Meet the Office

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General contact

Staff

Laura likes to knit things. Especially rainbow things!
Laura Haave Profile
Director of Gender & Sexuality Center & LGBT Advisor
Title IX Deputy/Prevention
Laura has been a sexuality educator, sexual violence survivor advocate, and LGBTQA activist for more than fifteen years. She has a master’s degree in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and previously worked at Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an alumna of St. John's College, a small liberal arts school in Annapolis, MD. Laura is a teacher trainer and curriculum developer for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education series. She enjoys knitting during meetings and keeps a Sorting Hat in her office. (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Tegra Straight, Assistant Director
Tegra Straight Profile
Assistant Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center

Tegra has worked at Carleton since the Fall of 2011 when she started as an Area Director in Residential Life. In 2014 she became the Assistant Director of the Gender & Sexuality Center and enjoys connecting LGBTQA+ education with aspects around healthy relationships, violence prevention, and intersectionality. She has a BS in Biology and a MA in Higher Educational Administration with a Specialization in Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She enjoys playing football, softball and hanging out with her three cats.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Students

Moriah Arnold
Moriah Arnold ’17 Profile
Hi my name is Moriah and I am a sophomore GSCA from Harvard, MA. I am pre-med as well as a chemistry major and I love spending my time on the women's varsity soccer team, being an admission's tour guide, and living in the women's awareness house! At the GSC, I focus my time on sexual violence prevention and promoting healthy sexual relationships. Please feel free to visit me at the GSC or anywhere else on campus!
Jimmy
Jimmy Donelson III ’17 Profile

Hey! I'm Jimmy and I'm a junior, history major from Houston, TX (I lived two streets over from one of Beyonce's childhood homes). Some of my favorites are Texas Hill Country, Blood Orange Talenti, the Collected Poems of Audre Lorde, and trading music. I'm excited to start the year as a first-time GSCA and to do some programming focused on the intersections of queerness and other social identities. I'm usually in Queer and Allies House, so stop by, find me in the GSC, or stop me around campus!

Pronouns: He/Him/His 

Matthew
Matthew Elfstrand ’17 Profile

Hi, I’m Matthew! I am a junior history major and women’s and gender studies concentrator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I love running in the Arb, reading novels, playing The Settlers of Catan, and binging television shows on Netflix. This is my first year as a GSCA and I am looking forward to working with everyone to foster a culture of affirmative consent as well as LGBTQA+ and feminist communities at the GSC. I always love meeting new people, so come and say hi if you ever want to talk!

Pronouns: He/Him/His 

Sarah Kochanek
Sarah Kochanek ’18 Profile

Hi! My name is Sarah Kochanek and I'm a sophomore (who is still very much undecided about her major) from San Diego, CA. I use the pronouns she/her; I love reading, listening music, being at the beach in any weather, playing lacrosse, and most furry animals. This is my first year working at the GSC and I'm interested in planning educational sex positive events focused on the importance of consent.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

GSCA Liv Phillips
Liv Phillips ’18

Hey! My name is Liv, and I’m a sophomore so I’m an undeclared-but-maybe-CS major. I hail from small town Minnesota, and my interests include Beyoncé, all of the artistic pursuits (except maybe dance), green tea flavored anything, and robots. I’m so pumped to be a new GSCA, because talking about gender and sexuality stuff is probably my favorite pastime. Feel free to hit me up whenever, I’d love to chat!

Pronouns: They/Them 

Caroline Sheffield
Caroline Sheffield ’17

"Hello! I’m Caroline (or Sheff), a junior Sociology/Anthropology major and pre-med from Seattle. I love team sports, making pancakes, fixing and following trails in Washington, and noodling around in the KRLX studio. In the GSC, I’m particularly interested in increasing LGBTQ awareness and allyship on sports teams and promoting safe sexual relationships on campus. I look forward to meeting you in the GSC, at our planned events and around campus!”

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Erick Sirisoukh
Erick Sirisoukh ’17 Profile

Hey, I'm Erick! I'm a junior Psychology major, Educational Studies concentrator from Altamonte Springs, FL. and I'm always up for talking about asexuality, aromanticism, astronomy, intersectionality, and educational issues. Besides being an Admissions tour guide and an Ebony dancer and ex-choreographer, I also love singing, archery, and too many TV shows to count (Orphan Black and Once Upon A Time, to name a few). Never hesitate to say hi to me! Especially on a tour!

Pronouns: He/Him/His 

Kathryn Melendez ’17 Profile
Lori Barrientos Sanchez ’18 Profile
Manuel Lugo Acosta ’19
Jo Kuykendall ’19 Profile
Sophie Palim ’19
Taylor Gaines ’18 Profile
Gabriela Bosquez ’17