Center Staff

Rev. Kelby Harrison, Ph.D.

Director

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Rev. Kelby Harrisonn Ph.D. has served as director of the Resource Center since 2014. While a graduate student at Northwestern University, she was a passionate, active leader in the campus LGBT community, founding the University’s first graduate student LGBT organization, and helping to found a yearly national graduate student conference: Queertopia! She has also received recognition from the Human Rights Campaign as the Chicago Area student of the year.

After completing her Ph.D. in ethics, gender, and sexuality in 2010 from Northwestern University, she served as the post-doctoral fellow in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, where she taught Christian ethics, philosophy of religion, and LGBT social ethics.

Sometimes known as Rev. Kelby, she is ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church, the LGBT focused Christian denomination. She is committed to spiritual health and expression, and full inclusion of LGBT people in all faith traditions.

To learn more about our director, visit her page. You can contact Kelby at kelbyhar@usc.edu.

 

Michael Gorse, M.Ed.

Center Supervisor

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Michael Gorse, M.Ed.Michael_crop Michael Gorse, M.Ed. graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with his Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) in May 2016. As a graduate student at USC, Michael founded the Queer Graduate Alliance (a student organization for all LGBTQ+ graduate students) and served as the Vice President of the PASA Network. He taught English to the spouses of international students during his first semester at USC. Michael worked in the LGBT Resource Center at USC for two years as a graduate assistant before beginning his role as Center Supervisor at the in August 2016.

Michael’s professional interests include student development and support, event planning, diverse populations, LGBT mental health, LGBT social wellness, and LGBT leadership. His work experience has primarily been with international students, LGBTQ students, students of color, and other marginalized populations. Through his work, Michael maintains a focus on the intersectionality of identities, educational outreach, and personal connections.  Every day, he hopes that he is “queering” higher education not just for LGBTQ students, but for all marginalized populations.

You can contact Michael at mgorse@usc.edu.

 

 

Graduate Staff

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Erica Kirk

Lead Graduate Assistant

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Erica Kirk is a master’s candidate in the Rossier School of Education studying Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA). They are a genderfluid queer who loves to camp, read, and play video games.

Bonnie Johnson

Event Coordinator

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Bonnie Johnson is a second year MSW candidate at USC. In her spare time she enjoys interior decorating, cooking, sunbathing, and destroying the patriarchy.

Sergio Gonzales

Event Coordinator

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Sergio Gonzales is from the Bay Area and did his undergraduate studies at Manhattanville College in New York. His research interests at USC focus on education inequity, specifically surrounding first generation, low income, undocumented and queer people of color.

Renee Shuo

Rasheeda/Renee Bradley

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Shuo Ma

Event Coordinator

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Undergraduate Staff

 
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Angel L. Zayas

Lead Undergraduate Student Worker
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Lead Undergraduate Student Worker

Adri Bernal Martinez

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Student Worker

Adriana (Adri) Bernal Martinez is a freshman from Austin, TX majoring in Business Administration. She likes watching scary films, getting her nails done and drinking horchata.

Ronnie Dong

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Communications

Ronnie is a junior double majoring in Communications and Sociology. They love limes, koalas and sloths, potatoes, and is almost always seen with their iconic cap.

 

Jesse Tobar

Student Worker

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