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Meet Our Staff

Seng Defibaugh-Chavez – Coordinator

Welcome to the SGDRC! My name is Sengdhuan Defibaugh-Chavez. I having been working at the SGDRC since Spring 2014 and became Coordinator in Spring 2015. 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.

Zooey Sophia Pook – Assistant 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. 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 heterosexuality. Before coming to NMSU, I taught full time in a variety of disciplines in colleges and universities in Michigan and Ohio.  I am very proud to be a part of the SGDRC, and our work to make the campus a more open and diverse space.  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.

Chynna Moore – Office Assistant

969620_10200466170201569_1682978012_n 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 senior 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.

 

 

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.