Visit: Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources, Bill Gatton Student Center (A-250)
Lance Poston, Ph.D., Director
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Dr. Poston oversees inclusion and belonging focused initiatives across the University that support students, faculty, staff, and alumni. His daily work is informed by his training as a historian of 20th century US race, sexuality, and gender. Before joining UK, he was a faculty member in Ohio University's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and also taught in the Department of History. In addition to leading the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, Dr. Poston directs the University's Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and supports strategic community outreach efforts for the Vice President for Institutional Diversity.
Rayne Parker, Assistant Director
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Rayne works to support LGBTQ* student groups and leaders on campus, facilitate programming for the office’s major events and evaluate needs of the University to further the office’s impact. Rayne has a degree in Gender Studies from Transylvania University and brings a variety of experiences as an educator and advocate to their work at UK, including time as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Campus and Community Engagement Office at Transylvania. In their free time they enjoy writing spoken word poetry and fiction.
Mel Lesch, MA, MEd, Graduate Coordinator
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As the LGBTQ* Resources Graduate Assistant, Mel coordinates the Audre Lorde Living Learning Program and supports other inclusive housing and programming initiatives in the office. Mel holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree from UK and is a PhD student in UK Gender and Women's Studies. Her background is in Student Affairs and Residence Life and she enjoys working with students as a key part of the office team.
Jace White, Education and Outreach Intern
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As an office intern, Jace will create an educational program focused on gender identity and pronouns. He is currently a sophomore student at the University of Kentucky majoring in theater and minoring in creative writing and dance. He graduated from North Pocono High School in 2016 where he established the first Gay-Straight Alliance in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Jace continued his advocacy work during and after high school by presenting and talking on gender and sexuality at various conferences. Jace now focuses on educating others within and outside the LGBTQ* community on UK's campus.
Courtney Vice, Education and Outreach Intern
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As an LGBTQ* Programming Intern, Courtney wishes to create a program called Bi, Bi, Bi intended to remove the negative stigma around bisexuality as portrayed in the media and educate those about its nuances. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and currently also serves as a promotions director for United Students Against Sweatshops as well as a graphic designer for the Student Activities Board, Education Abroad & Exchanges, and the Office of Student Organizations and Activities.
Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, Faculty Fellow
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Dr. Mark is an associate professor in UK's College of Education and is the inaugural Faculty Fellow in LGBTQ* Resources. In this capacity, she serves as a key advisor for office projects involving curriculum development and faculty engagement. Dr. Mark is also the faculty lead for the office's summer education abroad collaboration focused on comparisons of sexuality, gender, and sexual health in Kentucky and the Netherlands. She earned her PhD from Indiana University where she specialized in sexual desire, sexual well-being, and sexual health promotion at the Kinsey Institute.
As the Office of LGBTQ* Resources grows, one of our main goals is on promoting student leadership and collaboration through advising and supporting all student groups that have a core focus on gender and/or sexuality. We hope this section will give you a general idea of the LGBTQ* focused student organizations at the University of Kentucky.
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Queer Project