About Us

The LGBTQ Center was established in 2006 as the result of requests from students and faculty for a gathering space and information hub for the LGBT community. Amy Braziller served as the director of the center from that time until 2013. Merri Mattison directed the center during the 2013-2014 academic year. Currently, the center is directed by Jen Macken, Director of Inclusion & Diversity at RRCC.

Meet the Staff

Jen Macken, Director
Director of Inclusion & Diversity

Jen has a long history of work and activism with the LGBT community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, as well as both bachelors and masters degrees in Women’s Studies. While in graduate school, she was fortunate to work in both the campus Women’s Center and intern in the LGBT Center, where she facilitated a support group for students who were coming out. Most recently, Jen was in Oklahoma as the Coordinator of Women’s and LGBT Affairs at Oklahoma State University and the chair of the TEN Institute, a non-profit that conducted research and provided education to advance the rights of LGBT Oklahomans. While not talking about intersectionality or working for social justice, Jen loves cooking and hanging out with her partner, Mika, and their two furry kids.

Peggy Stewart
Program Assistant, Inclusion & Diversity

If no one happens to be in the LGBTQ Center when you visit, please feel free to stop by and leave a message with Peggy Stewart.  Her desk is directly across from the Center and she is more than happy to help you get in touch with the people or resources you need.

Volunteering for the LGBTQ Center

We are always looking for folks to help us out in the center. If you are interested in staffing the space, working on special projects, or serving on our speaker’s bureau, fill out the form here (.doc) and return it to Jen Macken in Room 1254 or send it to jen.macken@rrcc.edu.