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Clare Lemke

Dr. Clare Lemke, Director
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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.

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SHELBY HEARN, Coordinator of Education and Outreach
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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.

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TYRA IMBICO, Office Assistant
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Yáʼátʼééh. Oi. Hello. Tyra is the Office Assistant at the LGBT Resource Center. She is a third year student studying Mathematics with hopes of working in the tech industry and possibly becoming a teacher later on in life. She loves playing Breath of the Wild, boogie boarding at the beach, going to concerts, and studying astrology. Her New Year’s resolution is to read more and make new friends!

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SOL CORONADO, Student Staff-Education Lead

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Hello ya'll! Sol Coronado will be leading the educational programming about identities, experiences, histories, and other topics surrounding LGBTQ+ issues. They have been attending at the U for 3 years and is studying Social Work and Ethnic Studies. They are involved with the First Generation Program as they mentor First-Gen students like themselves. Sol loves to water and talk to their pretty plants, spend time with friends and loved ones, and play Pokémon Go around campus!

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MYKIE VALENZUELA, Student Staff - Marketing & Communications Lead
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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. 

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JUSTIN RAVAGO, Student Staff - Community Lead
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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.

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OLGA RODRIGUEZ, Coordinator of Queer and Trans Students of Color Initiatives
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 Olga is the Coordinator of QTSOC Initiatives. 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.

Last Updated: 1/13/22