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)
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 


Sarah Kochanek
Sarah Kochanek ’18 Profile

My name is Sarah (she/her/hers pronouns) and I'm a junior 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 junior CS major. I hail from small town Minnesota, and my interests include Beyoncé, arts & crafts, green tea flavored anything, & robots. This is my second year as a GSCA, and I'll be working on a variety of things including Queer Peers, Speak Up, Stripped, and the GSC workshop Unpacking Gender. If you have any questions about these events, or in general, definitely feel free to hit me up!

Pronouns: They/Them 

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 junior Studio Art major and Women and Gender Studies concentrator from the D.C. metropolitan region. I love playing rugby, making ceramics, reading WGST theory in relation to pop culture, studying epidemics, and talking about sex education and public health (seriously ask me about contraception and safer sex). Stop by the GSC or at Queer & Allies House (Q&A) to come talk to me!

Pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs 

Audrey Kan ’18 Profile
Clara Hazlett-Norman ’19
Sam Palim ’19
Jesse Barrera-Ledezma ’19
Connor McNamee ’20 Profile
Avery Davis ’20
Sergio Demara ’20 Profile
Anna Shao ’20