Meet the Director

Kelby Accardi-Harrison

Kelly Harrison

Rev. Kelby Accardi-Harrison Ph.D. has been the Center Director since Spring 2014.

After completing her Ph.D. in philosophical 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 sexual and feminist ethics, philosophy of religion, and LGBT social ethics. Kelby trained as an Interfaith chaplain at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center and is a certified Spiritual Director.

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.

Sometimes known as Rev. Kelby, she is ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church, the LGBT focused world-wide Christian denomination. She is committed to spiritual health and expression, and full inclusion of LGBT people in all faith traditions. She is a published author of the book Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing , as well as co-editor of the anthology Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed.