Contact Us

Main Center Voice: (312) 413-8619
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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



Megan Carney is an artist, educator and administrator who joined UIC as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center in January of 2011. Megan received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Tech focusing on Directing and Public Dialogue in Theatre and a BA from Kalamazoo College where her ideas about art as a tool for social justice and activism began to take shape.

Megan is a founding director of About Face Youth Theatre in Chicago, a program for LGBTQ youth and their allies that adapts true stories into original plays. During eight years at the helm, Megan’s collaborative work with community partners around the city addressed queer youth homelessness, creation of chosen families, intergenerational connections, identity and leadership development, and the evolution of language in celebrated performances that premiered in Chicago and toured around the country to schools and conferences.

Since then, Megan has presented and taught in a variety of contexts including universities, youth and senior centers, and corporations, facilitating programs and teaching courses that engage questions of identity, performance, oral history collection, diversity, and inclusion.

Megan is a current member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble where she writes and directs plays that advance women through the arts and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre & Music at UIC. Megan’s writing is published online and in print and her work has been recognized with multiple awards including the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, an APA Presidential Citation and induction in Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Photo Credit: Candice Eloby
Symone L. Simmons : Assistant Director

Symone L. Simmons

Assistant Director


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.
Moisés Villada : Assistant Director

Moisés Villada

Assistant Director


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.
Daisy Zamora : Program Coordinator

Daisy Zamora

Program Coordinator


Daisy Yessenia Zamora graduated with a masters in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Latin American & Latino Studies. Daisy enjoys running and hanging out with her friends and dogs in her free time.

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.