I was keeping my eyes open for LGBTQ-related positions, but I wasn’t actively looking. Then I saw a job posting for the LGBTQ Center at the College and applied right away! The next day I got a phone call for an interview. By the following week, I was officially hired.
The response has been amazing about my hiring. I was immediately getting emails from faculty and staff expressing how happy they were about the Center and my position. Most of the students emailing me were like, ‘I need help changing my legal name—how do I do that?’ I had a student experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, and needed programs that were LGBTQ specific. The MarcDavid LGBTQ Center is a student-focused initiative. I’m not going to dictate what the students want, especially when I don’t know who they all are yet. I’m taking this time to walk around campus, getting the word out there about the Center, and meeting more students. My biggest goal is to make sure the Center is not just focused on gay, lesbian and bisexual students. I want to be here for our transgender students, our people of color, our non-binary folks—our entire community—and making sure we do not further marginalize people within the community because they don’t fit a certain expectation.