the university will offer affected individuals a separate, special opportunity to enroll as soon as possible.
To access Change of Status insurance forms and instructions, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/hr/current/insurance/change_of_status.html
For questions, please call the Human Resource Service Center at 512-471-4772 or toll-free at 800-687-4178, or contact your Benefits Specialist for individual guidance. To identify your Benefits Specialist, use the Find a Rep search option at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/hrpro/lookup/
PEFSA Leadership Meeting: join us in shaping the future of PEFSA
Join the PEFSA Executive Committee and interested LGBTQ and Allied Faculty and Staff Leaders to discuss and plan the future of PEFSA.
Want to meet out and proud faculty and staff on the 40 acres? Want to see a specific PEFSA event happen this year? Want to learn more about the history of the movement for competitive partner benefits at UT? Want to organize other LGBTQ Longhorns for a more inclusive campus?
Meetings are held Fridays 3-4pm in the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas Austin Conference Room, located in the SAC 2.112. Fall 2015 dates are 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, and 12/11
Connect with your Peers using Facebook and Twitter and Share the Experience!
Whether you attend our meetings and events, are only on our listserv, or focused at the office, there are several other ways to get the most out your membership with PEFSA.
PEFSA Facebook Fan Page (Become a Fan!)
PEFSA Twitter Feed (Follow us!)
How to Be an Ally
From the thought-provoking presentation by Shane Whalley, Education coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center on “How to be an Ally”:
The four levels of ally development are Awareness, Knowledge/Education, Skills and Action.
Specific ways allies can advocate include:
Creating an atmosphere of acceptance
Challenging homophobic speech and actions
Challenging homophobic stereotypes
Verbally expressing support
Learning about GLBT issues and resources
Know the current language and honor/mirror GLBT language
Understand heterosexual privileges
Question policies that create discrimination
2 October 2015