LGBTQIA Alumni Network of Elon University


The LGBTQIA Alumni Network is an extension of Elon University’s Office of Alumni Engagement and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.  The acronym LGBTQIA is used here to refer to alumni who identify as:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally.


The network unites and represents the interests of Elon University’s LGBTQIA alumni.
We advocate on behalf of LGBTQIA alumni by building partnerships and promoting
Elon University’s commitment to an inclusive and respectful community.


. To promote the investment of time, talent, and finances of alumni in the university
. To advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQIA presence across alumni initiatives & programs
. To support the mission of existing LGBTQIA structures across the university
. To recognize the accomplishments and achievements of LGBTQIA community members
. To promote professional development and networking for LGBTQIA undergraduates & alumni

Join our LGBTQIA Alumni Network!

Facebook is a great way to stay up-to-date - check us out at

Join us!  Become part of the LGBTQIA Alumni Network by contacting Matthew Antonio Bosch / Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center / (336) 278-6228 /

Membership & Leadership

We have over 300+ members already, with a strong Leadership Team!  In fact, we're always looking for more leaders!  If you're interested, please let us know.  Members can simply join our LGBTQIA Alumni Network listserve, and Leaders serve as "thought leaders" for advancing LGBTQIA campus climate and connections across alumni and current students.

LGBTQIA & Ally Employees and Alumni :

• Ally Trainings for Faculty and Staff
• EduSessions & Trainings for your students in academic classrooms
• EduSessions & Trainings for your department, office, or student leader group
• Homecoming’s LGBTQIA Open House, Tailgate, & Awards Brunch (Oct 17-19)
• Join our GLC Email List and our Facebook
• LGBTQIA Alumni Network
• LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

Board Expectations

These emphasize 3 main areas with Elon’s “Partner, Advocate, Investor” philosophy for alumni :

Partner → Investment of Time
Conference Calls with Leadership Team (1x/month)
Physical Presence at Elon University 3 times per year –  Fall Leadership Team Retreat (Aug/Sep) / Homecoming Weekend (Oct/Nov) / Spring Leadership Team Retreat (Feb)

Advocate → Investment of Talent
Brainstorming and enacting new engaging ideas, initiatives, and projects to grow the network
Reaching out across your friend circles and region to connect with Elon alumni
Informing OAE & GLC of any new or ongoing alumni connections

Investor → Investment of Finances
For philanthropy, donate to the LGBTQIA-designated fund each year on Elon Day (Mar)
Encourage others also to join in becoming a donor throughout the year


Friday, October 16

Swing by Moseley Center 2nd Floor - Suite 211 - to check out the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, sign our Wall of Support for LGBTQIA identities, check out our Wall of Fame, & meet some current LGBTQIA & Ally students !

Saturday, October 17

We will be hosting a Champagne Brunch with President Lambert from 11am-1pm! Community Enrichment awards will be given out to deserving alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  President Leo M. Lambert will be addressing the LGBTQIA alumni, and you'll also hear from our LGBTQIA Alumni Network's Leadership Team. For more information, visit:

To register for Homecoming, please check out the Office for Alumni Engagement website at

Leadership Team

Michael Bumbry is an Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Chicago, where he is responsible for managing the 45th and 50th class reunions for the undergraduate program. Bumbry is also a Ph.D. candidate in the higher education program at Loyola University Chicago, examining the influence of race/ethnicity on Latin@ philanthropy at predominantly White institutions. Michael currently serves at President of the LGBTQIA Alumni Network, having previously served as Vice President and Awards and Recognition Chair.


Neil Smith ’95 lives in Greensboro North Carolina and works at Bayada Home Health Care as a Client Services Manager. Neil also serves on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign’s Triangle NC Steering Committee. In addition to LGBTQIA advocacy, Neil enjoys reading, cooking, swimming and travel. Originally from Roanoke Virginia, Neil grew up on the family farm but has since lived in New York, San Francisco and has called North Carolina home since 2002.


Bud Harrelson (Class of 1999) recently joined Elon’s LGBTQIA Alumni Network board, and will serve as the Network’s communications chair for this year. Bud used he, him, and his pronouns. Bud is a Ph.D in Education student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on creating safe and welcoming environments for LGBTQIA students, educators, and parents / guardians. Prior to returning to school full-time, Bud served as the director of school improvement for the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools. He’s possesses experience across the pre-K through 12 grade span as a teacher, curriculum facilitator, school leader, academic coach, and gifted and talented program director. At Elon, Bud majored in chemistry and science education. In addition to his advocacy work with the LGBTQIA Alumni Network, Bud serves as the treasurer for Safe Schools NC – a non-profit dedicated to supporting teachers and principals as they work to create safe learning environments for all students and employees, especially those who identify as LGBTQIA. Bud enjoys taking long walks with his black lab, Brody.


Ashley Fowler currently lives in Washington, DC where she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Human Rights Campaign's international initiative, HRC Global. While at Elon, as an Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar, Ashley completed an extensive three-year research project examining the development of LGBT rights in Central and Eastern Europe. She is excited to join the LGBTQIA Alumni Network's Leadership Team and looks forward to using her previous experiences and current position to advance the LGBTQIA Elon Alumni Network.





Kyle Keith is a member of the class of 2014. Currently, he is finishing his Master's degree at Appalachian State University. He is excited to be joining the leadership team, and advancing LGBT rights and issues within the Elon community.







Jonathan graduated from Elon University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. As undergraduate he was extensively involved within the Elon community by serving as President of Catholic Campus Ministries, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a student worker in the office of Judicial Affairs. Following graduation he attended the University of South Florida where he graduated with a Master of Education in College Student Affairs. He currently works at Florida International University, in sunny Miami Florida, as the Assistant Director for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. He is passionate about working with student and advocating for the LGBTQIA community which is exampled by his participation in numerous University committees and local community organizations.




Brian O’Shea is a 2004 graduate of Elon University. Originally from Long Island, he's now working in New York City for “Ross Stores” in their Human Resources Division. Brian has been a part of the LGBTQIA Alumni Leadership Team for a number of years and oversees philanthropy.




Ben Smith is a 2009 graduate in Elementary Education. Ben has been a part of the the LGBTQIA Alumni Leadership Team for a number of years and oversees Homecoming activities.