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Meet Our Staff

Zooey Sophia Pook – Coordinator

Welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center! My name is Zooey Sophia Pook, and I am proud to represent, serve, and assist NMSU’s diverse student population.  I am a Master of Philosophy, and a Master of Communication, and am currently working on my PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication here at NMSU. My research examines the way gender and sexuality are constructed by culture, but also the ways in which certain positions of identity might serve to challenge traditional notions of being. Before coming to NMSU, I taught full time in a variety of disciplines in colleges and universities in Michigan and Ohio, also working with various LGBTQI groups, women’s groups, and civil rights organizations to strive for equity and justice in the community.  I am very proud to be a part of the SGDRC, and the work we are doing to make the campus a more open and diverse space. NMSU is committed to its students and the staff at the SGDRC are happy to assist you! Please do stop by the center and spend some time with us, browsing our library, utilizing our computer facilities and resources, and enjoying a comfortable atmosphere with friends.


Gary Diaz- Office Assistant

1551574_10202096925880006_2106330743_nHello. My name is Gary Diaz. I was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I’m currently a major in Secondary Education and the content area is Literature. I hope to one day be a high school English teacher. I’ve always known that I wanted to work with children of all types and English has always been a passion of mine. Eventually, I would like to get another degree so I can also do Art Therapy. More than anything, I want to help mold the leaders of tomorrow.

The SGDRC, to me, is a home away from home. I’ve never been to any other place on campus were I felt the level of comfort that I feel here. The people who come in here are not just friends or classmates, they’re like a second family to me. Everyone is really connected and there’s always someone who will listen to you if you need it. We also have plenty of resources for everyone and if we don’t have them, we can find them. I’m very excited to be a part of the SGDRC and I hope that more people can come and join our family.

Kimberly Mejia – Office Assistant

jhhjgHello all and welcome to the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center page! My name is Kimberly Mejia and I am an Office Assistant here at the SGDRC and have been working here since fall 2014. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Family & Child Science here at NMSU.

When I started working at the SGDRC, all of the friendly people that not only work here, but also the ones that come in to hang out or do homework amazed me. This is such a great place to meet new people and learn about the GLBTQ community, with plenty of helpful resources available. The SGDRC really is a safe-zone not only for the GLBTQ community, but also for allies like myself.