About Gender & Sexuality Services

In December 2013, after years of planning, Gender & Sexuality Services was opened on the upper level of the Maucker Union, in the heart of the University of Northern Iowa's campus. Our location within the Plaza level of the Maucker Union is also home to the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), Student Involvement, Military & Veteran Student Services, the Center for Multicultural Education and International Engagement.

As a university resource, the mission of Gender & Sexuality Services is to "...promote healthy, engaged, successful LGBT students and allies. Gender & Sexuality Services provides a safe space, resources and educational opportunities to advocate for an inclusive community."

Contact Gender & Sexuality Services at lgbt@uni.edu or call 319-273-5428.

Our Staff


Kalyani Kannan
LGBTQ+ Student Services Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them or she/her

Kalyani is originally from Utah, holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and graduated from UNI in May 2020 with an M.A. in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs. Kalyani enjoys spending time outdoors, experimenting with new recipes, reading, and hanging out with her partner and their cats.

Office Hours:

  • Mondays 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 10-11 AM
  • Wednesdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Or by appointment


Daria Washington
Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Daria is a first-year graduate student studying social psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching video essays and interacting with animals.

Office Hours:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 3-5 PM
  • Fridays 2-4 PM

Archer Trip
Student Programming Coordinator

Pronouns: he/they

Archer is a junior at UNI majoring in sociology, with minors in Women & Gender Studies, religion and creative writing. He enjoys spending time with his siblings, writing, and reading while he can.