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.
Out and Allied Participants
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, they, them, theirs
Electrical engineering, Power Electronics
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, they, them, theirs
Integrations team at UIS in Systems Administration
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, 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!
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, she, her, hers
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.
LASP Electrical Engineering Group
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.