Dr. Angela Mazaris (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers) is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where she also teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 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 their fullest potential. Dr. Mazaris has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in Providence, R.I., 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. Dr. Mazaris has three children and is happy to call Winston-Salem home.
Kayla (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director for the LGBTQ Center, where they promote 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 their Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in May 2013 and their Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in May 2011. They joined the Wake Forest University community in the summer of 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ Center. Prior to working at WFU, Kayla served as the Coordinator for LGBT Programs in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina, where they worked with the Safe Zone education program, coordinated a peer leadership program, and maintained support and advocacy services for students across the institution. Kayla enjoys calling Winston-Salem home, though they will always be a Bama fan at heart, and loves spending time with their partner and their dogs.