Meet Our Team

LGBTQ+ Resources Center Staff

Note: some members of our team may not be comfortable being listed publicly, so this list does not fully reflect our entire staff.

Josh Kinchen (he/ze) 

Director, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Josh is the Director of the LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Josh’s portfolio includes overall management and strategic direction of the Center, co-advising the Queer Student Leadership Council, co-chairing the Chosen Name & Pronouns Policy steering committee, liaisoning 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+ departmental liaison group,  and consulting with university entities around LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Josh 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 an M.Ed. in Higher Education and a B.A. in Communication Studies. A proud first-generation college graduate, he also holds an Associate’s degree from Cape Fear Community College. While a UNCW Seahawk, he worked in the LGBTQIA Resource Office, serving in multiple roles from undergraduate intern to Graduate Assistant.

Before 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 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 is currently engaging in ongoing research as a practitioner-scholar about LGBTQ+ student veterans with Dr. Amanda Mollet from the University of Kansas.

Josh originally hails from Slidell, LA, in the greater New Orleans area but also considers the Port City of Wilmington, NC, a second hometown. Josh is an avid comic collector of nearly 30 years! He enjoys spending time with his partner Denise and their two cats Dingy and Monkey!

Contact Josh at  jkinchen@gmu.edu

Or schedule a meeting here.


LuLu Géza Kelemen (they/them)

Associate Director, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Lu GK is the Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Their portfolio includes coordinating the Safe Zone+ and the LGBTQ+ Learning Community, co-coordinating the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program, and supervising the Center’s student staff.

Lu is a double-graduate of George Mason University, earning their Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies and minors in Women & Gender Studies with an LGBTQ Focus and African & African American Studies in 2011 and their Master of Arts in Sociology in 2015. Lu’s thesis focused on the intersections of athletic and gender identity and expression at the university level. During Lu’s time as a student, they worked for three years as a Graduate Professional Assistant before becoming a full-time employee in the LGBTQ+ Resources Center in 2017. They also found a love for rugby at Mason as part the founding Women’s Club team in 2009. After a six-year hiatus from rugby, Lu is proud to say their return to rugby (and the Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Football Club) in the 2021-2022 season included winning the Division 1 Women’s USA Rugby Club National Championship.

Contact Lu at ckelemen@gmu.edu or set up a Zoom meeting with them here

 


Sonia Furuya  (she/her)

Business Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (University Life)

Sonia is the Business Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion units in University Life, including the LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Sonia’s portfolio includes overall fiscal, human, and administrative management for three departments, comprised of 13 professional staff members and multiple graduate assistants, student coordinators, interns, and practicum students.

Sonia joined University Life in November 2012. She received her undergraduate education in her native city, Lima, Peru. Sonia moved to the United States in 1998 to further her education and build her English language skills in Boston, MA. She later moved to Northern Virginia where she started a family and established her career.

Her professional experience began at Northern Virginia Community College in the Department of Work Force Development. One of her passions is to share her culture and her native language, Spanish. She is a certified Command Spanish teacher (Inova training) and Fairfax County Public School flex program elementary school teacher, where she shares her knowledge with children and other adults.

Contact Sonia at: sfuruya@gmu.edu 

 

 


Dan Kingsley (he/him)

Graduate Assistant, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Dan is the Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Dan’s portfolio includes staffing the Center space, engaging students for the Trans Clothing Closet resource, coordinating Identity Nights, co-coordinating the LGBTQ+ Mentor Program, co-advising the Queer Student Leadership Council, and other responsibilities.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCo). While at UNCo, he worked at UNCo’s Asian and Pacific American Student Center. He was also a teaching assistant and peer mentor for UNCo’s Honors Program. Dan has lived most of his life in Colorado before moving to Virginia in Fall 2021.

Dan is currently in George Mason’s Psychology Master’s program, concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He’s passionate about Autistic research by Autistic people for Autistic people!

Dan’s hobbies include (but are not limited to!) tending to his succulents, sewing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, playing lighthearted video games, doing yoga, and bothering his cat, Roxie. (If you ask for photos of his cat, he will always supply them!)

Contact Dan at: lgbtq@gmu.edu

 


Alexander Ramirez (he/they)

BSW Intern, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Alexander Ramirez is one of the BSW Interns at the LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Alexander’s work includes helping redesign the website, orienting students to the center, and maintaining the Trans Clothing Closet among other projects.

Alexander is a current Mason student majoring in Social Work with a minor in Communication. Alexander is a User Experience Designer and a performer in his free time and is always looking for new ways to apply his interests in his daily life. If you need restaurant recommendations in the NOVA area, Alexander is your main point of contact. He’s a major foodie and is always looking to find his next go-to spot!

Contact Alex at: lgbtq@gmu.edu

 

 


Andrew Novak (he/him)

Faculty-in-Residence, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Andrew Novak is a specialist in international and comparative law and teaches courses related to international and comparative criminal justice and human rights. He previously worked as a government lawyer in the fields of administrative and employment law and taught African Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Most of his research has focused on the death penalty in the English-speaking world with a focus on Africa. Other research interests have included comparative executive clemency, constitutional and human rights litigation in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa, and sport history in colonial Zimbabwe, the subject of his master’s thesis. Currently, he is working on a comparative law study of criminal convictions in tribal courts in the United States. He is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.

Contact Andrew at: lgbtq@gmu.edu