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.
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.
FLO GLYNN, Coordinator of Community Development and Engagement
Florence (Flo) Glynn is the Coordinator for Community Development and Engagement at the LGBT Resource Center. Flo grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology. She recently finished her Master of Social Work and Master of Theological Studies at Boston University, with a certificate in Religion & Conflict Transformation. Flo has been honored to work at the City of Boston's Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement, where she started a civic academy for immigrant community leaders and led policy advocacy efforts. To promote agency and collective well-being, Flo believes in creating empowered community spaces where people on the margins can find belonging. In her free time, Flo loves to go on walks in nature, read books, paint, travel, and play with her loved ones' dogs and cats.
TYRA IMBICO, Office Assistant
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!
SOL CORONADO, Student Staff-Education Lead
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!
MYKIE VALENZUELA, Student Staff - Marketing & Communications Lead
Mykie transferred from SLCC to the U in 2019 after earning their A.S. They’re a first-generation student, McNair Scholar, and a Senior finishing their B.S in Philosophy with minors in Psychology and Animation. After graduation they plan on attending graduate school to do research in Environmental Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Some of the things they enjoy are walking their cat, reading queer fantasy, animating, rock climbing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Some of their favorite things are moss, sea otters, ocean air, and hexing the patriarchy.
KATE LUNNEN, Gayla Intern
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers; they/them/theirs
Kate is from Pennsylvania and Oregon and a third year student majoring in English and Gender Studies. After graduating, they plan to attend law school to become a human rights lawyer and continue to work towards a better future for trans youth through legal work and policy change. In their free time you could find Kate browsing at your local Target, binge watching a TV show for one queer side character/couple, or playing Minecraft with friends and family.
OLGA RODRIGUEZ, Coordinator of Queer and Trans Students of Color Initiatives
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.