LGBTQ Resource Center Senior Staff
Director | Phone: 315.443.0228
Jorge Castillo comes to the LGBT Resource Center from West Virginia University (WVU), where he served as the inaugural assistant director for the LGBTQ+ Center and oversaw the LGBTQ studies minor in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Prior to his roles at WVU, Castillo has served as an instructor at the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Fairfield University, and St. Lawrence University, where he taught courses in Latinx studies, gender, sexuality, and queer studies, Latin American literature and film, and Spanish language. Castillo is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut focusing on queer sexualities and globalization in Caribbean literature and film, where he also earned a master’s in Spanish literature and language. He received his B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with a concentration in Hispanic Culture and Literature and Mexican American Studies.
Program Coordinator | 315.443.0228
Jo is the Program Coordinator for the LGBT Resource Center. They previously took classes in Syracuse University's Higher Education program and served as the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT RC for the 2017-2018 school year. During this time, they co-facilitated Fusion, a discussion group for queer and trans people of color, lead trainings and workshops and planned events such as the HoliGay and Trans Day of Liberation 2018. Jo’s current work with the center includes event planning, advising Embody, a discussion group for transgender/non-binary/gender non-conforming people, and overseeing the Center's student employees.
Prior to arriving in Syracuse, they attended Cornell University, where they received their Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in diversity education and minors in Business and Asian American Studies. They are passionate about working with queer college students and students of color and focus their work on intersectionality and bettering the college experience for those with marginalized identities. Outside of work, they enjoy playing the flute, binging food shows on Netflix, geeking out over the history of glass, and Studio Ghibli movies.
Graduate Assistant | 315.443.0228
Sarah is the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center. She is currently pursuing her master's in Higher Education from Syracuse University. Before coming to Syracuse, Sarah completed her undergraduate coursework at Binghamton University, where she majored in Human Development with a concentration in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Sarah's extracurricular activities during her undergraduate career were helping to run an intersectional feminist organization on campus, as well as partaking in social activism both on campus and in the greater Binghamton area. During her time here at Syracuse, Sarah hopes to continue her activist work, as well as maintain her focus on centering marginalized folks and keeping an intersectional framework in the programming she does. In her free time (ha!) , Sarah enjoys hiking and being outside, painting, learning random useless trivia, and drinking a lot of tea. She invites you to come hang out and drink tea with her, once it's safe enough to do so!
LGBTQ Resource Center Student Staff
Hey, y’all! My name is Alex Middleton and I’m passionate about my major, Communication Sciences and Disorders. I also hope to minor in LGBTQ Studies. Outside of my work at the LGBTQ Resource Center, you can find me in oSTEM meetings, at the DILL lab, or cuddling with my cat watching a cringey throwback show. I was born and raised in San Diego, so you may see me popping up and squealing in the center at any sign of weather (everything is so exciting!). My goal is to be approachable, and I have been told by strangers that I have a good ~vibe~, so feel free to stop by and strike up a conversation with me at the Resource Center, ya know, post Covid.
Hi there! My name is Andrew. I’m a Computer Science major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science with a focus in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). I’m also the President of oSTEM, a club for queer students who study STEM (register for our listserv here). Come by the Intercultural Collective and check out our activities to say hi and build our community!
Howdy! I’m Berri and I am a sophomore Communications and Rhetorical Studies major, and I hope to go into advertising post-college. Outside of school, I am the secretary for I Am That Girl, and I do a radio show every Friday from 4-5 PM called Soft Serv Radio on werwradio.com (shameless plug!). I also love making art, going to live music events, and cooking – although I don’t get to do much of it here at school. I I’m looking forward to meeting all of y’all at the new Resource Center!
Hi all! My name is Nicole and I’m currently majoring in Communication and Rhetorical Studies. I’m not sure what exactly I want to do with that just yet, but I know I’d like my career to center around social justice advocacy. When I’m not drowning in homework, I’m either playing Sims, at the RC, or meeting with my organization SASSE (Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment.) Stop by the RC to say hi and trade cute animal pics with me!