Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center

It Starts Now Campaign

College is about more than attending class- it's about finding your identity, making your own choices, deciding how you want to be treated, and deciding how you will treat others. In college you start a new chapter in the story of YOU!
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At Washington State University we believe that all should be accepted and empowered to become the person they want to be. By telling your story you start the journey toward forming a sense of who you are and how you can use your strengths and abilities. By listening to the stories of others you can learn how to accept, value, and embrace those who are different from you. It Starts Now invites WSU students to tell their stories and to listen to the stories that others have to tell.
 
This campaign was founded in fall of 2010 after a national epidemic of suicides related to bullying and violence towards young people based on their real or perceived sexual orientation. This campaign is WSU’s commitment to creating a culture of acceptance and understanding for not only GLBTQ students, but all individuals in our campus community.
 

 

Kelsey Twitchell is an undergraduate senior studying Communication Advertising at Washington State University on the Pullman campus. She loves listening to hipster indie music, especially music that no one’s ever heard of. She’s also a fan of K-Pop (Korean pop music) and loves bands like Big Bang. After graduating, she would like a job in the advertising and marketing fields. Read more...

Dr. Linda Heidenreich is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Originally from Napa, California, Dr. Heidenreich received a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and has been teaching at WSU for 14 years. In addition to teaching, Dr. Heidenreich is also Book Review Editor for the Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies . Some of her many inspirations include Antonia Castaneda, a U.S. Chicana historian who examines sex, gender and power, Lucha Corpi, a poet and Chicana detective novelist, and Gloria Anzaldua, a pioneering Chicana Queer Feminist scholar. Read more...

Dr. Paul Kwon is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He grew up in a suburban area of New York/New Jersey, attended Penn State’s Psychology program for graduate school and has been teaching at WSU since 1996. His research interests include studying resilience, but not just looking at factors that make people depressed, anxious, etc., butlooking at how people overcome different obstacles in their lives. According to Dr. Kwon there’s a lot of research on the problems of sexual minority people but very little research or conversation about the strengths that the community has to overcome obstacles they face. Read more...

Joaquin Chapar works with Washington State University as the Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Services, Counselor/Instructor for the Smart Start Program, and Retention Counselor for the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center in the CUB 4th floor community in Pullman, WA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from WSU and received his Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Born in northern Mexico outside of Tijuana, Joaquin immigrated to the USA, out of economic necessity, when he was thirteen with his family. Joaquin is always seeking to improve himself, the communities that surround him and enjoys engaging with and dedicating his time to give back to the cougar communities of support that are WSU. He is currently looking into Doctoral degrees at WSU and hopes to obtain his Ph.D. in the coming future. Read more...

John Nugent is the Assistant Director of New Student Programs at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He is originally from Missoula, Montana and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Arts degree in Education at WSU. He returned to WSU after working at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been in his current position for almost three years. He has a two year old golden retriever named Molly who takes up a lot of his time but when he isn’t busy he enjoys being with friends, talking politics and spending too much time reading about current events and political history. Read more...