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Renee Wells, Director

ReneeRenee Wells has lived in states throughout the South and Midwest, including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. She received her undergraduate degrees in Education (BSEd) and English (BA) from Auburn University and her graduate degrees in English (MA) and Creating Writing (MFA) from Miami University and Southern Illinois University. Before she began her full-time work in diversity and inclusion, she taught English (composition, American literature, creative writing, and GLBT fiction and poetry) at several institutions, including Kennesaw State University, Agnes Scott College and the University of Alabama.

Renee comes to NC State after working for three years as the Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Technological University. In that role, she oversaw GLBT and Women’s programming and outreach which involves coordinating the Safe Space and Young Women Leaders Programs, planning events for GLBT and Women’s History Months, advising several GLBT and women’s student organizations, coordinating the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Cultural Competency Training Program, and developing other outreach and student development programs such as leadership retreats and corporate job receptions.

Renee returns to Raleigh (where she attended high school) after having been away since 1993. She enjoys reading, writing, photography, camping, and pampering her three adorably spoiled Chihuahuas.


Natalie Nguyen, Assistant Director

lavendergrad14-26Natalie Nguyen is originally from Kansas City but has been working and living in the Jacksonville, FL community for the past nine years. He has served on several LGBT organizations as a board member, has been a certified HIV tester/counselor and county health department counselor, and has spoken at the city council for an inclusive human rights ordinance.

Natalie has an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and BS in Communications, Public Relations, both from the University of North Florida (UNF), as well as a BA in Music Theory from the University of Kansas. He has worked as a Ryan White HIV Medical Case Manager for the Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN), as interim director/coordinator for the UNF LGBT Resource Center, and as a Resource Development Coordinator for the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN, Inc.)

Additionally, he served as People of Color Co-Chair, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals; Young Leadership Council Chair, OASIS, the GLBT Resource Center of Northeast Florida; Secretary, Organizations United Together (OUT), Jacksonville; and Duval County Health Department intake volunteer for STI screenings. He has played in various bands and spent 9 years as a music teacher for students ages 4-60 in piano, guitar, bass guitar, and beginning percussion. He also has experience as a web designer.

Julius Perkins, Program Assistant

lavendergrad14-6Julius E. Perkins, a proud alumnus of Elizabeth City State University, received his Bachelor of Arts in the fall of 2010 in Music Performance, with a concentration in voice.  As an ambassador for the university, Julius served as the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) 2007- 2008 state secretary; as the premiere vocalist for the inaugural 105 National Voices of History Historically Black Colleges & Universities Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and as an annual recruiter among the United States of America during spring tours.  His efforts as student supervisor of the Kennis Wilkins Call Center at ECSU, established the “Class of 2008” giving campaign with contributions reaching the remarkable financial goal of $26,000.00.

In February of 2011, Julius traveled to PyeongnaeHopyeong, South Korea where he served as the primary foreign English teacher at Jangnae Elementary School for grades two through six.  His unique teaching method and technique produced an enormous growth in grammatical structure, reading comprehension, and casual dialogue expression with over 900 students.  Beyond the classroom, his involvement with the inclusive outreach ministry Open Door Community Church created avenues for GLBT-Q HIV testing, strategic planning for transgender equality, and various resources and social outlets for the “unnoticed” community.  In addition to his proven success as an innovator, Julius was selected to facilitate the first English cooking workshop at the Star Light Resort English Camp, and was named Director of Children’s Choir at Pyeongnae Presbyterian Church.

Julius, a native of Greenville, North Carolina is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Julius R. Perkins.  In his spare time he enjoys time shared with six siblings, traveling abroad, and singing.


Adam Ward, Graduate Advisor

Adam _ GLBT Center PhotoAdam Ward is a M.Sc. student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program at North Carolina State University, with a concentration in cell biology. His research focus is on cell cycle regulation and molecular oncology. Adam obtained his B.Sc. in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University, where he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. During undergraduate Adam also conducted research at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, and in the department of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. Additionally, Adam served on the program committee for the GLBT CommUnity Alliance student organization.

Adam is currently the Graduate Assistant to the GLBT Center, and the Graduate Advisor to the GLBT CommUnity Alliance. In this role he advises and trains students and student leaders; assists with GLBT-CA programming and weekly meetings; provides support services to undergraduate and graduate students; conducts educational trainings for faculty, staff, and students; helps to plan, advertise, and oversee GLBT Center programs and events; serves on University committees, including acting as the GLBT liaison to the Student Health Center; and works with Residence Hall staff to facilitate safe and inclusive living environments.

Adam is also actively involved in several community organizations, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network, a local LGBT and Ally business group. You can occasionally catch his alter-ego, Lily Diva-ine, performing on-campus or at local clubs. He will graduate in May 2014, and is pursuing medical school following graduation. He hopes to continually be involved in the LGBT rights movement, and is particularly interested in HIV/AIDS research as a career path.


Andy DeRoin, Intern

Andy DeRoin is a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) student interning with the GLBT Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Prior to NC State, Andy earned a BS in Psychology and a Certificate in Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa. Their most formative undergraduate experiences included serving as an executive board member for the GLBT Allied Union, which inspired a social work focus on program development, advocacy, and community building.

As an MSW intern, Andy will be designing training materials that help campus leaders better serve LGBTQIA-identified students, faculty, and staff. They will be researching the needs of transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students as well as producing recommendations and actions steps to create a more gender-inclusive campus community. Andy is also involved in researching the experiences of LGBTQIA students in study abroad programs at universities across the country.


Donte McGuire, Intern

lavendergrad14-5Donte is a second year Master’s of Higher Education Administration student interning with the GLBT Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Prior to NC State, Donte earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2008. Donte has spent the majority of his professional career in various fields of education including international teaching, college access, and high school re-entry. These professional endeavors reflect a personal and vocational faith in the (individually and communally) transformative nature of education.

This semester Donte will be working with the GLBT Center’s staff and students to engage and mobilize our straight allies. Additionally, he hopes to increase the center’s collaborative efforts with other campus departments and student organizations around areas of common interest.


Advisory Board Members

Dr. Bill Swallow, Chairperson
Renee Wells, GLBT Center Director

Deb Luckadoo
, OIED – Staff Diversity
Jose Picart, DASA – Vice Provost Academic Programs and Services
Renee Wells, GLBT Center – Director
Natalie Nguyen
, GLBT Center – Assistant Director
Adam Ward
, GLBT Center – Graduate Assistant
Dan Solomon, College of Sciences – Dean
Richard Tyler, Counseling Center – Staff Counselor
Ken Johnson, Scholars Program – Assistant Director
Madeline Goss, Community Member – Alumni
Tony Caravano, Community Member – Alumni
Claire Crosland, Undergraduate Student – SCBOD Representative
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