Experience

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, August 2017 – Present
Director of the Rainbow Center

Administrative Highlights

  • Provides leadership, vision and direction for the Rainbow Center; directing the day-to-day operation of the center
  • Serves as primary contact for students, faculty, and staff concerning LGBTQIA+ matters
  • Supervises 2 professional staff members, 1 graduate assistant, and a team of undergraduate student leaders
  • Proactively and collaboratively develops and implements plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate members of the University community to embrace an understanding of LGBTQIA+ concerns
  • Serves as an executive level strategist responsible for guiding efforts and creating substantive programs to define, assess and promote LGBTQIA+ educational issues, employment opportunities, and cultural proficiency

Advocacy and Education Highlights 

  • Leads, encourages, and works cooperatively with University departments, faculty, staff, and students to improve recruitment and retention of LGBTQIA+ students and in creating and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Develops, in conjunction with senior academic and administrative leaders, programs to maximize institutional strengths and respond to identified needs in order to maintain an intentional and sustained focus on achieving inclusive excellence for the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Collaborates with other Cultural Center Directors to address matters of cultural unity/inclusion

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, October 2012 – August 2017
Assistant Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity (October 2015 – August 2017)
Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center (October 2012 – August 2017)

Administrative Highlights

  • Successfully positioned Montclair State University as a national leader in LGBTQ student services through meeting and exceeding national benchmarking standards
  • Increased Campus Pride Index score from a 3.5 rating to a 5.0 (out of 5) rating in less than 3 years
  • Developed a volunteer-based peer educator program with multiple leadership opportunities to develop and engage undergraduate and graduate level student volunteers personally and professionally in the areas of one-on-one support, group support and services, social and cultural event coordination and programming, curriculum development, teaching, facilitation, and customer service
  • Directly supervised, developed, assessed, and mentored student volunteers, graduate-level interns, and part-time staff members, and managed the day to day functions/operations of the LGBTQ Center
  • Designed promotional materials, websites, and marketing materials for the LGBTQ Center and the Office of Equity and Diversity (and previously for the Center for Student Involvement when positioned there)
  • Served as the LGBTQ specialist and consulted all areas of the campus community on policy development and enhancement
  • Managed a $43,000 budget and oversaw an LGBTQ Foundation account

Advocacy and Education Highlights 

  • Successfully removed trans exclusions from the student health insurance plans at Montclair State University, Kean University, The College of New Jersey, and Rowan University (June 2015)
  • Developed a Speaker’s Bureau and undergraduate-level student education team to develop curricula and lead workshops for the campus community on areas of LGBTQ+ identities, intersectionality, multiculturalism, anti-racism, social justice, etc.
  • Designed and personally facilitated trainings and workshops on a plethora of topics/issues including but not limited to power and privilege, anti-racism, social justice, allyship, LGBTQ identities and issues, multiculturalism, intersectionality, sexual assault, and bystander intervention for all audiences of our campus community and the larger Northern NJ region
  • Designed and lea a 4-hour, intensive Safer Space training program
  • Served as advocate, trainer, and panelist for student conduct hearings
  • Worked with all areas of the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Student Government Association, Inc. to create a multicultural student council

Support Services Highlights

  • Developed a mentorship program in the LGBTQ Center which is currently under revision to increase student success and retention through collaborative efforts with the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Women’s Center, and the Center for Faith and Spirituality
  • Created a peer-to-peer facilitation program to support students via drop-in clubs and groups. Some include: Men’s Group, Womyn’s Group, Transcending Boundaries, Beyond Binaries, Queer People of Color, Aces and Aros, LGBTQ+Athletes, Q-mmunity, & Coming Out and Questioning Group
  • Provided oversight and coordination of gender inclusive housing on campus in collaboration with the Office of Residence Life including management of applications, waiting lists, placements, retreats, mediations, assessment, and resident assistant appointments
  • Co-facilitated a weekly therapy group with Counseling and Psychological Services for students who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality
  • Served on the following committees: Middle State Accreditation Self-Study: Standard IV, Threat/Student Assessment Team, Suicide Prevention, Crisis Assessment Response and Education (CARE) Team, Bias Response Task Force, UNITY Committee, Advisory Council Alcohol and Other Drugs, President’s Commission of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Advisory Board for LGBTQ Studies Minor, LGBTQ Advisory Board & the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group

Community Engagement and Programming Highlights

  • Increased programming by 138% in the first year of appointment
  • Worked closely with students and the Office of Greek Life to colonize Theta Delta Sigma at Montclair State – our first gender inclusive, LGBTQ+ focused multicultural fraternal organization on campus, and the first chapter for the state of NJ)
  • Developed an LGBTQA Alumni Affinity Group with the Office of Alumni Relations
  • Coordinated extensive programming events for annual Diversity Week celebrations
  • Oversaw and developed programming for national LGBTQ observances and holidays
  • Introduced and established the following observances at the institution: Transgender Visibility Week, Bisexual Visibility Week, Asexual Awareness Week, and HIV/Aids Awareness Week in addition to increasing programming and visibility for preexisting weeks such as Ally Week and Coming Out Week
  • Professionally staffed and co-coordinated campus-wide events including Red Hawk Frenzy, Homecoming, Spring Week, Greek Week, New Student Orientation, Accepted Students Days, Open Houses, Commencement, Diversity Week, etc.
  • Worked with external organizations such as LAMBDA Legal, OUT Professionals, Marriage Equality USA, GLSEN, United for Marriage, Garden State Equality, GLAAD, Hudson Pride, The Pride Center of NJ, Princeton University LGBT Center, The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers University, Planed Parenthood, PFLAG, etc. on collaborative programming and other initiatives for our communities
  • Developed Lavender Graduation and grew our Pride Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding members/departments of our campus community

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, April 2008 – October 2012
Counselor for Evening/Weekend Degrees & Precollege Programs

Administrative Highlights

  • Managed the day-to-day functions of the Center for Evening/Weekend (E/W) and Precollege Programs and supervised interns, temporary staff and work study students
  • Managed all student tracking data, applications, and enrollment for 11 E/W degree programs and worked closely with department chairs to schedule E/W degree course requirements each term
  • Researched FIT’s part-time degree program from its origin in 1955-2011 for the Aslanian Group’s research project for FIT’s administration, and created historical catalog archive for the division
  • Assisted director with enrollment management of Precollege Programs for middle and high school students and provided faculty, student, and administrative support
  • Managed, coordinated, and designed marketing/promotional materials and all office correspondences to students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinated and hosted 18 annual Orientation/Advisement events for new/transfer E/W degree Edwards, B. 3 students, 13 annual on-campus and online Information Sessions for prospective E/W students, and participated in 5 Precollege Orientation events, 4 SCPS Open Houses, and 4 Advisement/Registration events annually
  • Served on the President’s Diversity Council and steering committee for Strategic Planning and Campus Climate (with Susan Rankin & Associates). Other committees included the Grants Committee (which helped to establish Safe Zone Training on campus), the FIT Orientation Committee/New Student Success Series Committee, the SCPS Web & Social Media Marketing Committee (chair) and the SCPS Call Center Committee (chair)
  • Developed, designed and maintained all Precollege Programs and E/W Degrees webpages and manage all content/editors of School of Continuing and Professional Studies website
  • Created and manage the first blog for SCPS for Precollege Programs which showcases the experiences of FIT’s high school population, courses and faculty (over 75,000 readers)
  • Developed/Maintain first Facebook/Twitter pages in SCPS for Precollege Programs and E/W Degrees, and acted as consultant to FIT’s Office of Admissions and other areas in SCPS for social media applications/use

Advocacy and Support Services Highlights

  • Collaborated with all areas of the campus community on E/W student advocacy
  • Assisted students in the removal of obstacles and issues (registration issues/holds on accounts/obtaining lockers, etc.) and counseled students on course selection
  • Acted as sole liaison and 1-stop-shop providing student support and services to E/W population on behalf of the college as well as individual academic departments
  • Developed FIT’s first webinar for prospective commuter students

Institute of Audio Research, New York, NY, September 2004 – April 2008
Assistant Director of Career Services

Administrative Highlights

  • Managed day-to-day functions of the Office of Career Services
  • Met overall department placement and average salary targets on an annual basis
  • Responsible for the placement and record keeping of all students
  • Created and compiled data into an Annual Placement, Retention, and Completion Report, which was submitted to the national Accreditation Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
  • Worked closely with the School Instructors, Deans, Student Services Department, and Career Services colleagues for up-to-date strategies to create new job opportunities via programming, telemarketing, mailings, personal visits to employers, events, and referrals to existing employer base to improve enrollment and retention
  • Assisted with curriculum development for Industry Practicum course

Advocacy and Support Services Highlights

  • Liaison between graduates and human resource departments in the audio industry
  • Counseled students and provided advice on resumes, career goals, and interviewing
  • Created and coordinated career-based events both on- and off-campus