Athens, Ga. – Meg Evans, currently LGBTQ resources coordinator and housefellow at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named the new director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Georgia.
“The student experience will be greatly enhanced by Meg’s extensive experience and leadership in LGBTQ resources,” said T.W. Cauthen, assistant vice president for academic, campus and community partnerships. “Her approach at Carnegie Mellon was comprehensive and effective, and we look forward to experiencing similar success here at UGA.”
Evans’ appointment is effective Aug. 10.
“I love this work because it means I get to engage in the difficult conversations,” Evans said. “I get to work beside incredible students and colleagues who want to work together to welcome and affirm LGBT people.”
The LGBT Resource Center provides programming and engagement to meet the needs of the LGBT and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education and support. Current programming highlights include Dawgs Making It Better, a weeklong program to promote awareness in the campus community; the student organization Lambda Alliance; and the Safe Space program, which educates faculty, staff and students who are interested in learning how to better support and affirm the LGBT community.
In addition to supervising the resource center’s staff, Evans will oversee and facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of educational, social, support and resource programs for students regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. She will also serve as an advocate for the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students on the UGA campus and beyond.
“It is my hope that through continued intersectional programming and educational initiatives, the LGBT Resource Center will continue to provide a space for students to feel affirmed and empowered,” Evans said.
Evans earned her Bachelor of Arts in outdoor leadership from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, and her Master of Science in community leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
After serving at positions in public schools and hospitals, Evans began her career in student affairs as a housing coordinator and residence hall director at Warren Wilson College. She then served as health and wellness coordinator, student success program mentor and hall director at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, before joining Carnegie Mellon University.
The LGBT Resource Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center’s mission is to create an inclusive, sustainable space of self-discovery for the LGBT community within the University of Georgia. The center supports and affirms every student regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression. The LGBT Resource Center serves as a space by which all members of the University of Georgia community can engage and explore the issues associated with sexual and gender identities. This mission is achieved by a commitment to an intersectional social justice framework, leadership development and equity. For more information, see lgbtcenter.uga.edu.
UGA Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 19 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.