University of Texas at Austin                                                             Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Affiliates & Allies

Affiliates and Ally Programs at UT’s Gender and Sexuality Center

Many people who are part of the UT community support the Gender and Sexuality Center’s mission, purpose and goals. They show their support in numerous ways; some attend our events and hang out in our space, others donate to the center, and some serve on the center’s various committees. Two additional ways that people support the center is by serving as an affiliate of the center and/or participating in our ally program. By becoming an ally or affiliate, people in essence expand the reach of the center. They do this by providing support to UT students who discuss gender and sexuality issues. Students who encounter affiliates and allies of the GSC can expect to engage with someone who will advocate for them and their needs as an LGBTQ identified person. Affiliates and allies will also not judge student regarding their identity. Lastly, affiliates and allies will seek additional advice and counsel should they need to given the needs of a particular student or student group.

More specifically, with the Affiliates Program, participants:

  • Have their name listed on the GSC website as an affiliate of the center;
  • Submit nominations for future affiliates; and
  • Serve as an ambassador for the center to the larger UT community
  • Are expected to attend at least one GSC sponsored event per semester and support GSC initiatives.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the center at (512) 232-1831 or gsc@austin.utexas.edu.

A more robust program, participants of the center’s Ally Program attend a two-hour “Ally Toolkit” workshop where attendees learn:

  • Appropriate language use in regards to LGBTQ identities
  • Correct information about bisexuality
  • Different ways to think about gender identity and gender expression
  • Common issues faced by members of the LGBTQ communities at UT
  • Resources that can be found both on and off campus
  • What it means to be an ally

At the end of the workshop participants have the opportunity to sign the Ally Pledge, which states their willingness:

  • to educate themselves and others about oppression, heterosexism, and homophobia.
  • to challenge oppression, heterosexism, and homophobia.
  • to be supportive and affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • to honor the confidentiality of LGBTQ people who seek support.
  • to provide others with access to information and resources on LGBTQ issues.
  • to treat each person with the dignity and respect to which they are entitled.
  • to understand their limitations and refer to other allies and resources when necessary.
  • to speak up and take necessary action when they witness injustice on campus.
  • to follow the lead of LGBTQ people.

Participants also receive an Ally Card they can post in their space. Lastly, center staff are in the process of developing continuing education opportunities for participants of the Ally Program. Information and announcements about these opportunities is forthcoming.

If you would like to request an ally training, please complete the Workshop and Training Request Form and return the form to the Gender & Sexuality Center SAC 2.112. For more information on the GSC Ally Program or if you are interested in attending an open ally training, please contact the center at (512) 232-1831 or gsc@austin.utexas.edu.

Below is a list of participants currently in our Affiliates Program and Ally Program:

Affiliates

  • Jemel P. Aguilar, M.S.W., PhD.
Assistant Professor, 
School of Social Work
  • Glen Baumgart,
Director of Continuing Education
, College of Pharmacy
  • Jane Bost, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center, 
Voices Against Violence
  • Carlos Eric Bowles, M.ED
Program Coordinator
, UTeach – Liberal Arts Program
  • Phil Butler, M.ED
Coordinator of Sorority and Fraternity Life, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Maryrose Castillo,
Administrative Associate, 
Greek Life and Education
  • Ge Chen, Ed. D
Assistant Vice President
, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Dana Cloud,
Associate Professor
Department Communication Studies, College of Communication
, Department of Rhetoric & Writing, College of Liberal Arts
  • John Dalton,
Assistant Dean
, Office of Graduate Studies
  • Wendy Domjan,
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, 
Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Laura Ebady,
Licensed Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator,
 Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • Guli Fager,
Health Education Coordinator II, MPH, 
University Health Services
  • Yvonne Fuentes, M.ED
Assistant Director
, Volunteer Service Learning Center
  • Julie A. Gillespie,
Captain, 
The University of Texas Police Department
  • Gloria González-López, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, 
Department of Sociology
  • Frank Guridy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
, Department of History
  • Michele Guzmán, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation, 
Hogg Foundation
  • LaToya Hill, Ph.D
Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct and Emergency Services, 
Office of the Dean of Students
  • Neville Hoad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
, Department of English
  • Kristen Hogan, PhD. English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies Librarian
  • Robert Jensen, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Journalism, College of Communication
  • Omi Osun Joni Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
, Center for African and African American Studies
  • Kristen E. Jones Harris, M.ED
Assistant Director of NSS
New Student Services
  • Karen M. Landolt, J.D.
Director
, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • John McKiernan-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, 
Department of History
  • Elizabeth G. Medina, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students,
Office of the Dean of Students
  • Michelle Monk, M.Ed.
Executive Assistant
Department of Radio Television Film, College of Communication
  • Lisa Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, 
Department of English
  • Yolanda Padilla, Ph.D., LMSW-AP
Professor, 
School of Social Work
  • Patty Prado,
Assistant Director of Admissions, 
Office of Admissions
  • Eric Pritchard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
, Division of Writing and Rhetoric
  • Richard Reddick, EDD
Assistant Professor
Education/Educational Administration
  • Gretchen Ritter, Ph.D.
Vice Provost
Provost’s Office
  • LaTonya “LT” Robinson, MS Program Manager, Division of Housing and Food Services
  • Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D
Associate Professor, 
School of Social Work
  • Smita Ruzicka, Ph.D Assistant Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Jackie Salcedo,
Administrative Associate
, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Christa Sandelier,
Student Affairs Administrator, 
Dean of Students Office
  • Sherri L. Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Richard L. Schott,
Professor
, LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Sonia Seeman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Butler School of Music – Musicology/Ethnomusicology Division
  • Alissa Sherry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, 
Department of Educational Psychology
  • Jamie Shutter, MSEd, CHES
Director of University Health Services, 
University Health Services
  • Sarah K. Sloan, MSSW Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity Education Initiatives (DEI)
Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives (CDSI)
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)
  • Tiffany Tillis,
Senior Program Coordinator
, Division of Diversity & Community Engagement
  • Janice V. Williams,
Senior Academic Advisor, 
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Allies

  • Jolene Ashcroft, MBA/Senior Associate Director, Student Services, McCombs School of Business MBA Program Office
  • Stacey Bennett, BA/Head Resident III, Division of Housing & Food Services
  • Alanna Bitzel, JD/Academic Advisor, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Stephen Britt, BBA/Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs, College of Fine Arts
  • Cierra Campbell, BSALD/Academic Records Administrator, International Office
  • Julia Chinnock, MA/Assistant Academic Advisor, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Christiana Cough, MS/Senior Placement Representative, College of Natural Sciences
  • Cori Crane, PhD/Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Chad Crawford, M.ED./Associate Academic Advisor, University Honors Center School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Mona Ghosheh, M.ED./Psychologist III, Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • Megan Ehrisman, M.A./Lecturer; Senior Placement Representative , McCombs School of Business Department of Marketing Administration
  • Liz Elsen, M.ED/Program Coordinator, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, GSC
  • Greta Fenley, MHR/Lecturer; Senior Placement Representative, McCombs School of Business, Department of Marketing Administration
  • Kaitlyn Flynn, M.ED./Program Coordinator, Liberal Arts Career Center
  • Megan Fullen, BA/Program Coordinator, McCombs School of Business
  • Lauren Glossan, Assistant Academic Advisor, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Jarod Gonzalez, M.ED./Associate Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Randi Graham, MBA/Assistant Director, McCombs School of Business
  • Jay Guevara, BA/Associate Academic Advisor, University Honors Center School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Monica Gully, B.A./Program Coordinator; Volunteer, Liberal Arts Career Center
  • Shannon Gutheil, M.ED/Senior Placement Representative, College of Natural Sciences
  • Kristen Hogan, PHD/English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies Librarian, University of Texas Libraries
  • Amanda Kious, Lecturer; Senior Placement Representative, McCombs School of Business, Department of Marketing Administration
  • Karoline Kuss, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, College of Fine Arts
  • Lynne Levinson, MED/Program Coordinator, School of Undergraduate Studies, Sanger Learning Center
  • Tye Lidman, PHD/Instructor, Department of Mathematics College of Natural Sciences
  • Adam Maurer, Social Science/Humanities Research Associate I, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Chris McCarthy, PHD/Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
  • Margaret McCullers, Curriculum Integration and Special Projects Coordinator, International Office
  • Morgan Medina, MS/Lecturer; Senior Placement Representative, McCombs School of Business, Department of Marketing Administration
  • Sejal Mehta, Program Coordinator, International Office
  • Diana G. Mendoza, BA/Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs, College of Fine Arts
  • Bob Micks, BA/Administrative Associate, International Office
  • Ryan Miller, EDM/Associate Director of Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Judith Mitchell, MSW/Senior Social Worker, Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • Arelis Palacios, Program Coordinator, International Office
  • Stacey Rudnick, MBA/Director, McCombs School of Business
  • Shirley Sandoval, M.S./Associate Academic Advisor, University Honors Center School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Jeff Sellers, M.ED/Assistant Academic Advisor, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • David Spight, MA/Assistant Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Curtiss Stevens, MA/Program Coordinator, International Office
  • Mona Syed, MS ED/Study Abroad Advisor, International Office
  • Giancarlo Taylor, MA/Program Coordinator, International Office
  • Avani Trivedi, M.ED/Senior Placement Representative, Career Design Center, College of Natural Sciences
  • Rhonda Waller, Advising Team Leader, International Office
  • Karen Weems, Sanger Learning Center, School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Laura Weingarten, M.ED./Career Counselor I, Sanger Learning Center, School of Undergraduate Studies