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Out & Ally Network

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What is the Out & Ally Network?
The Out and Ally Network at UNI is a publicly accessible list of UNI community members who are dedicated to making UNI an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students. This resource serves students by increasing the accessibility and visibility of our community members and allies, showing our students that they are not alone. 

Safe Zone AllyThis person is an active Safe Zone Ally at UNI. They have completed the training within the last two years and are currently serving as a Safe Zone Ally. 

LGBTQ Pride Flag This person is out about their LGBTQ+ identity.

How can I be listed as a resource?
If you have been through Safe Zone Ally training and/or are an out LGBTQ+ staff or faculty member, you can sign up to be listed as a resource here.

If you wish to make edits to your listing, please e-mail
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NameRoleDepartmentAlly or LGBTQ?
Melinda Beland, she or theyClerk IV, Public RelationsRod LibrarySafe Zone Ally
Kaili Benham, she/her/hersFinancial Aid CounselorFinancial Aid and ScholarshipsSafe Zone Ally
Emily Borcherding, she/her/hersStudent Success and Learning CoordinatorUndergraduate StudiesSafe Zone Ally
Claire Bowling, she/her/hersLibrary Assistant IIIRod LibrarySafe Zone Ally
Jim Bray, he/him/hisAssistant Professor of Theatre/ActingTheatre UNILGBTQ Pride Flag
Jeffery ByrdProfessor & Department HeadArtSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Kelsey Cain, she/her/hersDirector of Gender Violence PreventionNorthern Iowa Student GovermentSafe Zone Ally
Hannah CiesielskiInternStudent Accessibility ServicesSafe Zone Ally
Michael Conrad, he/him/hisAssistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Music EducationSchool of MusicSafe Zone Ally
Jess Cruz, she/her/hersExhibit Preparator and Outreach CoordinatorUNI MuseumSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Breanna Daley, she/her/hersGraduate AssistantSchool of MusicLGBTQ Pride Flag
Linda Debarthe, she/her/hersInstructorAccounting Department, College of Business AdministrationSafe Zone Ally
Timothy Dirksen, he or theyCampus Relations Committee ChairNorthern Iowa Student GovernmentSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Carrier Elser, she/her/hersInstructorDepartment of TeachingSafe Zone Ally
Joseph Espinosa, he/him/hisDesk AssistantDepartment of ResidenceSafe Zone Ally
Isaiah FinanResident Assistant, CAB Live! Executive BoardCABSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Brittany Flokstra, she/her/hersInstructor, Faculty Ally of the Year 2018Chemistry and BiochemistryLGBTQ Pride Flag
Caroline Francis, she/her/hersCommunications and Operations CoordinatorSchool of MusicLGBTQ Pride Flag
Libby Fry, she/her/hersInstructorSocial WorkSafe Zone Ally
Melissa Gevaert, she/her/hersLibrary Assistant IVRod LibrarySafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Lisa Green, she/her/hersProject CoordinatorCenter for Social & Behavioral ResearchSafe Zone Ally
Susan Grover, she/her/hersSecretary IISchool of MusicLGBTQ Pride Flag
Shawna Jesse, she/her/hersHealth Promotion CoordinatorStudent Wellness ServicesSafe Zone Ally
Connie Hansen, she/her/hersStudent Organizations CoordinatorOffice of Student LifeSafe Zone Ally
Carolyn Hildebrant, she/her/hersProfessor of PsychologyPsychologySafe Zone Ally
Susan Hill, she/her/hersDirector of the CETL and Professor of ReligionCenter for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Philosophy and World ReligionLGBTQ Pride Flag
Katie Hillyer, she/her/hersDirector, Office for Professional DistinctionCollege of Business AdministrationSafe Zone Ally
Gretchen Honsell, she or theyCounselorCounseling CenterLGBTQ Pride Flag
Aaron Howard, he/him/hisNetwork Architect and ManagerIT Network Infrastructure ServicesSafe Zone Ally
Kimberly Hurley, she/her/hersAssistant ProfessorKinesiology, Allied Health and Human ServicesLGBTQ Pride Flag
Blair Izard, she/her/hersAssistant ProfessorDepartment of MathematicsLGBTQ Pride Flag
Jennifer Jass, she/her/hersFamily and Mental Health Nurse PractitionerStudent Health ClinicSafe Zone Ally
Lori Johnson, she/her/hersAdvising Coordinator / InstructorDepartment of Communication and MediaSafe Zone Ally
Kalyani Kannan, she/her/hersLGBTQ* Student Services CoordinatorGender & Sexuality ServicesSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Shelby Kaingu, she/her/hersFinancial Literacy Outreach CoordinatorFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsSafe Zone Ally
Heather Kennedy, she/her/hersAssistant ProfessorFamily ServicesLGBTQ Pride Flag
Paula Knudson, she/her/hersVice President for Student AffairsStudent AffairsLGBTQ Pride Flag
Lindsey Laughlin, she or theyGraduate AssistantEd Tech & Design, College of EducationSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Emmett Lynch, he/him/hisResident Assistant Safe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Jenny Lynes, she/her/hersStudent Accessibility Services CoordinatorStudent Accessibility ServicesSafe Zone Ally
Cori Martin, she/her/hersSecretary IVDepartment of HistorySafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Linda McLaury, she/her/hersAccess Services CoordinatorRod LibraryLGBTQ Pride Flag
Kaylee Michelson, she/her/hersCivil Rights InvestigatorOffice of Compliance and Equity ManagementSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Erin Kaye Miller, she/her/hersResident AssistantDepartment of ResidenceSafe Zone Ally
Katie Milne, she/her/hersAssistant Director of Student Success and RetentionStudent Success and RetentionSafe Zone Ally
Paula Myatt, she/her/hersResidence Life CoordinatorDepartment of ResidenceSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Janel Newman, she/her/hersAssistant Dean of StudentsDean of StudentsLGBTQ Pride Flag
Katie O'Brien, she/her/hersInstructor of American Sign LanguageCommunication Sciences and DisordersSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Gonzalo Olaguez-Duarte, he/him/hisStudent LeaderPanther eSportsSafe Zone Ally
Steven Onken, he/him/hisAssociate ProfessorSocial WorkLGBTQ Pride Flag
Amy Osatinski, she/her/hersAssistant ProfessorTheatreSafe Zone Ally
Kristin Peiffer, she/her/hersAssistant Director of Financial AidFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsSafe Zone Ally
Jordan Peterson, he/him/hisGraduate Research AssistantLanguages and LiteratureLGBTQ Pride Flag
Dick Pfarrer, he/him/hisPolice OfficerPublic SafetySafe Zone Ally
Leslie Prideaux, she/her/hersAVP of Alumni RelationsAlumni RelationsSafe Zone Ally
Allyson Rafanello, she/her/hersDean of Students, Departmental Ally of the Year 2018Dean of StudentsSafe Zone Ally
Nick Rafanello, he/him/hisDirector of Residence LifeDepartment of ResidenceSafe Zone Ally
AJ Richard, she/her/hersGraduate AssistantHealth, Recreation and Community ServicesLGBTQ Pride Flag
Thomas Riedmiller, he/him/hisAcademic Support SpecialistCulture and Intensive English ProgramsLGBTQ Pride Flag
Leila Rod-Welch, she/her/hersOutreach Services LibrarianRod LibraryLGBTQ Pride Flag
Christina Roybal, she/her/hersSenior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration Athletics Safe Zone Ally
Heather Schaffner, she/her/hersAdjust InstructorHistory DepartmentSafe Zone Ally
Ryan Scholl, she/her/hersSecretaryCollege of EducationSafe Zone Ally
Susie Schwieger, she/her/hersDirector of Graduate LifeGraduate College Safe Zone Ally
Sara Sladky, she/her/hersCampus MinistryBASICSafe Zone Ally
Jesse SwanProfessorLanguages & LiteraturesLGBTQ Pride Flag
Mike Tate, he/him/hisGraduate Assistant Supporting Mental HealthStudent AffairsSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Lori VanHooreweghe, she/her/hersAcademic Advisor Academic Advising Safe Zone Ally
Tessa Wakefield, she/her/hersArchival Processor and Reference SpecialistRod LibrarySafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Jennifer Waldron, she/her/hersAssociate Vice President of Research & Innovation, Dean of the Graduate CollegeGraduate CollegeLGBTQ Pride Flag
TJ Warren, he/him/hisAssistant Director of Career ServicesCareer ServicesSafe Zone Ally
Angela Waseskuk, she/her/hersFoundations Coordinator, Instructor, 2019 Faculty Ally of the YearArtSafe Zone Ally
Chris Wichert, they/them/theirsPresident of UNIFI, Honors Advisory Board MemberUNI Freethinkers and InquirersSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Chris Wiebe, he/him/hisResidence Life CoordinatorDepartment of ResidenceSafe Zone AllyLGBTQ Pride Flag
Clint Wrede, he/him/hisAssociate Professor, LibrarianRod LibrarySafe Zone Ally
Deb Dimond Young, she/her/hersAdjunct InstructorDepartment of Languages and LiteraturesSafe Zone Ally