Contact Us

Main Center Voice: (312) 413-8619
GSC E-Mail:

Main GSC Location:
GSC Lounge, Room 181 (First Floor by Harrison Entrance)
Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 W. Harrison St. (MC 369)
Chicago, IL 60607

Megan Carney : Director

Megan Carney


Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Megan Carney provides vision and resources for collaborative programs that investigate and reveal diverse LGBTQ identities and histories using oral history collection, participatory workshops and a variety of public programs. Megan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre & Music at UIC. She has an MFA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech with a focus on Directing and Public Dialogue and a BA from Kalamazoo College.

Megan’s work in theatre, education and community development has been recognized with multiple After Dark Awards, a TCG Observership Grant, GLSEN Pathfinder Award, APA Presidential Citation, induction in Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, Rockefeller Foundation MAP Grant, and a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Megan’s writing on community-based art making is published online and in print.

Megan is a co-founder of the celebrated LGBTQ youth theatre and leadership development program, About Face Youth Theatre, and a current member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux Inc.

Moisés Villada : Assistant Director

Moisés Villada

Assistant Director

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Moisés Villada has been working at the GSC since 2007. He has a long history of working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) communities and organizations in the city of Chicago including About Face Theater, Association of Latinos/Latinas Motivating Action (ALMA), Chicago History Museum, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Entre Familia: PFLAG En Español and Roosevelt University.

Moisés was honored in 2004 and 2005 by the Windy City Times as one of 30 activists under the age of 30. He has appeared on National Public Radio and featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye. Moisés currently serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. He enjoys using his dynamic facilitation, communication, and outreach skills to amplify the experiences of people’s multiple identities to create visibility and empowerment. He is especially passionate about mentoring queer youth and preserving the histories of LGBTQ Latin@s.

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux Inc.

Symone L. Simmons : Program Coordinator

Symone L. Simmons

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: Symone, S, They

Symone L. Simmons joined the GSC team in October 2013, coming with vast experience in higher education, including work in the Office of the Vice President, Admissions, Pre-Collegiate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs. Within the Gender and Sexuality Center, Symone primarily focuses on evaluation of LGBTQA programs and workshops, as well as planning and coordinating the Safe Zone program.

In addition to being a Program Coordinator in the GSC, Symone is also a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago. Symone’s interests and passions include working with and conducting research that gives voice to students, and most recently faculty and staff, from populations underrepresented and often marginalized in higher education; particularly those who identify as multicultural, LGBTQIA, low-income, and first-generation. Moreover, Symone’s dissertation research will explore intersectionality of racial, gender, and sexual identities of trans* postsecondary educators.

Anna Lepsch : Graduate Assistant

Anna Lepsch

Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

By public transportation, you can reach the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) by the #60 and the #7 CTA buses. These buses will let you out directly diagonal from BSB at Harrison and Morgan. You can also take the Blue Line eL going west to Forest Park and exit at the UIC-Halsted stop. After exiting the train, exit out toward Morgan St. (farthest west exit). Then, walk 1/2 block south on Morgan and BSB will be right there.

There is an open air, pay lot for visitors and faculty/staff at the northeast corner of Harrison and Morgan. There should be a parking attendant to take cash and credit Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. This lot is typically not open to visitors on the weekend. For about a two hour stay, the cost is $8.

Hours of Operation:
The GSC is typically open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. There is the occasional time when the staff maybe out of the center due to on- or off-campus programming. UIC is a semester higher educaitonal institution – Fall and Spring semester. We are closed during the Winter Break (Christmas Eve-January 2). We do work during the summer preparing for the upcoming fall as well as participating in many other events and outreach opportunities.