Meet the Office

Click on purple section below each staff picture to learn a little more about the staff of the Gender & Sexuality Center!

General contact


Laura likes to knit things. Especially rainbow things!
Laura Haave Profile
Director of Gender & Sexuality Center
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)
Anna Nowak
Anna Nowak Profile
Temporary Administrative Assistant


GSCA Amirah Ellison
Amirah Ellison ’18 Profile

Hey! I’m Amirah from the northside of Minneapolis, and I am majoring in Cinema and Media Studies with a Middle East Studies concentration. My favorite past times include abolishing the whitesupremacistcapitalistimperialistpatriarchy, as well as bartering candles and fair-trade olive oil in exchange for teas and friendship. My interests include film, journalism, liberation theology, environmental justice, afro-veganism, Islamic feminism, politics (the decolonizing kind, not the establishment kind), and biking. Most of my time is occupied by laying out pages for infemous, playing rugby, and reading the same poems over and over again in dimly-lit coffee shops. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Lori Barrientos Sanchez
Lori Barrientos Sanchez ’18 Profile

Hi! I’m Lori and I’m a senior Studio Art major and Women and Gender Studies minor from the D.C. Metro area. In the GSC, I work on digital and print media for the office and help coordinate Healthy Sexuality programming year-round. I’m also the GSC Liaison for Senate, so feel free to e-mail me any questions or concerns! Outside of the office you can find me at Queer and Allies House (Q&A) or Boliou in one of the studios. My interests include reproductive justice, reading queer theory, listening to alternative R&B, reading natal charts, and going to craft swaps. 

Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

Taylor Gaines
Taylor Gaines ’18 Profile

Hello! My name is Taylor, and I am a Posse scholar from Houston, TX.  At Carleton I am a Women’s and Gender Studies major, who enjoys taking about feminist/queer theory way too much. I’m interested in alternative R&B, photography, history, reproductive justice, and healthy sexuality, more broadly. I’ve been apart of the GSC since I was a freshman, and it has continued to be a great resource for others and myself. So I’m really excited to be a GSCA this upcoming year! Lastly, If you see me around campus feel free to say hello, and or ask me a question!

Audrey Kan ’18 Profile

Hi! My name is Audrey (she/her pronouns are fine) and I'm a senior Cinema and Media Studies major and Cognitive Science minor. This year in the GSC, some of my main jobs include TeaTime, Stripped, and LGBTQA+ Panels. I am also a part of QTPOC (Queer/Questioning/Trans People of Color) and GDG (Gender Discussion Group). My other interests include philosophy, photography, cooking, and rocks. I'm also great with dogs. Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or just to chat!

Sarah Kochanek
Sarah Kochanek ’18 Profile

My name is Sarah (she/her/hers pronouns) and I'm a senior Philosophy major, minoring in both Spanish and Women's and Gender Studies. I've been working at the GSC for about 2 years now, and I absolutely love this position. Some of the main projects I've worked on include topics such as: teaching about gender and sexual identity, adding nuance to these discussions in various forms, and working towards sexual violence prevention. I feel so lucky to be involved with this group of people who are so dedicated to making Carleton's campus a better place. Outside of the GSC, I love reading, listening to music, being at the beach in any weather, playing lacrosse, and spending time with dogs.

Liv Phillips
Liv Phillips ’18

"Hey! My name is Liv, and I’m a senior CS major. I'm from a tiny town a few hours northwest of here, and my interests include Beyoncé, arts & crafts, green tea flavored anything, & robots. This is my third year as a GSCA, and I'll be spending most of my time wrangling folks in the queer peers program (which you should definitely sign up for!). I'm always happy to chat, so if you see me around campus, definitely feel free to hit me up!

Pronouns: They/Them"

Jesse Barrera-Ledezma
Jesse Barrera-Ledezma ’19
Clara Hazlett-Norman
Clara Hazlett-Norman ’19

Hey! I'm Clara Hazlett-Norman from Durham, North Carolina, and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I'm a senior Sociology/Anthropology major with an Africana Studies concentration and an Environmental Studies focus. I'm also a member of CAASHA (Campus Advocates Against Sexual Harassment and Assault). When I'm not in the GSC, you can find me doing contact improv, reading Black feminist poetry and theory, living in CANOE, listening to Rhiannon Giddens, being in the arb, and cooking anything involving vegetables and peanut butter. I'm always down to talk about colonial/patriarchal/racist/transphobic/capitalist power structures specifically in relationship to sexuality, food systems, and climate justice. In the GSC, I'm involved with Stripped, Speak Up, and Fem Sex. Let me know if you have any questions or just want to talk! 

Sam Palim ’19
Avery Davis
Avery Davis ’20 Profile

Hi! My name is Avery and I use he/him/his pronouns. I’m a sophomore from Houston, Texas. Back home I have a sweet puppy and two therapy mice! I love reading, art, and movie nights. This year at the GSC I am working with Msex, Telling Our Journeys, the Unpacking Gender workshop, and the Senior Banquet planning! I’m almost always around to talk and would love to get to know more Carls here better!

Sergio Demara
Sergio Demara ’20 Profile

Hi! I’m Sergio and I am a sophomore from Tucson, Arizona. I will potentially be an English or Cinema & Media Studies major, because I love creative writing and films. My roles in the GSC are with Green Dot, Healthy Sexuality, Rainbow Retreat, and Stripped. On campus I lead QTPOC (Queer, Questioning, and Trans People of Color), perform in several dance groups, and advocate for diversity on student government. My interests include subverting the patriarchy through bold lipsticks, writing poems, and watching good movies. Don’t be afraid to email me or say hi!

Pronouns: he/him/his & they/them/theirs

Connor McNamee
Connor McNamee ’20 Profile

Hi, I'm Connor McNamee (He/Him/His) and I'm a sophomore from Jackson,Mississippi. I'm probably going to be an American Studies major with a minor in statistics but who knows I still have a bit to figure that out. This year I'll be working on Queer Peers, tea time, rainbow reception, and Speak Up. My past times include Model UN, hanging out with my friends, and being very opinionated on the institutional power structures destroying America. Some of my favorite things are bad horror movies, good horror movies, mindlessly playing video games, and having a good time. If you have any questions about the GSC, any of my projects this year, or me in general feel free to email.

Shelsea St. Hillien
Shelsea St. Hillien ’20 Profile

Hey, I'm Shelsea, and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am from Naples, FL, and  I intended on majoring in chemistry and minoring in neuroscience. I enjoy finding new good music, poppin' flavor and dripping' sauce, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach. I will be embarking on the position of WA house manager and I cannot wait to be more involved in the GSC. Feel free to contact me whenever; I always available/down to talk!