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Jen Hoefle Olson
Director for LGBTQ Affairs

Jen Hoefle Olson is the Director for LGBTQ Affairs through the Dean of Students Office. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology from Northern Arizona University in 2001. She has over fifteen years experience in higher education as both a faculty member and a student affairs professional. She was an adjunct faculty member for five years at NAU where, among other courses, she taught a Sociology of Sexuality and a special topics course in Race, Class and Gender. Since 2007 she has served the University of Arizona campus. She was the Program Director for Social Justice Education...

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Danie Kaplan
Pride Alliance Co-Director
Daniela (Danie) Kaplan is a second semester Junior completing a double major in Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies. This semester she is working as both a front desk assistant in the LGBTQ Resource Center and the intern liaison for Pride Alliance. She is also actively working on the initiative "Pride at UA Hillel" that engages LGBTQ and Jewish identified students at the University of Arizona. Daniela is extremely passionate about the powerful...
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Kat Hermanson
Lead Graphic Designer

Kat is the Lead Graphic Designer for the LGBTQ Resource Center, and is a Junior in Gender & Women Studies. They have been an intern and a desk assistant previously, and they are excited to take their marketing sense and passion and continue to work at the Resource Center.

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Cole Eskridge
LGBTQ Affairs Graduate Assistant

Cole Eskridge is the Ally Development Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Affairs and is mainly charged with the administration of the Safe Zone program. They came to Tucson in June 2012, after graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, to begin their PhD through the GIDP in Entomology and Insect Science. Additionally, they are also a performing member of Reveille Man's Chorus and the founder/president of UA's chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), a student organization that aims to increase...

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Jacob Winkelman

Jacob Winkelman is a junior studying Political Science, English, and Spanish. After working as a Pride Alliance intern for two semesters, Jacob is excited to serve as a Co-Director for the 2015-2016 school year. While his first two years at the UA have been incredible, Jacob is passionate about creating a more welcoming and safe environment for the LGBTQA+ community. In addition to social justice he enjoys traveling, Cafe Luce, football, the Arizona Cardinals, and The Office. Jacob is so grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to make a difference on our campus. You can reach him at...

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Sasha Russon
Graduate Assistant: Internship Supervisor

Sasha Russon is the Graduate Assistant: Internship Supervisor for the Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Sasha leads the Pride Alliance Internship program which is structured to provide valuable leadership and professional development opportunities to UA students who are passionate about Social Justice and LGBTQ+ programming. Sasha also serves as an Intern Therapist at Living Out Loud Health and Wellness Center, which provides comprehensive health care services to Pima County’s LGBTQ+ Communities. Most recently, Sasha worked as a Graduate Assistant: Career Coach providing career planning assistance...

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