Megan van der Toorn
Megan van der Toorn (she/they) joined the Trojan Family in July 2020 when she began her role as Center Director of the LGBT Resource Center. Prior to coming to USC, Megan worked for six year’s at UCLA’s LGBTQ Campus Resource Center, serving first as Program Coordinator and then as Assistant Director. During her time at UCLA, Megan facilitated LGBTQ competency trainings for over 5000 UCLA students, staff, faculty, and LA community members; provided career and leadership development for undergraduate LGBTQ students through the creation and implementation of UCLA’s LGBTQ Student Leadership Retreat; conducted broader assessment and strategic planning for the LGBTQ Campus Resource Center; and, most importantly, had the privilege of mentoring countless students through their queer identity development journeys.
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Michael Gorse, M.Ed.
|Michael Gorse has served as the Center Supervisor of the LGBTQ+ Student Center since August 2016. During their time as a USC graduate student in the Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program (graduated May 2016), Michael founded the Queer Graduate Alliance (a student organization for all LGBTQ+ graduate students), served as the Vice President of the PASA Network, and worked at the LGBTQ+ Student Center as the Lead Graduate Assistant. In his current role, Michael supports the LGBTQ+SC services/programs, provides one-on-one support for students, supervises the LGBTQ+SC student staff and volunteers, and plans large-scale events for the LGBTQ+ community.
Michael’s university-wide work includes serving as an elected member and as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair of the USC Staff Assembly, representing staff and students on the Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Task Force, and conducting trainings and departmental consultations regarding LGBTQ+ cultural humility and other social issues. The favorite parts of their job involve student development, the Lavender Lounger volunteer program (which he oversees), Mental Health First Aid education (as a certified instructor), and working with diverse LGBTQ+ populations (e.g., Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), LGBTQ+ international students). Michael also is a Ph.D. in Education (with an emphasis in Leadership Studies) student at Chapman University, where he studies and completes research around LGBTQ+ student mental health, wellbeing, and experiences in K-12 education.
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