Students, faculty, and staff celebrate the hiring of the next director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.
A welcome reception open to all will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Moseley 215 to welcome Luis H. Garay (they/their) as the director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center (GLC). Attendees can meet Garay and have the opportunity to provide feedback on advancing the GLC.
Garay served as director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Virginia Tech and brings previous experience from the Cross Cultural Center at St. Louis University. Garay earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts at Dominican University and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri.
A graduate of the national Social Justice Training Institute, Garay has fused student leadership, identity and intersectionality throughout conference presentations and talks, including “Tracing Histories of Student Resistance in the Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” and “Anti-Blackness in Mexican and Mexican-American Communities.”
Garay will report to Matthew Antonio Bosch, dean of student inclusive excellence, in the new Office of Student Life structure, with CREDE and the GLC both reporting through Bosch. Garay has already been meeting with students, faculty, and staff to hear about their experiences and ideas for advancing Elon’s inclusion towards people of all genders, sexualities and intersectional identities.