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Jorgenson named Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center director

June 21, 2013
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Christopher Jorgenson

EAU CLAIRE — Christopher Jorgenson has been named director of the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a recent search.

Jorgenson had been the center's interim coordinator since June 2012 and a member of the center's staff since July 2010. This spring the center received the Organization of the Year Award from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund in recognition of programming planned under Jorgenson's leadership.

"We’re pleased Chris accepted the directorship because as many people noted, he’s done a lot to transform the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center into a more powerful program that reflects the campus culture and values," said Kim Wellnitz, an adviser in UW-Eau Claire's Academic Advising office and chair of the search committee for the directorship. "He’s done this with creativity, dedication and energy, and engaged students in the process. Those involved in the search are confident he’ll continue leading us toward positive engagement, learning and inclusiveness."

As Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center director, Jorgenson provides resources and referrals for women as well as members of the LGBTQA community on campus. In addition, he plans and implements events consistent not only with national observances that promote equality through diversity (National Coming Out Day, Love Your Body Day, National Day of Silence, Women's History Month, etc.), but also with UW-Eau Claire's equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives.

"The Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center has enjoyed some incredible successes over the last few years, and its presence on campus has become a highly visible resource for women and the LGBTQ community and its allies," Jorgenson said. "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue engaging the UW-Eau Claire campus community in ways that challenge, educate and inspire others to make change not only in their own lives, but in the lives of those around them. Going forward, the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center will continue to offer programming and events that provide space for students, faculty and staff to share their experiences with others, in the hope that we may learn from each other and thus create a campus that is welcoming and safe for each and every one of its members."

Jorgenson is a member of UW-Eau Claire's LGBTQA advisory board; serves on the Commission on the Status of Women; is a women's studies affiliate; and coordinates Peer Haven, UW-Eau Claire's premier LGBTQ peer mentoring program.

Jorgenson received both a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a master of arts degree in English literature and textual interpretation from UW-Eau Claire.

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