Dr. Angela Mazaris
Dr. Angela Mazaris (she/her/hers) is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where she also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. As LGBTQ Center Director, she provides education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. Dr. Mazaris serves as part of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team, and is committed to creating an institution that welcomes, supports, and engages everyone to his or her fullest potential. Dr. Mazaris has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she was honored to hold a Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Her teaching and research focus on LGBTQ history, queer theory, public history, and gender studies. At Brown she served as the first Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, and as Graduate Proctor at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. She was also a member of Brown’s Diversity Advisory Board, where she worked specifically on issues related to first-generation students and social class. While in Providence, she served on the board of the Equity Action Fund, Rhode Island’s fund for LGBTQ initiatives. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Mazaris served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service, where she developed agency-wide inclusion and diversity initiatives and prepared policy recommendations. At the IRS, Dr. Mazaris was in charge of a special emphasis program for LGBTQ issues – a first for the agency. Dr. Mazaris and her partner have three children, and are happy to now call Winston-Salem home.
Kayla (she/her/hers) serves as the Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ Center, where she promotes the Center’s commitments to education, support, and advocacy around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity through developing programming, educational opportunities, and student engagement experiences. Kayla received her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in May 2013 and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in May 2011. Prior to working at Wake Forest University, Kayla served as the Coordinator for LGBT Programs in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina, where she worked with the Safe Zone education program, coordinated a peer leadership program, and maintained support and advocacy services for students across the institution. Kayla lives with her precious adopted pup, Jack, and enjoys reading, running (or tries to enjoy it), and spending time with loved ones.
Graduate Student Intern
Kevin is a graduate student intern for the LGBTQ Center. He completed undergraduate school in May of 2015 with a degree in English Literature and Religion. Currently, Kevin is working towards a Masters of Divinity degree from the WFU School of Divinity. Kevin is excited to assist in the Center’s work of fostering a thriving LGBTQ campus community. Additionally, Kevin hopes to build allyship with a wide range of campus affiliates. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with family.
Richard Cabán Cubero
Richard (he/him/his) is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is majoring in Religion and double-minoring in Politics and International Affairs and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. He currently has no plans following graduation.
Julius (he/him/his) is from western North Carolina. He is a Political Science & International Affairs major and is double-minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Communication. Through his studies, he hopes to someday practice law/policy-work, especially as it relates to identity-based legal proceedings. Further, he plans to concentrate his efforts on the intersectional inclusion of queer identities in historically heteronormative/cisgender-dominated spaces. Julius describes his taste in music as ‘chameleon-like’ and spends most of his free time listening to a myriad of musicians; his two major icons are David Bowie and Lady Gaga.
Austin (he/him/his) was born and raised in a small town called Canton, NC before joining The Forest in 2015. He has high hopes to be a Psychology and Studio Art double major, and he is currently involved with the WFU Concert Choir, Club Gymnastics Team and is now excited to be a part of the LGBTQ Center! In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, watching Netflix with his boyfriend, and binge-reading just about anything.
Tatianna (she/her/hers) serves as a student worker for the LGBTQ Center, where she promotes the Center’s commitments to educate, support, and advocate for issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity through daily peer interactions, both in the Center and outside of it. Tatianna is a senior and is majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is especially interested in learning about multicultural approaches to addressing issues affecting gender and sexuality and is committed to making Wake Forest an inclusive campus. She likes to try to follow kpop dances…well, really she just likes to dance a lot.
Janae (she/her/hers) is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, double majoring in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is an avid fan of Korean dramas, Rumi quotes, and inclusive spaces which is why she is so excited to be a student worker in the LGBTQ Center!