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The Center for Inclusion & Social Change is supporting a campus-wide LGBTQ+ faculty visibility campaign, initiated and co-hosted by Out in STEM@CU Boulder, a group of LGBTQ+ students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. 

Campus climate and retention data show that LGBTQ+ students are at a disproportionate risk for dropping out of CU Boulder. Research shows that having out, visible faculty and other STEM community members can improve students’ sense of belonging and inclusion. The website resource will promote visibility, community and pride for the LGBTQ+ community in the STEM fields. If you would like to be a part of the visibility campaign, please complete the form below, faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to apply. A headshot or photo is encouraged but not required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Scarlet.Bowen@colorado.edu or call 303-492-2966.

We look forward to your involvement with our growing community. 

Join Out and Allied in STEM

Out and Allied Participants

Tessa Gorte

Tessa Gorte, she, her, hers
ATOC, studfying ice sheets and climate
Advocate and ally
How have you contributed in supporting people of diverse genders and sexualities? I am a member of WiSE (Women in Science) and am actively involved in my department's committee of Inclusive Excellence.
My message to you: You are more than just welcome here- you belong.
Fun fact: I spend almost all of my free time with my dogs!

Kei/Kay Wong

Kei/Kay Wong, they, them, theirs
​Electrical engineering, Power Electronics
LGBTQ+
How has your gender identity and/or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community? Being a queer in a minority group not known for their acceptance of LGBTQ has strengthened my resolve to fight for myself.
My message to you: You are not alone, and you don't have to be afraid.
Fun fact: I have been to Japan for a total of three weeks.

Ash Mechtley

Ash Mechtley, they, them, theirs
Integrations team at UIS in Systems Administration
LGBTQ+
How have you contributed in supporting people of diverse genders and sexualities? I have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the trans community through drag performances.
How has your gender identity or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community? I work in the CU Systems Adminstration and am "out" as transgender.
My message to you: Being yourself paves the way for others. Being "out" when you don't have to be is a form of activism. You are not alone.
Fun fact: I have a Ph.D. in Computational Science from ASU.

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson, he, him, his
Professor Computer Science and Associate Dean
Advocate and ally
How have you contributed in supporting people of diverse genders and sexualities? I advocate for policy that supports equality for LGBTQ+ rights both personally and professionally.
My message to you: You are welcome here; we want you to succeed!
Fun Fact: I once gave Ella Fitzgerald a kiss on the cheek!

Mark Gross

Mark Gross
ATLAS Institute and Computer Science Department
Advocate and ally
How have you contributedd in supporting people of diverse genders and sexualities? As director I work to maintain CU's ATLAS Institute as a welcoming space for all.
My message to you: ATLAS' labs and academic programs invite you to work and play with us.
Fun fact: Spun out a robot toy company from my lab.

Meredith Betterton

Meredith Betterton, she, her, hers
Physics Professor
LGBTQ+
How has your gender identity or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community? Being a queer woman in physics has been challenging.
My message to you: Seek big challenges, find supportive peers and mentors and don't give up.
Fun fact: I love to rock climb.

Aisha Nammari
LASP Electrical Engineering Group
LGBTQ+
How has your gender identity or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community. My gender identity has really pushed me to get more involved with improving things for everyone in my department.
My message to you: I think it is important to speak up if things don't feel right. If you don't say something things may never get better.

Benjamin Pollard

Benjamin Pollard, he, him, his
Postdoc in Physics Education Research
LGBTQ+
How has your gender identity or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community: My sexuality has helped me understand toxic aspects of STEM culture.
My message to you: Be on the lookout for friends and supports in unexpected places.
Fun fact: I play bassoon in orchestras and chamber groups!

Caitlin Cash

Caitlin Cash, they, them, theirs
LGBTQ+
Advocate

How has your gender identity or sexuality shaped who you are as a member of the STEM community: There are extremely few openly nonbinary people in physics, even at the undergraduate level. I am constantly aware of how my identity in physics caters to the LGBTQ community (especially the trans and nonbinary communities).
My message to you: STEM can and must include people of diverse genders and sexualities.
Fun fact: I spent a year between undergrad and grad school working in a specialty bakery!

Mary Spirio

Mary Spirio, she, her, hers
Advocate
Bold Center
My message to you: In this very large world of ours, it is important to connect with people who love you, treat you with respect, and who celebrate the beautiful person you are.
Fun Fact: At the age of 51, I was fortunate to finish my master's in a degree program located in three different European countries: Scotland, Malta, and Estonia. It was fantastic!