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.
Program Support Specialist / Mentor Program Coordinator
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Angel Kalafatis is a sex-positive educator, academic, advocate, and activist. She is a research psychologist who is currently finishing her MSPS (Master of Science in Psychological Science) at UNF. Her research interests focus on social and personality psychology, sexual orientation and behavior, bias and stigma, identity formation, and impression management –particularly in the alternative sexuality community. At the UNF LGBT Resource Center she works as the Mentor Program Coordinator for Club Can-Do, a community-based student achievement and mentoring program for college students who identify as LGBTQIA+. She is also a facilitator of LGBTQIA Speakers Bureau and she leads “Love without Limits,” an identity group for students who identify with non-mononormative and non-dyadic sexual and relationship orientations.
Angel is currently under supervision with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) to become a Certified Sexuality Educator. She has nearly 6 years’ experience as a sexuality educator conducting lectures, conference presentations, workshops, and other public and private events. She teaches and raises awareness on topics such as sexual health, identity and behavior, consent, alternative sexuality (e.g. BDSM and kink, consensual nonmonogamy), LGBTQIA+ issues, feminism, gender issues, and more.
Angel obtained a B.A. in English Literature in 2005 from the University of North Florida where she focused on British Literature, Literary Interpretation, and Queer Theory with a minor in Political Science. She is passionate about social justice issues and creating a community that celebrates individuality while fostering inclusion, diversity, and equity. She is an avid coffee drinker, reader, and consumer of podcasts. She also enjoys yoga and meditation, writing, and spending time with her partners, her cats, and her two insanely awesome children.
I'm a Fine Arts major with a focus in Photography and minors in ASL and Professional Education. I'm originally from St. Louis, MO but I moved to Florida in 2012 and started at UNF in 2015. I hope to travel the world and eventually get my Master's degree in Interior Design. I'm also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta and hope to bring awareness of LGBT issues to Greek life and the community. I am beyond excited to be a part of the LGBT Resource Center's team and can't wait to get started!
Kii is a sophomore at UNF and their major is special education. They identify as a demisexual queer person. They were born in Ohio and their family currently lives in Maine. They help run the LGBT Center's Trans Talks, and are a member of the LGBT Speaker's Bureau. They love all types of animals and they are a self-proclaimed total nerd. They love sewing and doing other types of crafts, as well as listening to music. When they become a real adult, they want to be a teacher.
Jay is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. As a Jacksonville native, and their experience as a gay, nonbinary, person of color has inspired my interest in promoting social justice and inequality in my local area and the greater world around them. Outside of academic and career goals, my interests include gaming and anime. They may or may not be more of a nerd than Kii.
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Jasmine Elise is a junior at UNF, and had transferred to UNF in Spring 2016. Her current major is Psychology with a minor in Statistics. Jasmine is a very caring and happy person. She identifies as a Transgender Asexual Romantically-Lesbian Female. Meow!
Mentorship Program Intern
Although a declared English and Sociology double major, Sam seeks her Bachelor of Arts in a different area of expertise. With UNF's Cross-Disciplinary Program, she intends to develop her skills in Disability Studies. Sam now brings her cross-cultural and multidisciplinary attitude to the UNF LGBT Resource Center. As a third year Club Can-Do participant, she assists mentoring program coordinator, Angel Kalafatis, with marketing, promotion, communications and event planning. She hopes to raise further awareness of issues converging within the disability and LGBTQIA+ communities.
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Charlie is the LGBT RC Staff's Mascot. Week to week, Charlie is passed from staff member to staff member as a way to recognize others for their efforts on staff. Enjoying life, comforting others and promoting self care are some of Charlie's favorite hobbies. Charlie identifies as a genderqueer owl-penguin and enjoys being up to date in the fashion realm. Charlie is in their second year on staff and is hoping for many more years to come.
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