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LGBTQ+ Resources Staff |Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education & LGBTQ+ Resources|

LGBTQ+ Resources Staff

 

Josh Kinchen (he/him/his) 

Associate Director, LGBTQ+ Resources

Josh is the Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Resources. He leads the LGBTQ+ Resources team. Josh’s portfolio includes overall management and strategic direction of LGBTQ+ Resources, liason with the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance, serving as the external contact with other LGBTQ+ Resource Centers across the country,  leading assessment and benchmarking for LGBTQ+ institutional support, convening the LGBTQ+ Resources liaison group,  and consulting with university entities around LGBTQ+ inclusion.

He previously worked at Florida State University as a Program Coordinator in the department of Student Governance & Advocacy, working directly with the Allies & Safe Zones program and the Pride Student Union (a student-fee funded, student-directed, staff-advised LGBTQ+ cultural center). During his time there, he also served as the Staff Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Network. He graduated twice from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a M.Ed. in Higher Education and B.A. in Communication Studies. A proud first-generation college graduate, he also holds an Associate’s degree from Cape Fear Community College. While he was a UNCW Seahawk, he worked in the LGBTQIA Resource Office, serving in multiple roles from  undergraduate intern to Graduate Assistant.

Prior to his career in higher education, Josh served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist. Informed by this experience, his Master’s thesis was focused on the experiences of LGB military veterans in their undergraduate college experience. This research was recently published in the Journal of Veterans Studies, to help inform the intersections of support for LGBTQ students, military veterans, and LGBTQ military veterans on college campuses.

Josh originally hails from Slidell, LA, in the greater  New Orleans area, but also considers the Port City of Wilmington, NC as a second hometown. Josh is an avid comic collector of nearly 25 years! He enjoys spending time with his partner Denise and their two cats Dingy and Monkey! They usually can be found in the best brunch spots in town or watching the newest Netflix show!

Contact Josh at 703-993-5202 or jkinchen@gmu.edu

 

LuLu Géza Kelemen (they/them/theirs)

Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Resources

LuLu is the Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Resources. LuLu’s portfolio includes coordinating Safe Zone, coordination the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, and advising the LGBTQ+ Student Leadership Council, among other projects.

LuLu is  a double-graduate of George Mason University, earning their Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies and minors of Women & Gender Studies with an LGBTQ Focus and African & African American Studies in 2011, and their Master of Arts in Sociology in 2015. LuLu’s thesis focused on the intersections of athletic and gender identity and expression at the university level. During LuLu’s time as a student they worked three years as Graduate Assistant in LGBTQ Resources and played rugby for Mason and Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Football Club.

Contact LuLu at 703-993-2702 or ckelemen@gmu.edu

 

 

 

 

Kayla Kenner (she/her/hers)

Graduate Professional Assistant, LGBTQ+ Resources

Kayla Keener is the Graduate Professional Assistant for LGBTQ+ Resources. Kayla’s responsibilities include facilitating Safe Zone workshops, supervising student workers, and liaising with other departments to develop programming. Kayla is also a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department, writing a dissertation titled “The Affect of Labor: The Production of Value and Intimacy in Etsy, Kiva and Twitch,” which examines the role of emotion and relationship building in digital labor and self-representation. She has taught in the Honors College, School of Integrative Studies, Cultural Studies and Communications departments at George Mason.

Kayla earned an MA in Women’s Studies with an emphasis in Globalization, Culture and Development from The George Washington University, and a BA titled Analyzing Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Gender through Religion, Literature and Activism from the University of Redlands. Her past research focused on the medicalization of intersex identity, and the uneven global recognition of genders outside of the binary.

Contact Kayla at: kkeener2@gmu.edu

 

 

 

Eli Vandegrift (they/them/theirs)

Student Coordinator of Space and Design, LGBTQ+ Resources

Eli Vandegrift is the Student Coordinator of Space and Design at LGBTQ+ Resources. Eli is a senior at George Mason University majoring in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Film and Media Studies. In addition to organizing the suite, they coordinate the Trans Closet, manage the LGBTQ+ Resources’ social media pages, and assist in office events.

Eli enjoys reading and writing works of science fiction, poetry, or magical realism, as well as working on film and media projects. They are currently working on a creative thesis in English Honors connecting the poetry of nature to the queer body and identity. They hope to pursue an MFA in order to create engaging stories and poetry featuring queer characters and/or interacting with various aspects of queer identity.

Contact Eli at: lgbtq@gmu.edu 

 

 

Kristina Angelevska (she/her/hers)

Graduate Intern, LGBTQ+ Resources

Kristina Angelevska, who is from North Macedonia, is the Graduate Intern for LGBTQ+ resources.

She is an International Fellow at the Women and Gender Studies department at George Mason University, through the Community Solutions Program, sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

During her practicum at George Mason University, she is working at the Women and Gender Studies department, but also assisting with expanding collaboration with office of career services, office of disabilities, Study Abroad office and office of international programs. Besides working primarily at the Women and Gender studies department, Kristina is also joining the LGBTQ+ team as a Graduate Intern.

Kristina has obtained a BA degree in English Language and Literature, from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and she is planning on enrolling to graduate studies in the field of political science or human rights.

She has been working as a youth development facilitator at the Youth Association ‘YMCA’ in North Macedonia, mostly facilitating ‘Leadership’ and ‘Youth Employability’ courses at youth educational camps: ‘Girls Leading our World’ and ‘Young Men’s Leadership Project’. Apart of facilitating youth employability and leadership, she has been also greatly involved in facilitating women’s empowerment, gender identity, femininity and masculinity, women’s empowerment etc. She has also worked first as a Programming and Training Intern and then a Host Familiy/ Cultural Assistant at the Peace Corps office in North Macedonia.

Contact Kristina at: kangelev@gmu.edu

 

Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education & LGBTQ+ Resources

 

Dr. Van Bailey (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)

Assistant Dean & Director, ODIME & LGBTQ+ Resources

Dr. Bailey is the Assistant Dean & Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education & LGBTQ+ Resources.

Dr. Bailey is a student affairs educator, international speaker and diversity consultant. With over thirteen years of experience in higher education and nonprofits, Van’s speeches and workshops relate to LGBTQ+ student leadership, pedagogical practice, and intersectionality. In 2014, he was included in the Trans 100 and in 2015 he was also included in the 100 to Watch LBGTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders lists noting his work in higher education. Currently, he is the co-chair for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Dr. Bailey is a Lambda Literary award finalist and his published work has been featured on NPR, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Feminist Wire, and Buzzfeed. As a diversity specialist, Van has worked with constituents internationality in addressing equity and inclusion on college campuses.

 

Dr. Bailey was the inaugural Director of the LGBTQ Student Center at the University of Miami. He has also served as the inaugural Director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College. In both roles, he established a college-wide resource center for LGBTQ+ students. Before Harvard College, he was the Assistant Director for Education at the University of California, San Diego from 2010-2012. Additionally, he worked at California State University, Northridge, for three years, first as Community Director and then as Senior Community Director in Residence Life and Housing. Dr. Bailey was awarded an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University-Northridge, a MA from Ohio State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a BA in black studies and English from Denison University.

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LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community (LLC) team

 

Elijah Nicholas (he/him/his)

Elijah is the Resident Adviser for the first-year LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, as well as the President of George Mason University’s Pride Alliance. Elijah’s work in LGBTQ+ advocacy has been strong since 2015, as the Vice-President and President of Reeths-Puffer High School’s Gay Straight Alliance in Muskegon, Michigan– where his focus was on educating teachers on the use of pronouns, ensuring Queer high school students understand the history of the LGBTQ+ fight for liberation, as well as building a large coalition of educators who include LGBTQ+ identities in their literature offered and assigned.

Elijah has had an array of experiences outside of LGBTQ+ advocacy too. He currently is the Senior Fellow for Giffords Courage Fellow, the national Policy and Advocacy Manager for Not My Generation, and a co-founder of both the Youth Activism Coalition in Michigan and George Mason University’s chapter of Students Demand Action. On top of his advocacy work, he is studying Government and International Politics through the Schar school at George Mason University– and plans on graduating early to pursue his masters in Public Policy with a focus on Urban Planning.

 

Sarah Crossen (she/her/hers)

Sarah is the LLC RA for the Upper Level LGBTQ+ LLC and the Gender and Social Justice LLC. She has previously worked with LGBTQ+ Resources to inventory restrooms across all Mason locations with the goal of making more gender inclusive restrooms available and advertise their locations to students and staff. She has also worked to write curriculum for the LLCs and their associated courses. Sarah co-teaches some of the first year LGBTQ+ LLC students in their required course as a Peer Advisor.

Sarah is in the last year of undergrad with a major in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in LGBTQ+ Studies. She also works as a Lead Center Mentor in the Women and Gender Studies Center. She is passionate about criminal justice and policy reform, especially as it relates to marginalized genders and LGBTQ+ folks,  and is looking to head to law school after graduating. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, doing anything artsy, and playing/watching sports.

 

 

Liaisons

Dr. Allie Minieri (she/her/hers)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Dr. Alexandra (Allie) Minieri serves as the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) liaison to LGBTQ+ resources. In this capacity, Allie supports CAPS programming in coordination with LGBTQ+ Resources, such as Pride Week, Trans Day of Remembrance, and Lavender Graduation. Allie is also a Safe Zone facilitator. Additional information about Allie can be found at this link: https://caps.gmu.edu/alexandra-allie-minieri-ph-d/.

Members of the campus community who would like to speak with Allie can reach her by calling 703-993-2380 or emailing her at aminieri@gmu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

LT. Michael Guston

Department of Police and Public Safety

LT. Michael Guston of George Mason University’s Department of Police and Public Safety is the LGBTQ liaison officer. This position was established to enhance the relationship between Mason’s police department and the campus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community.  Lt. Guston has been a Mason police officer since 2010, and a law enforcement office for a total of 30 years.  He has worked a police officer in Arizona, California, and here in Virginia.  In 1985, when Lt. Guston first began applying to be a police officer, he was denied employment due to him being gay; he was only able to find volunteer, or unpaid positions with police departments.

Members of the campus community needing to contact LT. Guston may do so via the police department’s dispatch number at 703-993-2810 or by calling LT. Guston’s office at (703)993-3414. He can also be reached by e-mail.

 

 

 

LGBTQ Minor

LGBTQ Minor Advisor

David Powers Corwin MA; MAIS (they/them/theirs)

Women and Gender Studies

David holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan College and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies and an MA in English literature, both from Mason. They are also currently a doctoral student in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Mason, where their dissertation research looks at the integration of television and literature in the writing classroom as a vehicle for students to disclose marginalized identities and their traumatic pasts.

They began their role in Women and Gender Studies in 2013 where they served as the graduate assistant for the program. In addition to this role, they served in LGBTQ Resources from 2014-2015 and in 2016 was hired on full time as the program coordinator for Women and Gender Studies. Beginning in 2019, David accepted a full time faculty position in the program which includes being Associate Director for Academic Affairs. In their current role, they teach 5 courses a year, supervise all of the staff in the program, coordinate the course schedule and catalog revisions, keep the space open, and advise our undergraduate students. They also serve as our Living Learning Community Coordinator for our brand new Gender and Social Justice LLC. They have also taught composition courses at Northern Virginia Community College.