This October, the campus community is invited to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month. The University’s official kickoff is Monday, Oct. 3, in Schine Student Center 304 from 4 to 6 p.m. The LGBTQ Resource Center, along with students and campus partners,…
LGBT Resource Center Names Assistant Director and Program Coordinator
The LGBT Resource Center will welcome Jorge Castillo and Qiao-An (Jo/Joanne) Wang as the new assistant director and program coordinator, respectively.
Following a national search, Castillo comes to the LGBT Resource Center from West Virginia University (WVU), where he served as the assistant director for the LGBTQ+ Center and oversaw the LGBTQ studies minor in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Prior to his roles at WVU, Castillo served as an instructor at the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Fairfield University and St. Lawrence University, where he taught courses in Latinx studies, gender and sexuality, and Latin American literature and film.
As assistant director, Castillo will implement internal and external programs and trainings, work collaboratively across campus to promote inclusivity, and support students with marginalized genders and sexualities. Castillo is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut focusing on queer sexualities and globalization in Caribbean literature and film, where he also earned a master’s in Spanish literature and language. He begins his appointment July 16.
Wang previously served as the LGBT Resource Center’s graduate assistant while they were a master’s student in the School of Education’s Higher Education Program. They earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in diversity education and minors in business and Asian American studies from Cornell University. As the program coordinator, they will continue to advise student organizations and discussion groups, supervise the LGBTQ+ Learning Community, facilitate trainings and workshops and plan such events as the Trans Day of Liberation and the HoliGay party. Wang begins their role as program coordinator on July 30.
“We are excited to begin the academic year as a new team, bringing diverse personal identities and professional experiences to the center. We will use this time over the summer to develop plans for the upcoming year that continue to fulfill the center’s mission of providing community building, outreach and visibility, and intellectual engagement that centers the experience of people with marginalized sexualities and genders,” says khristian kemp-delisser ’01, director of the LGBT Resource Center.
Visit the LGBT Resource Center website for more information about the center’s history, programs and resources.