Dr. Clare Lemke, DIrector
Dr. Clare Lemke is the Director of the LGBT Resource Center. Clare came to the University of Utah in 2019 from Iowa State University, where she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success. Clare has a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where her research focused on the history of sexuality, LGBTQ social movements, U.S.-based feminist movements, and queer femininities. She is committed to fostering a university community that celebrates queer and trans histories, cultures, and lives. In her free time, Clare loves to cook, shop at thrifts stores and farmer’s markets, watch movies, travel, and take too many pictures of her dog.
Clare is available to meet with students who are seeking support or resources, or,
students, faculty, and staff who are interested in collaborating with the LGBT Resource
Center. To set up an appointment with Clare, please email Bree Peacock at email@example.com.
Bree Peacock, Office Manager
Bree is the Office Manager at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center, and has been with the center since November 2016. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in studio art with concentrations in photography and graphic design. She is passionate about LGBTQIA+ activism, traveling, and doing photography whenever she can.
SHELBY HEARN, Coordinator of education and outreach
Shelby is the Coordinator of Education & Outreach for the LGBT Resource Center. They primarily lead in our office's education and community building initiatives. Before coming to the University of Utah, Shelby lived in Chicago where they earned their M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Their professional interests include blending student development theories into a holistic practice, advocating for and supporting underserved student populations, and fostering inclusive and radically welcoming campus environments. In their free time, Shelby can be found hanging with their 2 cats, listening to podcasts, cooking for loved ones, or volunteering with mutual aid orgs in SLC.
KATE LUNNEN, Gay-la Intern
Kate is a third year student studying English and pursuing her teaching license. After graduating, she plans to become a high school teacher because she is passionate about connecting to others and helping people gain confidence in themselves personally and academically. Kate wants to work hard to create a safe place for everyone to grow and learn together wherever she goes. Outside of school and careers, she also enjoys exploring the outdoors while hiking or rock climbing, and watching movies with her friends and family.
MYKIE VALENZUELA, Student Staff
Mykie is part of our undergraduate staff and focuses on design and communications here at the LGBT Resource Center. They transferred from SLCC to the U in 2019 after earning their A.S. They’re a first-generation student and a Senior finishing their B.S in Philosophy with minors in Psychology and Animation, and plan on attending graduate school in Philosophy after they graduate and have interests in Philosophy of Mind and Environmental Ethics. You can find them enjoying themselves reading Queer fantasy, oogling at cute animals, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. They also enjoy animating, rock climbing, snowboarding, a good breath of ocean air, and hexing the patriarchy.
JUSTIN RAVAGO, Student Staff
Justin Ravago is a junior studying Business Economics (QAMO). He hopes to work as an econometrician or statistician because he likes numbers. Justin is involved with Business Casual A Cappella, Open Door Productions, and the Asian American Student Association. In his free time he likes to bullet journal, read graphic novels, and go longboarding.
OLGA RODRIGUEZ, Queer and Trans Students of Color Community Development Specialist
Olga is the QTSOC Community Development Specialist at the LGBT Resource Center. She came to the US in 2002 from Mexico. Fluent in Spanish and English, she loves reading in both languages. Olga can be known as Dora the Destroyer when she is on the track playing roller derby. Her big three are Capricorn sun, Cancer rising, and an Aries moon. In her free time, you can find Olga roller skating at the skate park or trying to cook/bake.