Jessica and Luke at Lavender Graduation, Fall 2013
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 Masters student in Public Health with a minor in Women’s Studies, graduating Fall 2014. My passion lies in being an advocate for the entire GLBT*QA 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! What that means is the SGDRC does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or hate speech. We also 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!
Luke Allen – Assistant Coordinator
Hello! Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center!
My name is Luke. 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 with LGBTQI children, youth, young adults, and their families. 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 enjoy hiking, reading, and traveling. :)
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 Assistant
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!
Chynna Moore – Office Assistant
Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center! My name Is Chynna Moore and I am an office aide at the SGDRC. I am currently a junior majoring in Psychology, after I graduate my future goals are to become a clinical psychologist.
I think that the main purpose of the SGDRC is to create a safe and friendly environment for GLBTQ community to come to feel safe, hang out, or just ask questions about resources around campus. At the center we have a lot of different resources that any student can come use such as books, pamphlets, computers, etc. So come by just to hang out, get some information, or just to say hi.
Ian Taylor – Office Assistant
Greetings! And welcome to our website!
My Name is Ian Taylor and I am an office assistant here at the SGDRC. I am currently a junior here at NMSU pursuing a future in pharmacy. I having been using the SGDRC as a resource for the past few years and now I am able to be a resource for others.
While the center does possess some awesome physical resources like the information, computers, printing, fridge ect. It is also home to a really fantastic group of people. The energy at the SGDRC is friendly and inviting and anyone will quickly learn they are welcome and wanted here.
I love being part of the SGDRC because it gives me an outlet for my altruistic personality. If you have any question about coming to the center I strongly encourage you to come. I know you will feel at home!
Chris Brillante – Volunteer
Photo with Ian Harvie
Hi all. My name is Christian “Chris” Brillante and I’m an English Major set to graduate in May.
I’ve been with the SGDRC and Stonewall QSA since I was a freshman in 2007. It’s always been my home away from home, and I wouldn’t trade the people I’ve met here for anything. We have a lot to offer the campus at large, including study space, a computer lab and even a microwave. Whether you’re LGBT*Q or just needing a place to feel welcome, the SGDRC is it!
Gary Diaz – Volunteer
Seng Defibaugh-Chavez – Volunteer
Welcome to the SGDRC!
My name is Sengdhuan Defibaugh-Chavez. I am a volunteer and have been volunteering with the SGDRC since the fall of 2013. I am a Master’s student in Public Health and plan on getting my PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or epidemiology.
Being an ally at the SGDRC, it truly is a safe zone where anyone is welcome. I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and have learned a lot about the GLBTQ community. There are many resources here to learn more about the GLBTQ community, a helpful staff and community to help answer questions about being a student at NMSU, including computers that anyone can use to work on homework or just browse funny videos on YouTube. It is really amazing to see people here who help one another whether it is class work or needing support in life. It is a community where everyone is welcome and everyone tries to help one another and make sure everyone feels like they belong.
Tyler Boyd – Volunteer
I was born in Rome, Georgia, and moved here to the Land of Enchantment in order to enjoy the constant sunny weather. I am a sophmore in the College of Business, and I am completing my degree in Finance, with a minor in accounting here at New Mexico State University. Before coming to volunteer at the center I worked customer service for the largest bank on the east coast, worked at the office of State Senator Tom Udall, and I am currently employed at the Southwest Environmental Center located in the downtown heart of Las Cruces. I look forward to assisting at the center, and helping my fellow students. Thanks for reading.