Kaitlin moved to Jacksonville from Rochester, NY in August 2013 to join the University of North Florida staff. She is an engaging and passionate LGBTQ professional who helps organizations advance to the next level of diversity and inclusion goals through LGBTQ and social justice advocacy, education, and support. Her current focus includes institutional policy and cultural change for transgender inclusion, capacity building for LGBTQ support services, development of resources through community partnerships and fundraising, increased visibility of diversity support through marketing and collaboration, meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community, and outreach-based education for organizational cultural change. At the UNF LGBT Resource Center, she leads program development, educational initiatives, advocacy and policy updates, community outreach, and the development and implementation of the Center’s annual goals.
Kaitlin has experience developing initiatives, programs, and campaigns in LGBTQ advocacy, transgender inclusion, feminist leadership development, reproductive justice, and mentoring with a focus on young professionals and college students. She trains and consults on gender and sexuality, transgender inclusion, diversity, social justice, and meeting the needs of the LGBTQ population. Her research interests include mentoring and LGBTQ students, the impact of social justice and inclusion competency training, and community building efforts within organizations. Currently, Kaitlin serves as a Southeast region co-coordinator for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Vice President for Diversity with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (First CoastChapter), and as a TransAction Florida advisory board member with EqualityFlorida. Kaitlin enjoys facilitating discovery and “a-ha!” moments for people of all ages.
Kaitlin’s professional practice is guided by an inclusive and intentional approach, centered on empowerment and community building. Her work is influenced by her training in feminist, queer, and gender theories, critical cultural theory, and communications/rhetorical studies. That practice has been informed by experience in public policy campaigns and advocacy, public relations, education and training, nonprofit service and leadership, direct service, and direct action. Key focus areas are gender identity/expression, sexuality, transgender inclusion, community organizing, reproductive health, diversity education and training, and intersectionality.
Prior to joining UNF, Kaitlin held professional positions at the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York. She earned a Masters of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Florida in 2016 and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Rhetoric with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from Nazareth College in 2010.
In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys distance running (as of February 2017 you can call her a “marathoner”), eating (especially peanut butter), outdoor adventures, and getting lost in a good book.
Dwan Love is the Program Coordinator for the University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center. A UNF alum, Dwan received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare. At the UNF LGBT Resource Center, Dwan works to create programming that supports and educates students and provide a safe environment that advocates for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
As a long-time advocate and activist, Dwan recently worked with the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality during the fight to pass a fully inclusive human rights ordinance to Jacksonville. After the passage of the human rights ordinance, Dwan briefly worked with Equality Florida as an Outreach Coordinator, meeting with volunteers at LGBTQ pride celebrations across the state, delivered trainings to volunteers, and planned events concerning racial justice.
Dwan is passionate about issues concerning racial inequities, food security, body positivity, and politics. In her free time, she enjoys reading short stories, gardening (despite having a black thumb), swimming, binge watching tv shows, and discovering new podcasts.