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LGBT* Center 

319-273-LGBT (5428)

Upper Level of the Maucker Union

Photo of Emily HarschEmily Harsch, LGBT* Student Services Coordinator
319-273-LGBT (5428)

Emily serves as the first full time staff member for LGBTQ+ students, allies, the University community and the Cedar Valley. Emily works in an advocacy role across campus as a resource to LGBTQ+ students and their allies as the main point of contact for the LGBT* Center. Emily manages and maintains the Safe Zone Program, coordinates the Center's outreach efforts and annual events, including Lavender Graduation and Rainbow Reception, and works with students directly. 


Hailey Hatch, Graduate Assistant
319-273-LGBT (5428)

Hailey serves as a resource to LGBT* students and their allies within the LGBT* Center. Hailey facilitates and maintains the Safe Zone Program, assists in the coordination of the Center's annual events, supervises the ambassador team, and works with students directly. 




Allyson RafanelloAllyson Rafanello, Assistant Dean of Students

As one portion of her position, Allyson serves as a resource to LGBT* students on campus and supervises the LGBT* Student Services Coordinator and the LGBT* Center Graduate Assistant.





Ambassador ProgramAmbassador Program

The LGBT* Center Ambassador program was created in the Fall of 2014 to support outreach efforts from the LGBT* Center while continuing to keep student involvement a priority in the Center. Applications for ambassadors positions are typically available at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, depending on the size of the team. Ambassadors are trained to represent the Center at campus and community events, may help co-facilitate Safe Zone Ally training sessions, develop their own projects relating to LGBTQ+ issues, and serve as a resource to other students while they are in the center.