Contact Us

Main Center Voice: (312) 413-8619
GSC E-Mail: lgbtqa@uic.edu

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

Director

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 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, a theatre and leadership development program for LGBTQ youth that adapts true stories for the stage. During eight years at the helm, Megan’s collaborative work with community partners around the city addressed housing instability, creation of chosen families, and inter-generational collaboration in celebrated performances that premiered in Chicago and toured around the country to schools and conferences. Megan is currently the Director of Community Engagement for Rivendell Theatre where she also writes and directs. Megan teaches in a variety of contexts including universities, youth and senior centers, and corporations facilitating programs that engage questions of identity, oral history, diversity, and inclusion. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre & Music at UIC.
Photo Credit: Candice Eloby

carneym@uic.edu
Symone L. Simmons : Assistant Director

Symone L. Simmons

Assistant Director

Dr. S. Simmons is an Assistant Director at the Gender and Sexuality Center. S joined the GSC team in October 2013, coming with vast experiences in higher education, including work in an Office of the Vice President, Admissions, Pre-Collegiate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs. Within the Gender and Sexuality Center, S primarily focuses on coordinating and facilitating the Safe Zone program, as well as evaluation of Safe Zone and other Gender and Sexuality Center programs, events, and workshops.

S’s interests and passions include education, working alongside, and conducting research that centers marginalized experiences. S advocates for and creates spaces that invite voices from communities underrepresented and often marginalized in higher education; particularly those who identify as multicultural, LGBTQIA+, low-income, and first-generation. Another example of this commitment is S’s dissertation research which explored the experiences of trans* postsecondary educators working in colleges and universities across the U.S.

symone@uic.edu
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.

moises@uic.edu
Benji Hart : Program Coordinator

Benji Hart

Program Coordinator

Benji Hart is an activist, artist, and youth worker dedicated to radical education. Much of their work focuses on using the dance form of vogue to teach Black and Brown queer history, prison and police abolition, and to empower poor and working queer communities in creative and celebratory ways. Their writing has been published in Truthout, Salon Magazine, The Socialist Worker, and their own blog, Radical Faggot.

Currently they are the Program Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center, overseeing the Queer Compass program for first year students. They are beyond thrilled to be working alongside the warm staff and inspiring students at UIC. Benji loves cartoons, vegan food, herbal tea and laughing hard with friends.

bhart3@uic.edu
Jonathan Kelly : Graduate Assistant

Jonathan Kelly

Graduate Assistant

While Jonathan was an undergraduate, the electorate of his home state of Colorado passed "Amendment 2" -- a state constitutional amendment that banned municipalities from prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This stunning act helped motivate Jonathan to return to the state after college and work on improving the state of queer organizing and education for a number of years. In 1998, he moved to Chicago and for 17 years worked to advance the cause of freedom of speech and freedom of access to information while at the American Library Association. Jonathan is now excited to start the process of bringing his passions for social change, discourse, and community engagement into the world of museums!

jkelle27@uic.edu
Tyler Dean Hamlin : Communications Aide

Tyler Dean Hamlin

Communications Aide

Tyler Dean Hamlin transferred from Kankakee Community College and is an undergraduate student at UIC. They are studying Gender & Women's Studies and Psychology. Tyler is the president of the UIC Pride student organization, a volunteer for the Sex Workers Outreach Project - Chicago, a research assistant in Community Psychology, and an activist. They enjoy Gilmore Girls, copious amounts of coffee, dancing, and being with friends (including, but not limited to, humans, dogs, cats, etc.).

thamli3@uic.edu
 

Directions:
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.