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 & 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 


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 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 

Erick 2016
Erick Sirisoukh ’17 Profile

Hey, I'm Erick! I'm a senior Psychology major, Educational Studies concentrator from Altamonte Springs, FL. and I'm always up for talking about asexuality, aromanticism, astronomy, and educational issues. Also, hit me up if you want to spontaneously harmonize and be musical. Besides being an Admissions tour guide and a Synchrony II dancer and 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

My name is Kathryn (she/her/hers pronouns), and I am a senior American Studies major and Women's and Gender Studies concentrator. My academic interests in racial, economic, immigration, and gender justice can be traced back to my high school classes and my family experiences. However, these interests have grown the most through my membership in CORAL, WHOA, and QTPOC at Carleton. Find me spending time with these communities each week! Though I miss being with these communities off campus, I also love being back home in Southern California for the concerts and hiking trails.

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 

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 

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 

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 

Manuel Lugo Acosta ’19
Sam Palim ’19
Gabriela Bosquez ’17
Spencer O'Bryan ’17