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About Us

The LGBTQ+ Center offers inclusive programming and outreach initiatives for WVU students, faculty, staff, and broader community members. We collaborate with and support the university’s larger social justice efforts by providing inclusive, academic, and curricular development education on all WVU campuses, by advocating for members of our community, and by building coalitions and services. We also work throughout WVU campuses and across the state to improve understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues and community engagement.

OUR faculty and STAFF

Meet the LGBTQ+ Center team:

Ellen Rodrigues Ph.D. (She/They)


Abby Laderer

Abby Laderer

Student Ambassador

Olivia Villeneuve Profile

Olivia Villeneuve

Graduate Assistant

Jules Connie

Student Ambassador

Jodi Vincent

Administrative Assistant

Program Coordinator

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 OUR Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows serve as Safe Zone facilitators and LGBTQ+ Center representatives to promote and prioritize continuous improvement of LGBTQ+ affirmation and inclusion across WVU and West Virginia. 

Kim Floyd

Dr. Kim Floyd

Associate Professor of Special Education in the School of Counseling and Well-being

Stephanie Hines

Stefanie Hines

Teaching Assistant Professor in Energy Land Management

Dr. Kacey Kidd

Dr. Kacie Kidd

Medical director of the Gender and Sexual Development Multidisciplinary Clinic

Court Lanham

Court Lanham

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Health Sciences

Angel Smothers

Angel Smothers

School of Nursing Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Clinical Associate Professor

Ron Reaser Profile

Ron Reaser

Teaching Instructor - Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


Our History

Since established in 2016, the WVU LGBTQ+ Center offers inclusive programming and outreach initiatives for WVU students, faculty and staff. We support the University’s land-grant mission and larger social justice efforts by providing outreach, education, advocacy and engagement. We help WVU establish a leadership role in the state and among our peer institutions on matters related to gender and sexuality.

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Goals and Objectives

We support the university’s educational social justice efforts through trainings, classes, and advocacy on WVU campuses and across the state.

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WVU LGBTQ+ Center Outcomes 2023