Gabriella Blanchard, Interim Director/Coordinator of Education & Outreach
pronouns: she/her/hers, Femme
Gabriella is the Interim Director and Coordinator of Education and Outreach at the University of Utah’s LGBT Resource Center. She has a passion for social justice, social healing, trauma-informed community building, and getting away with whatever she can. She is an idealist committed to justice work. Gabriella has also gone by the name Bri(anne) in the past, and will likely change her name again in the future. She answers to many names. Ella is available to meet with students, faculty and staff who have questions or concerns. To set up an appointment with Ella, please email the Executive Secretary, Bree Peacock, at email@example.com.
Bree Peacock, Executive Secretary
Bree is the Executive Secretary here at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in studio art with concentrations in photography and graphic design. She is passionate about LGBTQ activism, hiking, traveling, and doing photography whenever she can.
RAY TAYLOR, Coordinator of Education and Outreach
Ray is the Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center. He recently graduated from the U with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy (Student Affairs). He received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in Women’s & Gender Studies and New Media & Digital Culture from Coastal Carolina University in 2016. He is passionate about social justice education and identity development from an intersectional queer framework. In his spare time, Ray likes to buy more books than he can read, play the beautiful sport of quidditch, and go to the theatre for a good movie, musical, or play.
Lenny Liechty, Student Staff
Lenny is a pre-med student in Middle Eastern Studies. He loves learning new languages, watching emotionally wracking movies, and traveling around on his trusty scooter. Lenny believes in the realization of equity through Social Justice, queer and trans activism, and embracing cultural identities.
Andrew Hayes, Student Staff
Andrew is a 3rd year student studying philosophy. His social justice work is guided by his deep held belief in the radical power—and potential—of queer forms of life. Outside of school, Andrew spends his time exploring Utah’s great outdoors, watching wacky movies, and attending as many concerts as he can.
Bethany Runsten, Graduate Assistant
Bethany will return as the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center for the 2018-19 school year in August, and is very excited to be starting her second year as a Student Affairs graduate student at that time. She earned her B.A. in Global Studies from University of the Pacific in California in 2017, and enjoys superheroes, pilates, learning about different countries, and considering the connections between gender, sexuality, and culture.
SAMANTHA CANDLAND, Social work practicum intern
Samantha is the part-time intern for the LGBT RC during the 2018 summer and fall semesters. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Social Work degree here at the U, and anticipates completing all of the BSW requirements by the end of the year. From there, Samantha expects to push forward with graduate school in social work or a related field where she can focus on research and modifying the systemic idiosyncrasies that lead to both individual and collective trauma.
sage sargent, summer staff
Sage is thrilled to be joining the LGBT Resource Center as a part-time summer staff member. They are a recent graduate from the U, where they received a B.S. in Gender Studies after having already completed an associate’s degree in Social Work from Salt Lake Community College two years prior. Sage is committed to engaging with the world through a queer, femme/masc/intersexy, accountable and quirky lens that is held together with humble solidarity, adaptable understanding and sincere respect. In their free time, they enjoy playing with their sister’s children, Ollie and Isy, as well as diving into the never ending pit of astrology. Sage also admits that they are obsessed with cats, to the point of being a fanatic. Overall, through engaging in those hard conversations/moments/spaces they want to make the world so authentic that people are just allowed to be themselves in all of their rawness.
Lucia Flores, TRiO intern
This is Lucia Elena Flores, she’s a current Intern here at the LGBT Resource Center for the summer. Lucia is going to be starting her senior year at Highland High School in a couple of months and is hoping that her internship here will give her more insight on subjects that can be very helpful when going out of high school and into a University. She believes that everyone should be able to have that safe place to go to when they need help or need to feel understood. Lucia is just so cool.