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

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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, connecting with community, experimenting with new recipes, and reading.

Drop-In Hours:

  • Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm
  • Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • Fridays 10-11 am
  • Or by appointment


Graduate Assistant & Intern

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Lorenzo is a second-year graduate student in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program, having previously earned a Bachelors degree from UNI in Family Services.

Student Programming Coordinator

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Emma is a junior majoring in psychology. She loves supporting local businesses, participating in local community events, and crafting.

Student Programming Coordinator

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Archer is a senior majoring in Sociology with minors in Women & Gender Studies, Religion, and Creative Writing. He loves to talk about crochet and facilitates a weekly book club in Gender & Sexuality Services.