Jessica Spohn – Coordinator
Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center! :)
My name is Jessica Spohn and I am the Coordinator for the SGDRC. I am a dual Master’s student in Public Health and Social Work, graduating in Spring 2015. My passion lies in being an advocate for the entire GLBTQA community as well as for victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence. After I graduate, I want to work on a college campus with alcohol, drug, and violence education for the GLBTQA community.
The Center is a safe zone for everyone! We welcome all students, faculty, and staff whether you are GLBTQA or one of our awesome allies. The SGDRC has resources such as brochures, books, movies, and magazines on a variety of topics for anyone to look over. We also have a computer lab to do homework or take a Facebook break, and a place to eat lunch or just hang out with new friends. Come by and visit; I really enjoy getting to know students and I’m here to answer any questions you may have!
Lucas Allen – Assistant Coordinator
Hello! Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center!
My name is Lucas. I am currently Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. I am also the Assistant Coordinator of the SGDRC. I received my undergrad education at Arizona State University in Psychology and Philosophy in 2012. I then spent a year in South America and came here to NMSU. After I complete my master program, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with the goal of eventually working in a gender clinic. My passions include being an advocate for the LGBTQ community with an emphasis on the T and making more aware the importance of better parenting practices.
I encourage everyone to come and check out the SGDRC. Some of our resources include an LGBTQ library, computers, and we offer an environment to hang out and meet new people.
Derek Beckford – Office Aide
Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center! My name is Derek Beckford and I am an office aide here at the center. I am a senior Public Health Major. In my future endeavors I want to be a health educator because I really love to help others. Working at the SGDRC really brings a lot of happiness with helping students with resources relating to the LGBTQ community.
I believe that the purpose of this Center is to be a safe and judgment free zone where anyone of the GLBTQ community or even an ally of the GLBTQ community can come and hang out, ask questions, and even learn about the GLBTQ community. We have a variety of different resources from books, computers, magazines, etc. that ANY student can use, so come on in and you will see what the resource center is all about!
Ryan Garcia – Office Aide
Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center. My name is Ryan Garcia and I have been at the SGDRC since the fall of 2011. We are a safe place where a person can be himself or herself without the fear of judgment.
As a Public Health major, my greatest joy in life is helping others; which is part of the reason why I am excited to be working at the center. Having grown up closeted in a small town, I have been around intolerance my entire life, but have since learned that there is nothing wrong with being who you are.
At the center we welcome anyone and everyone with open arms. The SGDRC is a safe, welcoming environment on campus that provides GLBTQ related resources, a computer lab where students can do their homework, brochures, books, magazines, movies, and friends who are here to help.
I always enjoy meeting new people and lending a helping hand so I hope that you will stop by and introduce yourself. Whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or anything else in-between, stop on by to see what we are all about. Thanks and have a wonderful day :)
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
Chris Brillante – Volunteer
(Photo with Ian Harvie)
Hi Everyone! I’m Chris Brillante, and I’ve been involved with the SGDRC and Stonewall QSA since I was a freshman in 2007. I’m a Creative Writing and CMI major and I hope to graduate soon. One of my goals with my chosen majors is to try and redefine queerness in cinema and literature by breaking down stereotypes of the LGBTQ community.
I first found the Center as a little freshie, and I realized that I had found a home away from home. At the Center, we encourage everyone to be who they are, and to utilize the services we offer. We have computers, a microwave, and even a conference room perfect for working on that paper during finals week.
I hope whether you’re gay, straight, questioning, or just want to make some new friends, that you’ll come check out the Center, and join us for any and all of our events. Come check out our Stonewall QSA meetings too!
Chynna Moore – Volunteer
Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center! My name is Chynna Moore and I’m a volunteer staff at the SCDRC. I am currently a Psychology Major. Since I am very family orientated, I chosen the field of Clinical Psychology.
I feel that the Center is a great place for anyone of the LGBTQ and ally community to be able to come and have fun and be in a place where there is no type of judgement at all. There are so many resources that are offered at the center that are very helpful for students such as, computers to do school and plenty of books for research and also entertainment. The center is a place where friends can be made in a safe place with no worries, it is an amazing place to go and I encourage everyone to stop by and come say hi.
Jessie Perez – Volunteer
Welcome, my name is Jessica Perez and I’ve been a part of the SGDRC since fall of 2012. I am a double major in Communication Studies and Sociology with the plan to go onto law school for family law. Here at the center I’ve had the chance to really get to know people and engage in some very positive reinforcing activities with the group. Here’s to hoping that you will too. I feel as though the center is a place where everyone can just be themselves. You can come in here, relax, have a good time, meet new friends, enjoy the company of current friends. It’s just a place where you can be without being judged. Hope you love it here as much as I do!